Shale Canyon Wines is a new producer vinting small lots of hand crafted varietals of Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.
Our wines are produced in the Arroyo Seco AVA by Winemaker Ken Gallegos. Shale Canyon Wines is a friends and family business. We focus on single vineyard wines showcasing the classic character of the grape and the vineyard/appellation of origin.
Shale Canyon Wines is comprised of winemaker Ken Gallegos and the Prader family (Jake, Tim and Keith). “Kenny’s” marvelous palette, perfectionist nature and very patient approach to traditional winemaking produces wines of superb character. The Praders roll up their sleeves during harvest and bottling, and provide resources and support to insure the artisan winemaker can direct his focus on crafting wines exemplifying the grape. When you sample Kenny’s wine, you will agree that his talent is a secret meant to be shared and that his wines have outstanding nose, mouth feel and finish.
Formed in 2007, we are a small lot producer. 2008 and 2009 production will be about 850 cases per year. Long term production goals are between 2,500 to 4,000 cases per year. Production will be focused on six to eight varietals, including our own estate wines from recently planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and Mourvedre. Production quantity will always be secondary to quality.
Winemaker Ken Gallegos