Hours: Year Round
The challenges of running both a vineyard and a winery simultaneously are very real. Each side of the adventure has its own rhythms and cycles; each demands a different kind of attention to quality. The good news is that we view the double venture as an opportunity to follow a single focus: great wines.
Because we grow many of the grapes used to make our wines, our loyalties are undivided. In the vineyard, we can focus more on wine-grape quality than on high yields, and in the cellar we know what we can demand and expect from that year's harvest.
Allegro Vineyards has witnessed three decades of successful growth. Most of the vines, including outstanding Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, were planted in 1973. Musician brothers John and Tim Crouch purchased the property in 1978 and constructed the winery building in 1980, opening its tasting room for business in 1981.
The Crouches gained critical acclaim for their commitment to making excellent European-styled, reasonably-priced table wines. After Tim's death in 2000, John sold the business to us --husband-and-wife partners Carl Helrich and Kris Miller. It continues to be a wonderful place to grow.