Roger Bower, the owner and visionary behind Crown Point, purchased the property after recognizing its potential to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Crown Point is a true vanguard in the region, crafting premium wines that rival the best throughout the world. Roger engaged Philippe Melka in 2017 as part of his commitment to constant improvement and excellence.
During Prohibition a simple alcohol was produced in Happy Canyon. Legend has it that folks would “take a trip up Happy Canyon” to purchase the beverage and the name stuck.
At Crown Point the first plantings began in 1996 under McGinley Vineyards and then Vogelzang.
It wasn't until November 2009 that the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Area) designation was achieved.
Purchased by Roger Bower in 2012, Crown Point is an estate winery dedicated to crafting wines of the highest distinction. Nestled in the eastern-most foothills of the east-to-west transverse valley of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Area), Crown Point is blessed with distinct climatic conditions and soil types that provide an ideal growing environment for Bordeaux varieties.
Winemaker Adam Henkel joined Roger in 2013. Adam, who spent 10 years in the Napa Valley, including eight years at Harlan Estate in Oakville, had long been fascinated by the viticultural diversity and geographical grandeur of Santa Barbara County. His pursuit at Crown Point has been to express the unique characteristics and individuality of the region’s preeminent vineyards through farming and winemaking at the highest possible level.
Both Roger and Adam share the same goals of producing great wines in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Area).
2013 - Present Crown Point continues to focus on planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, and Sauvignon Blanc.
November 2016 was the first release from Crown Point. The 2013 vintage included a 100 percent estate Cabernet Sauvignon as well as an estate red blend.
May 2017 Consulting Winemaker, Philippe Melka joined the team. Philippe Melka is an acclaimed winemaker and geologist, whose extensive training has led him to work with some of the most renowned vineyards and wineries in Bordeaux, Italy, Australia and Napa Valley. Melka joined Crown Point because he was drawn to the distinct terroir of the estate.
At Crown Point, we continue to focus on discovery, excellence and quality. Together, we have the extraordinary opportunity to produce world-class Cabernet-based wines just like wineries in Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Our wines have a great minerality along with a marvelous amount of richness and elegance. The wines should drink well and age gracefully for 25+ years.
Crown Point Vineyards prides itself on farming and winemaking at the highest level to create limited production wines that reflect the unique character of the estate and growing region.
At 740-930 feet elevation, Crown Point’s hillside location allows for a longer growing season because of the fifty-degree swing between daytime high and nighttime low temperatures.
The Santa Ynez Valley, in particular, is a very unique place: an east-west running valley that encompasses multiple AVAs (American Viticultural Area) where Burgundian, Rhône, and Bordeaux grape varieties are thriving at the highest levels of quality.
Our vineyard is one of a kind for this area primarily being planted to the five red Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec). Other plantings include Sauvignon Blanc. Our goal each vintage is to make a 100 percent, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a red blend called Estate Selection.