Having been awed by our first experience at Beckmen a few years back, we’ve continued to visit the winery several times, and have never been disappointed. Focusing on Rhone varietals, Beckmen produces some absolutely sumptuous Syrah and Grenache wines. They are also one of the few wineries in SBC (and California for that matter) offering traditional Northern Rhone varietal white wines of Marsanne and Roussane, the latter currently offered as part of their Le Bec Blanc cuvee of both varietals, plus some Grenache Blanc. Beckmen rounds out their selection with some very respectable offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhone style blends.

One of the things you’ve gotta love about this place is their commitment to organic and biodynamic farming at their prized Purisima Mountain vineyard in Ballard Canyon. While the viticultural program is led by Steve Beckmen, son of founder Tom,  much of the winemaking is now done by Mikael Sigouin, who took the journeyman’s path to winemaking success with Beckmen.

We find Beckmen wines to contain that rare combination of power and restraint; wines of intensity, but also complexity. The ’07 Purisima Mountain Grenache is a great example of this, with intense raspberry and pomegranate on the nose and in the glass that was nicely balanced by licorice and allspice. Incidentally, the ’07 Estate Grenache, which we did not taste,  was recently requested by the Obama White House for a state dinner. Not bad company to be keeping!

Bottom line – Beckmen is a great choice for exceptional Rhone varietal wines in SBC, and it’s location just outside of Los Olivos means you don’t have to travel far from the center of the action to get there.

Beckmen Vineyards

2670 Ontiveros Road

Los Olivos, CA 93441


Open daily 11 to 5