Cavaletti Vineyards Moorpark

Wines of personality and place
from Southern California

Cavaletti Vineyards is proud to be part of the small and passionate group of wineries leading a winemaking renaissance in the sunshine of Southern California. Our wines have been gaining attention since our first harvest in 2016.

We are dedicated to the farming and preservation of unique vineyard sites and maximizing their expression in our wines. Each season we work with a dozen or so varieties and vineyards stretching from Los Alamos in northern Santa Barbara County to the historic Rancho Cucamonga region in the south. Our primary focus is the forgotten winegrowing region of Ventura and Los Angeles County.

We utilize organic farming and minimal irrigation to produce wines that are loaded with personality and as unique as the vineyards in which they are grown. Our winemaking relies on native yeast fermentation, neutral oak barrels, and traditional winemaking techniques.

Our wines proudly bear the signature of each vintage and are a unique statement of time and place. They range from classically styled rosé and white wines to hedonistic reds of power and refinement.

We produce varietal, vineyard designate, and blends from Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties.
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Wine is made in the vineyard

Cavaletti Vineyards produces wines that authentically express varietal character and unique vineyard sites in our region. In the vineyard we respect our natural resources and farm using sustainable and organic practices. This drive to reduce inputs and increase quality means that we work hard to understand our sites each season. We farm multiple vineyards that we believe have the potential to produce exciting wines and partner with other thoughtful farmers in our region.

When we do our work well in the vineyard we are able to do embarrassingly little in the winery. Native yeasts, neutral oak barrels, and patience are the main techniques we use to craft unique wines that are full of personality.
Our wines are released twice per year to our wine club members, made available on our website, in our winery tasting room, and offered to select retailers and restaurants.

Patrick Kelley

Owner/ Winegrower/ Winemaker

Cavaletti's founder

Inspired by the lost winegrowing legacy of Los Angeles County and the untapped potential of Ventura County, Patrick founded Cavaletti Vineyards in 2016.

He had an ambitious goal - to produce world class wines from this unheralded region. Using thoughtful farming, straightforward winemaking, and hard work he has created wines that have attracted attention since their first release.

Since that time he has continuously sought out new sites, reinvigorated forgotten vineyards, and feels that he has barely scratched the surface of the region's potential.

"My wines all have unique and distinct personalities while still fitting under the description of 'balanced.' The only principle that I focus on is that the wines should authentically represent the place that they are from and should be immensely enjoyable to drink."

Articles

Wine Enthusiast - The New Generation of Vintners Reviving Los Angeles’ Wine Heritage

The Los Angeles basin was California’s first wine country, with tens of thousands of vineyard acres and hundreds of wineries that quenched the state’s thirst from the 1830s. But the post-World War II development boom made building houses more profitable than growing vines. The memories of vintages past were buried under asphalt and apartments.

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Spring honeybee swarm in the vineyard

The population of a honeybee hive grows during the spring as the queen lays more eggs and often the beehive starts to become a little cramped for space. The bees then produce another queen and the older queen [...]

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Spring rains finally arrive in Ventura County

The Ventura County hillsides have been brown and dusty all winter. As we rolled through March it looked like we wouldn't be getting any spring rains at all. We started seeing budbreak and early growth on the Rhone varieties [...]

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Reviews

2019 The 109 Mile Rosé

91

Points

This pink blend of 52% Tempranillo, 46% Grenache, 1% Mourvèdre and 1% Roussanne is in the running for L.A.'s best rosé ever, admittedly not a huge category. Clean aromas of blood orange, rose, red apple, orange sherbet and strawberry lead into a palate with candied melon and ripe peach. A cement-like texture drives it home.

- Wine Enthusiast

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2018 Swayze Vineyard Alicante Bouschet

91

Points

Winemaker Patrick Kelley is amplifying the potential for Los Angeles County vineyards like few others, and this bottling, which includes 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, does so with aromas of crushed rocks, blackberry and violet on the nose. The palate is rich and deep with flavors of black currant, blueberry and nutmeg spice.

- Wine Enthusiast

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2018 Whispering Bells Cabernet Sauvignon

93

Points

Polished and intriguing aromas of black cherry, mocha and sage show on the nose of this bottling from Malibu. The rich black-currant-sorbet flavors of the palate are balanced by black tea, dried herbs and minty cocoa elements.

- Wine Enthusiast

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Our Moorpark Tasting room

Taste why we're different
165 Poindexter Ave, Suite D
Moorpark, CA 93021


OPEN - 12-6PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. MONDAY-FRIDAY BY APPOINTMENT.

We are a team of hands-on farmers and winemakers so there is no opulent tasting room, pretension, or estate vineyard to gaze upon. Our tastings occur in one of our two production areas and ambience may include fermenting fruit, equipment, or the occasional family dog.

People visit us because they are passionate about fine wines produced and want to experience the best wines produced in this region in a casual, relaxed manner. Wines are always presented by a member of the winemaking team.

We welcome dogs, accompanied children, and always suggest bringing snacks or meals. The winery temperature is set to 65 degrees so a sweater or light jacket is recommended.

Weekends can be very busy in our tasting room so guarantee a seat by making a reservation.
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