In 2015, a band of artists, craftspeople, and lovers of life brought their wandering imaginations and lofty aspirations to a magical piece of land in Carmel, California. Out in the sunny valley, we cultivated grapevines and gardens to craft beautiful wines and experiences to delight the senses. We named this place Folktale Winery & Vineyards. Folktale was inspired by the idea that in every great bottle of wine, there is a story. It is filled with uniqueness of place, a year of sun and rain, and the art and craft of winemaking. The story is about our people, our guests, and our passion. This is a love story, and the best love stories never end.
Folktale Winery & Vineyards was originally founded in 1982 by Bob and Patty Brower, as Chateau Julien Wine Estate. Inspired by their trips to the Bordeaux region of France, the winery was the realization of their dream to bring that experience of wine and hospitality to Carmel. In 1996, the winery property was expanded to the adjoining parcel. In addition to building a new estate residence and expanding the vineyard, a 10,000 sq. ft. barrel hall was constructed to house over 2000 wine barrels. In 2015, the property was acquired by local winemakers, Gregory Ahn and Jonathan White, and renamed Folktale Winery & Vineyards. The name is inspired by the thrill of discovery, the joy of gathering, and the idea that every great bottle of wine holds a story.
We are committed to sustainable farming practices for all our wines. The 5 acre vineyard at the winery is 100% organically farmed. We recently installed new owl boxes and raptor perches around the property to naturally manage populations of pests, like ground squirrels and gophers. Our estate vineyards include over 150 acres in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County, just over the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east.
Our winemaking team is led by David Baird, who works closely with our consulting winemakers and leads the cellar team to manage our various wine programs. Jamey Whetstone is the consulting winemaker for Folktale wines, bringing his signature big, lush style to our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Sabrine Rodems continues to craft the award winning Rhone varietals for Folktale’s Le Mistral brand, which has been a pioneer in Rhône-style wines in the Central Coast since it was founded in 1992.