Château Julien Wine Estate is located on 16 acres in Carmel Valley, California. The winery boasts breathtaking vistas of the lush green valley surrounded by the majestic Carmel Valley Mountains. The vineyard is highlighted throughout the seasons – from the breaking buds of spring to summers lush leaf canopy and the abundant grape cluster display of fall.
Bob and Patty Brower's commitment to hospitality began when the winery opened its doors in 1982. The building itself is a replica of a home on the French/Swiss border. The warmth and hospitality exudes from the moment guests enter the Chateau. A magnificent grand fireplace, open beam ceilings and well appointed antiques set the stage for tasting Private Reserve wines. A hand blown stained glass window sits majestically at the opposite end of the tasting room, or "Great Hall." There is no tasting bar in the Great Hall, but rather an eighteen-foot antique mahogany table for tasting wines. A comfortable, inviting atmosphere is extended to each and every guest. The winery is open to visitors daily for wine tasting and tours, and all guests are welcome to enjoy the ambiance of the garden cobblestone courtyard off of the Chateau. Within the Chateau, there are several separate venues for hosting private events. Each room offers a unique setting for guests to enjoy.
Nestled amongst six acres of Sangiovese grapes is the winery's newest addition: the "Chai" (pronounced "shay"). All of Château Julien's barrels are set in the Chai for aging. Built one story into the ground, the Chai is kept at a naturally cool temperature and humidity for aging wines. The walls are 12"-15" thick, with a natural ventilation system extending from the west of the building to the east. The addition of the Chai in 1998 has enabled the winery to barrel ferment one hundred percent of the Chardonnays and age wine longer in oak. Custom ambiance lighting and the dramatic stacking of oak barrels, make the Chai an ideal setting for private events.