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.
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.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a coastal bluff in San Simeon, Derbyshire 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.
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.
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.View Wine
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.View Wine
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.View Wine
Derbyshire 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.View Wine
Greengate Ranch lies toward the southern end of Edna Valley, directly exposed to cool winds blowing off the Pacific a few miles away. Its shallow calcareous clay soils, unique to this area, give it a dark, generous profile.View Wine
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.View Wine
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.View Wine