Meet Our Team – Hunter Lowder

When Hunter Lowder suggested to her father that he should buy Holman Ranch in 2006, she had no idea she would become an integral part of the business.

“No, not at all,” she says, when asked if that was what she envisioned at the time. “I laughed when he told me he wanted me to run the wedding business at the ranch.”

At the time Hunter was 26, was the manager of the popular Rio Grill restaurant in Carmel and was contemplating perhaps going back to school.

She knew her parents, Tom and Jarman Lowder, both well-traveled wine and food lovers, wanted to retire and buy a small winery and make a little wine in their sunset years. But buying a 400-acre ranch in Carmel Valley with a 6,000-square-foot historic hacienda, was another story.

“It was definitely daunting, we didn’t know anything about running a ranch,” she says after agreeing to go into business with her parents. “But we had some amazing people to help us conquer the learning curve. One reason we have been successful is we didn’t try to be a jack of all trades.”

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Hunter says her parents were always interested in cooking, wine and traveling, passing that knowledge and passion along to their daughters (she has two younger sisters).

Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and also took language courses at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

She returned to Philadelphia to earn a second degree in Restaurant Management from Walnut Hill College. While there in 2002, she met Nick Elliott, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. They married in 2004 and moved to the Monterey Peninsula, where her parents had a second home. Both were familiar with Carmel and Monterey from previous visits there, and both fell in love with the area.

Hunter took a management position at Rio Grill, while Nick took a job DJing for weddings and events. He eventually moved into a management position with the DJ company, something that would help him later at Holman Ranch.

“My husband’s experience with weddings and events came in handy,” she says, since he had helped coordinate  special events with the DJ company.

From that relatively humble start, Hunter, Nick and her parents set out to make major improvements to the property, taking three years to restore the buildings and property into a world-class special events venue. Vineyards were planted and a 100-tree olive grove came to fruition. And after a few years, Holman Ranch wines and olive oils were being produced.

And in 2014, they bought the renowned Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar and later added on the Jarman Tasting Lounge to sell Jarman Wines, a label named after her mother, who passed away in 2012.

“We really didn’t have a vision at the time. It was really just a wish of my parents to have a small winery and olive grove,” says Hunter. “It has become an ‘empire.’ We really didn’t have any idea that this is what it could be.”

Hunter, who humorously calls herself “The Queen of Everything” in this burgeoning empire, says she finds the hospitality and marketing side of the business the most satisfying for her.

“I enjoy the business side of creativity,” she says. “We (she and Nick) both love the hospitality industry. You really have to love it or it will eat you alive. I really enjoy being able to read what people want and being able to give it to them.”

As for the future of this growing business, she says she’s not actively seeking new businesses, but you never know.

“Things keep happening,” she says laughing. “I think we’ll keep growing, but for now we want to maintain and improve the businesses we have now. We  want to grow sustainably so that the business is around for the long term.”

Well, she’s already seen the future in this family business in their 8-year-old son Max, who seems to have acquired their passion for food, wine and hospitality.

“He’s a good traveler, a pretty good eater and he knows the wines we produce,” she says. “He spends time at the winery and at the restaurant, which is great. For me, this is my family business, for my son.”


Meet Our Team – Nick Elliott

Before he moved to California, Nick Elliott, originally from Philadelphia, greatly preferred beer to wine.

But since moving here with his wife Hunter Lowder, he’s become quite the wine expert. In fact, he’s the resident wine expert as Guest Services Manager for Holman Ranch, Jarman Wines and Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar, the family-owned partnership headed by his wife.

“I grew up, I guess,” he laughs, when asked how the avid beer drinker turned into a wine connoisseur. “I definitely immersed myself in viticulture and enology. It’s just fascinating to me.”

Elliott met his wife in 2004 in Philadelphia. She was studying restaurant management, he was a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. “We just hit it off,” Nick says succinctly. Before long they were married and later that year they were winding their way to California.

“We both really loved it out here,” says Nick about the cross-country move. “Her parents had a second house out here, she had visited them often and she attended MIIS (in Monterey).”

Hunter Lowder became the manager at the popular eatery Rio Grill in Carmel, while Nick started off as a DJ for a local company and worked his way into management. He saw all sides of that business, from DJing at weddings, anniversaries and parties, to coordinating and arranging for those events.

So when Hunter’s parents bought the 400-acre Holman Ranch in 2006 and made her the ranch’s event and marketing coordinator, it was almost a natural transition for Nick.

“I came into the ranch business more on the event end of things,” he says about his DJ business experience. “It wasn’t as foreign to me as it was to her. But I had a whole lot of learning to do when it came to wine.”

The wedding event aspect of Holman Ranch was already established, but the wine part was a “slow, gradual” process that only took off in 2012, after the first wines from the new vineyards finally came to maturity.

“Holman Ranch was an event venue first and a winery second. So the whole wine thing kind of started on the side,” he says. “In 2012 the wine business was really up and running.”

And that’s when Nick immersed himself in the wine side of Holman Ranch, becoming the ranch’s wine expert and Guest Services Manager. And now, with the recent purchase of Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar and the creation of Jarman Wines (named after Hunter’s mother) and its tasting lounge next to Will’s Fargo, Nick has three venues in which wine is a significant feature. He views all three as complementary of each other.

And what appeals to Nick is the social aspect of the business.

“The customer service end of it is very fulfilling. I really enjoy that one-on-one client time,” he says. “I really enjoy being in the tasting room, selling wine and wine club memberships. Just in the tasting room alone I’ve met people from all over the world. Those are my favorite things. My least favorite is paperwork.”

As for the future of the business, which has grown rapidly in just the last couple of years, Nick would prefer to take a steady “maintain and improve” approach, “to make what we have the best it could possibly be.”

Nick and Hunter live in Carmel Valley with their son Max.


Holman Ranch Tasting Room To Hold Holiday Shopping Events Benefitting the Alzheimer Association

Meet the Artists. Start Your Holiday Shopping. Support a Good Cause.

CARMEL VALLEY, CA  (October 2015)  Holman Ranch Tasting Room located at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley, California presents holiday shopping for a cause:

  • INSPIRED BY NATURE: New works by Fereshteh Fatemi -Sunday December 6, and Saturday December 12, 12-4 pmFereshteh Fatemi’s recent jewelry line is the result of her quest to combine her creative talents with her years of spiritual journey. She is continuously inspired by nature, and her designs show the evolution of her connection to Mother Earth and its abundant organic forms and colors.
  • WEAR IT, ROCK IT, LOVE IT: One of a kind interchangeable belt buckles and hand-cut leather belts by Cali Maple Designs Saturday November 28, and Sunday November 29 11am-4pm

The Facts:

  • Join Cali Maple Designs Saturday November 28th, and Sunday, November 29th holiday shopping at event Holman Ranch Tasting Room E 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA.  Cali Maple Designs is a unique and independent Santa Cruz based belt company, owned and operated by Jana Dougan. By specializing in creating genuine leather hand-cut belts and interchangeable buckles, Cali Maple Designs is able to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are an extension of one’s personality, while adding a whimsical flair to the waistline.
  • “Inspired by Nature” Holiday Shopping event at Holman Ranch Tasting Room19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA Sunday December 6, and Saturday December 12, 12:00- 4:00
    • Join us for a 2 days of Holiday Shopping
    • Meet the artist Fereshteh Fatemi.
    • Sip wines from Holman Ranch
  • Support a good cause!  15%of each purchase to benefit the Alzheimer Association.  Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

Artist’s bios:

Fereshteh Fatemi was born in Tehran, Iran. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and later on continued her education at a graduate level in Interior Architecture at California State University, Long Beach. She received a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2013.

She was involved in design related projects for over 30 years, including a career as a designer for international hotels and restaurants.  Her passion for creating art and hand-made objects inspired her to create numerous large-scale 3-dimensional wall graphics, greeting cards, evening bags, and finally jewelry, which has been her main focus for the past decade.

Jana Dougan  started out as a decorative painter by trade, specializing in luxurious plasters and glazes, while living in Lake Tahoe. After a relocation to Santa Cruz in 2008, she switched gears and turned her creative energy to more functional art. Utilizing natural pieces from the surrounding environment, as well as original artwork and custom photography, each belt and buckle is personally handcrafted. Always being on the hunt for materials such as leather scraps, beach glass, recycled watch parts, skeleton keys, cowhide scraps, and a multitude of organic ingredients, allows her to create distinctive pieces.

 

Set with the intention to share her art with the world, she wanted to create belt buckles that are an extension of ones personality, closely resonating with her carefree and playful nature.

Being a native Canadian, who relocated for love, but fell for everything in between; She is a nature lover, ocean worshiper and purveyor of fun, and rare things. Cali Maple buckles are infused with an element of reclaiming, salvage, and reshaping otherwise disregarded materials to resurrect a unique style and fashion that will reflect upon you and the life you live. Our intention is to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are as extraordinary as you are!

Fereshteh has participated in several juried art shows and was selected as a participant in the Studio Tour Santa Cruz County, 2015. Her work is featured at the Art League Santa Cruz, and can also be viewed at her website: ferangelika.com.

Artist’s statement:

I am inspired first and foremost by two aspects of nature: its abundant colors – as expressed in my beaded designs –  and its organic shapes – represented in my silver pieces.  I am particularly drawn to water and its symbolic representation of the fluidity of life, and am constantly looking for more ways of creating the ‘flow’ element in my pieces. I am also very fond of the ginkgo tree, its resilient nature, and the unlimited possibilities of the forms that its leaf offers, which has been a source of inspiration for many of my designs.

Recently, I have integrated the use of other leaves and branches to create molds for the numerous Precious Metal Clay (PMC) pieces that I have been creating, in conjunction with the Sterling Silver pieces, through various silversmithing processes.  Nature never ceases to amaze me!


Holman Ranch Tasting Room Gives Back For National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month This November

CARMEL VALLEY, CA  (October 2015) November not only marks the beginning of the holiday season, but it is also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, recognizing a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Treat yourself to a getaway this November with the Ultimate Ranch Experience and we will donate 10% of the cost to Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (See itinerary for the Ultimate Ranch Experience below).

Toast the holidays with a wine that gives back. For every Holman Ranch wine club membership started in November, we will donate $5 to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. Help us reach our goal of $3000!

Ultimate Ranch Experience Itinerary:

Monday:

4PM arrival, wine tasting at Holman Ranch tasting room, receive your key and head up to our historic 400 acre ranch, that will be your home away from home for the next 24 hours!

5PM after unpacking in your cozy, historic guest rooms, enjoy a glass of wine on your front porch in a reclaimed teak rocking chair, or a refreshing dip in the first pool ever built in Carmel Valley, perhaps a game of horseshoes or a leisurely stroll on our many miles of trails.

7PM Enjoy your dinner at our sister restaurant, Will’s Fargo Steakhouse and Bar ($150 per couple certificate included in package)

9PM return to Holman Ranch and take advantage of your s’mores kit found in your room, shoot some pool in our Game Room while enjoying some tunes from our vintage jukebox.

Retire to your room and fall asleep to nothing but the sounds of nature.

Tuesday:

7:30-9:30AM Enjoy a continental self-serve breakfast basket delivered to your front door.

12PM check out

12:30PM picnic lunch delivered to ranch

1PM wine cave tour with barrel tasting, vineyard tour, finished off with a tasting and amuse bouche at our Jarman tasting lounge and patio

  • extend your stay to 2 nights and get the option to upgrade to a wellness, golf, culinary package. 

To make your reservations call 831-659-2640 or email [email protected].

 

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background:

Located at the north-eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards’ Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Stop by Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Tastings are offered daily. A standard tasting includes four varietals. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 am–6:00 pm and can be reserved for private events. http://www.holmanranch.com/

Holman Ranch Background:

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

About the Wine Caves:

The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and low humidity of the caves. The 3,000-square-foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit and contains four 750-gallon tanks, four 1,200-gallon tanks, and four open-top tanks that can hold two tons of grapes each. One hundred French oak barrels are maintained year-round. Winery operations such as de-stemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place in the cool environment of The Caves. Bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem a low figure, but harvesting hours are limited to between 7 a.m. to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half-ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the de-stemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August, with the busiest time being September. The winery produces 3,000-5,000 cases annually.

About The Owners:

Carmel Valley’s iconic steakhouse Will’s Fargo is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder, who also team up to run nearby Holman Ranch, a wedding and special event venue that also produces wine and olive oil. Lowder formerly served as manager of Rio Grill in Carmel, while Elliott is a culinary school graduate. At Will’s, Lowder manages the front of the house while Elliott runs the bar. The couple maintains Will’s Fargo’s reputation as an elite steakhouse and popular locals’ hangout, while also using the property as an off-site option for Holman Ranch guests.


Holman Ranch Tasting Room Celebrates The Holidays – Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus and He Must Drink Wine!

CARMEL VALLEY, CA  (September 2015)  At some point it’s going to happen. You’re going to have to attack that Christmas list of yours.  It can seem like the holiday season is full of potential wine-related pitfalls: what’s the correct bottle to give to your boss? Which bottle would be nice for a dinner hostess gift, and what can you buy for a party? There is better time than now to warm up with a glass of wine at the Holman Ranch Tasting Room.  Let our team help you shop for the wine lover in your life and take home a few bottles for yourself. It’s one-stop, slightly selfish shopping at its best. How grand!

Whether you are looking to pair wines with Christmas Dinner, share new wines with friends and family at holiday parties or need the perfect wine lover’s gift.   Let Holman Ranch help you spread the cheer this Christmas.

Give The Gift of Membership The perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list if the Holman Ranch Wine Club! Your Ticket to Unique Members-only Experiences.  There are two levels of membership that perfectly pair with your preferences. ESTATE CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2 shipments per year / 1 case total (6 bottles per shipment)

Estate Membership guarantees access to all of our small production wines and is an excellent way to become familiar with our Holman Ranch Estate mountain vineyards. Many of these wines are exclusive to our tasting room and Wine Club and not available anywhere else. In addition to regular event invitations, Holman Ranch will host preferred events and exclusive Members Only release parties on the Ranch and in our wine cave. We offer a Pinot Noir and White option, as well as a Pinot Noir-only option for those who prefer reds.

The Estate Club Membership includes: •  Two week pre-release email notification of wines to be shipped, pricing and expected ship date •  Complimentary tastings for you and up to three guests (maximum of four people)

  • Exclusive access to “Wine Club Only” and new release wines as well as our Estate Olive Oil
  • Pre-release opportunity to purchase new wines before Tasting Room release •  Complimentary VIP tours of the Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery, by appointment
  • Two free tickets to Holman Ranch’s annual Fiesta de los Amigos
  • Preferred reservation status to any wine education or hospitality event (plus discounted Wine Club pricing to many of these public events)
  • Holman Ranch wine key as a welcome gift •  Option to customize each shipment to your current varietal needs or budget http://shop.holmanranch.com/estateclub.aspx
  • GRAND ESTATE CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2 shipments per year / 2 cases total (12 bottles per shipment) Enjoy the prestige of being a part of an exclusive, limited membership club! A selection of our limited-production Pinot Noirs and/or White wines in each case – an excellent way to build your cellar through regular install- ments of our finest varietals. As an exclusive benefit to the Grand Membership, each member is entitled to a complimentary two-night stay for two in one of Holman Ranch’s hospitality cottages. In addition, all Wine Club shipping charges are complimentary.* Of course, the Grand Membership makes you eligible for all member only events and special invitations to private dinners and barrel tastings with our winemaker in our wine cave. Choose our Pinot Noir and White option or a Pinot Noir-only option if you prefer reds.   The Grand Estate Club Membership includes: All of the benefits of Estate Club as well as: •  Complimentary shipping on wine club shipments (ground)* •  Enjoy a complimentary two-night stay in one of Holman Ranch’s Hospitality cottages each year (subject to availability)** •  Invitation to private dinners and barrel tastings with our winemaker in our wine cave •  Holman Ranch “welcome” gift: keepsake wine key and a bottle of our Extra Virgin Estate Olive Oil http://shop.holmanranch.com/grandestateclub.aspx

Enter to Win!

Purchase a membership to give as a holiday gift and you will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary Estate Club Membership for 1 year!  One lucky winner will be drawn December 23rd.

Hostess Gifts

It’s that time of year, when parties seem to pop up every night. In need of the perfect hostess gift? Grab a bottle of wine or ask up to put together a custom wine package for you, or have something shipped.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé of Pinot Noir are the perfect hostess or holiday gift.

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background:

Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards’ Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Stop by Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Tastings are offered daily. A standard tasting includes four varietals. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 am–6:00 pm and can be reserved for private events. http://www.holmanranch.com/

Holman Ranch Background:

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

About the Wine Caves:

The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and low humidity of the caves. The 3,000-square-foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit and contains four 750-gallon tanks, four 1,200-gallon tanks, and four open-top tanks that can hold two tons of grapes each. One hundred French oak barrels are maintained year-round. Winery operations such as de-stemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place in the cool environment of The Caves. Bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem a low figure, but harvesting hours are limited to between 7 a.m. to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half-ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the de-stemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50 degrees Fahrenheit and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August, with the busiest time being September. The winery produces 3,000-5,000 cases annually.

About The Owners:

Carmel Valley’s iconic steakhouse Will’s Fargo is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder, who also team up to run nearby Holman Ranch, a wedding and special event venue that also produces wine and olive oil. Lowder formerly served as manager of Rio Grill in Carmel, while Elliott is a culinary school graduate. At Will’s, Lowder manages the front of the house while Elliott runs the bar. The couple maintains Will’s Fargo’s reputation as an elite steakhouse and popular locals’ hangout, while also using the property as an off-site option for Holman Ranch guests.


Sip, Swirl, Savor And Learn: The Fifth Annual “In Your Backyard” Series Brought To You By Edible Monterey Bay And Holman Ranch Announces Its 2016 Schedule And Charity Partners

CARMEL, CA (October 2015) Inspired by the culinary bounty of California’s Central Coast, Holman Ranch Tasting Room, located at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley Village, is working with Edible Monterey Bay to invite local culinary chefs and artisans to demonstrate how wine can be best complemented with fresh culinary products found throughout the Central Coast.

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Holman Ranch Vineyard & Winery Tasting Room Goes to the Dogs on Sunday, August 23rd with a Benefit For Animal Friends Rescue Project

CARMEL VALLEY, CA –Holman Ranch Tasting Room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Suite C at White Oaks Plaza in Carmel Valley, California is going to the dogs on Sunday, August 23rd with a fundraiser for Animal Friends Rescue Project. Bring your four legged friend to enjoy · From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. donate $15 for a professional photo of you and your four legged friend with a JPG emailed to you donated by Richard Green Photography.

All proceeds benefit AFRP.

· Dog biscuit cooking demo, recipe card and a biscuit for the dogs by Chef Brandon Miller from Mundaka. Cooking demo to take place at 11:45 a.m.
· 20% of the proceeds from all wine tasting and sales through the entire day on Sunday, August 23rd will benefit Animal Friends Rescue Project.
· Animal Friends Rescue Project will have adoptable dogs on site. Stop by Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley Village Tasting Room and swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines.

There is something for everyone, from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and barely-oaked, food friendly Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Extra Virgin Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room and online at www.holmanranch.com.

Background on Animal Friends Rescue Project: AFRP is dedicated to finding good, permanent homes for stray, abandoned, injured and abused cats and dog from our local shelters. AFRP relies on support from the community to rescue and adopt out over 1,500 homeless cats and dogs each year. Since 1998, they have placed over 20,400 cats and dogs into loving new homes. AFRP also operates the Loads of Love Dog Transport program which has transported over 8,000 dogs to safety with other rescues throughout California since 2007. AFRP is the safety net for the animals most at risk in our local shelters.

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background: Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate. Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards’ Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Holman Ranch Background: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.


Holman Ranch’s 87th Annual Fiesta de los Amigos to be Held on September 10th

The Ranch’s Birthday Celebration will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

CARMEL VALLEY, CA – Holman Ranch will be celebrating its birthday on September 10th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with its Annual Fiesta del los Amigos and a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Fiesta de los Amigos – a part of Holman Ranch’s history!

The popular Fiesta de los Amigos which began in 1928, the Ranch’s birthday celebration, was an annual highlight, often attracting more than 2,000 guests. In the 1960’s – 1980’s the Ranch was known for its rodeos and horse shows, daily trail rides, barbecues, and fiestas filled the calendar. This year, the celebration will be filled with flavorful food, Holman Ranch estate wines to sip, lively entertainment to enjoy and more! Capture the moment of the Fiesta in our own photo booth or head to the game tent and enjoy games for the entire family.

In addition, attendees can sign up to support the Holman Ranch team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will be held on September 26, 2015 and depart from Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Attendees can sign up to join the team or pledge their support! The event will cost $50 per person or wine club members get 2 free tickets and all additional wine club member tickets are $35 per person. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $60.00 per person. Five dollars from each ticket sale will be donated to the Alzheimer Association. RSVP is required.

RSVP by September 2nd to (831) 659-2640. Upon confirmation by Holman Ranch of your RSVP, you will be provided a gate pass to Holman Ranch.

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background: Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate. Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards’ Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Holman Ranch Background: Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.


Holman Ranch Launches its Inaugural Sip n Chat Series For 2015

CARMEL VALLEY, CA — Do you love wine? Do you love learning new things? What would you think about learning more about wine? Holman Ranch Tasting Room launches its Inagural Sip n Chat Series for 2015. Classes are structured to allow each person an opportunity to learn, taste, and enjoy.

Holman Ranch will feature a different topic for each class. At each event, every guest will be greeted with glass of wine, enjoy a tasting of three to four additional wines, educational materials, and some light snacks. The class will be taught by a Holman Ranch expert and/or wine educator.

At the end of each class, you will be able to order or purchase the featured wines at a 15% discount. Registration is required for each class.

2015 Sip n Chat Dates:
· July 24th o From Vine to Glass: Path of wine from the vineyard through production, to bottling
· November 12th o Detecting Flawed Wines – Learn What traits make great wine great and bad wine bad.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Holman Ranch Tasting Room, 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA

Reservations are required for all classes and the cost for each event is $25 per person. Classes are $10 for wine club members. This includes the class, wine tasting, small bites, and meeting, learning from a Holman Ranch winemaker. A portion of the class proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer Association.

To make reservations call 831-659-2640 or email [email protected]

Wine Caves: The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58˚F-60 ˚F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50˚F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background: Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate. Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room: Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room. The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish. Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove: Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background: Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. www.holmanranch.com


Swirl, Sip and Celebrate National Wine Day at Holman Ranch Vineyard & Winery Tasting Room in Carmel Valley

CARMEL VALLEY, CA — Monday, May 25th is National Wine Day! Holman Ranch Tasting Room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley, California will celebrate with free wine tastings between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25th (valid for one free Estate tasting of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay per person.)

Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley Village Tasting Room is the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone, from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly-oaked, food friendly Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Extra Virgin Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

Stop by and celebrate National Wine Day! The list of benefits for drinking wine is getting longer and longer by the minute. A glass of wine a day has been shown to improve heart health, reduce forgetfulness, help lose weight, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss. Did you know? Wine has been produced for thousands of years all around the world.

Archaeological sites in Macedonia uncovered evidence of early European wine production that date back more than 6,500 years! In China, traces of crushed grapes were found that are believed to be from the second and first millennium BC. Evidence of wine’s popularity? There are over 20 million acres in the world dedicated to growing grapes for the sole purpose of making wine!

The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and is available for private events. 831-659-2640 www.holmanranch.com

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background: Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate. Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards’ Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Holman Ranch Background: Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.