The Malibu Vineyard
For me, good food and good wine are inseparable. In the time I’ve spent eating and drinking in France and Italy, I’ve always marveled at the relaxed yet passionate lifestyle of the great vineyards—not to mention how much they mirrored the lifestyle Kim and I love to lead at our home in the sunny hillsides overlooking the Pacific in Malibu. That’s what led us to start growing and making our own wines at The Malibu Vineyard.
Mother nature has been our tempestuous partner throughout our winemaking experience. And she hasn’t made it easy. The vineyard is a complete passion project, and the wines we have produced show the tender love and care that we have put into it them.
In 1985, we planted 2 acres of grapevines in the hillside surrounding our Malibu home. In 1989, we produced our first vintage. We made Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a Cabernet Franc blend, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, doing all of the vine work and preparation completely by hand with winemaker Steve Dooley. Steve is now the winemaker and owner of Stephen Ross Wines and we are grateful for his help in our early years of winemaking.
In 1993, Bruno D’Alfonso took over as the winemaker. He remains with us today. Bruno is incredibly capable and knowledgeable and his passion for winemaking is still as fresh as the day we met him.
Then, that same year, the Great Malibu Fire happened, burning down the McCarty house and severely damaging the vineyard. We were devastated, but we took it in stride and got back to work. Bruno was able to get a couple of good yields out of the vineyard in the following years, including a very fine, rich single-varietal Cabernet Franc in 1998.
We decided the best thing to do was a total overhaul, and in 2000 we completely removed and replanted the old vineyard. We added an acre of land and new trellising and replanted with 3 clones of Pinot Noir. Now we have 1.5 acres of clone 777 and .75 acres each of 667 and 115. While those vines grew in, we bought three tons of the same three clones from Ashley Vineyard in Santa Rita, and produced beautiful vintages of Pinot Noir in 2002, 2003, and 2004, which are all sold out.
Right now, we have an amazing Pinot Noir, the first from the estate-grown vines of D’Alfonso-Curran Wines. The Malibu Vineyard “Rambla Pacifico” Pinot Noir 2005 is a dense, rich, and a highly flavorful wine that reflects the vines’ struggle in the rugged Malibu terrain. Like our own struggle, it has been so worth it! We hope you enjoy our wines and that our passion for drinking wine shines through in every glass.