Latin for “Of The Sea,” Aequorea began in 2011 as a search for vineyards that ventured deep into the coastal no man’s land where we were raised. Here, on this foggy, windswept coast west of the Santa Lucia Mountains, we work with a group of dedicated growers who possess a shared passion for farming closer to the ocean than most anywhere else in California. From these special sites we focus on single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and aromatic white wines that are transparent of their terroir and the extremity of where they lie. All of the vineyards are no more than 6 miles from the ocean, blanketed by a thick marine layer in the summer which recedes each afternoon as cool breezes arrive off the Pacific.

Spanish Springs Vineyard

Located 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, Spanish Springs Vineyard covers a series of steep hillsides composed of uplifted marine seabed. It produces vibrant, energetic wines possessing gorgeous aromatics and striking salinity.

Derby West Vineyard

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a coastal bluff in San Simeon, Derby West lies at the absolute extreme of coastal viticulture, located just over 1 mile from the coast. It produces powerful, yet distinctive wines unlike anything else we produce.

Rincon Vineyard

Farmed by the local Talley family, Rincon is a legendary site in the Arroyo Grande Valley, located roughly 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean and originally planted in 1982. The warmest of our sites, it grows in shallow clay soils producing our most powerful, structured Pinot Noir.

Current Releases

2019 Viognier

spanish springs vineyard

Born out of a distaste for the flabby, overripe, oily styles produced in California, we set out to showcase a truly aromatic, cool-climate Viognier that focuses instead on vibrancy, clarity, and brilliance. And it ages beautifully.

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2019 Pinot Gris

spanish springs vineyard

An adoration of wines from Alsace and an amazing, low-yielding block at Spanish Springs inspired us to produce Pinot Gris in a style now rarely seen in the new world, one that focuses on texture, aromatics, and actual ageability in the cellar.

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2018 Pinot Noir

seafarer

While our focus is mainly on single vineyard Pinot Noir, each year we create Seafarer as a blend of fruit from all our coastal vineyards - four in total, to create a truly harmonious wine that showcases why we make wine here on the coast.

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2018 Pinot Noir

derby west vineyard

Derby West lies on a windswept and chilly bench just over 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean. We’ve never seen a site like it, and each year it creates a powerful yet elegant Pinot Noir that is always our most distinctive in character.

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2018 Pinot Noir

spanish springs vineyard

Lying just 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, Spanish Springs is the last vineyard we pick each year and always produces our most feminine and aromatic Pinot Noir, loaded with personality and freshness.

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2018 Pinot Noir

lost lands

A multi-vineyard Pinot Noir blended from our most structured barrels each vintage, Lost Lands represents our efforts at showcasing the intensity of what our coastal terrior can bring.

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