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    Los Olivos, CA 93441

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    2670 Ontiveros Road
    Los Olivos, CA 93441


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When you open a bottle of BECKMEN, you are opening a piece of our history.

Good wine comes from good grape juice - that comes from good grapes, that comes from great plants, that grew on the right soil - all nurtured by the vision, passion and dreams of a family.

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The Beckmen Oak Tree

As Steve Beckmen was walking through Purisima Mountain Vineyard one day, he came upon the “mother tree” - the largest and oldest oak tree on the vineyard. The sun was setting behind the tree, casting a shadow and a red-orange glow around it. Standing strong and giving back to the earth, this tree became a symbol of what Beckmen stands for.

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Tom Beckmen

Tom Beckmen is the pioneer and leader that founded Roland Corp. US - one of the biggest names in the Electronic Music Business in the world until today. The heart of Tom's entrepreneurial success has always been his ability to look towards the future and embrace new challenges.

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Steve Beckmen

Like his father, Tom, Steve discovered a passion for agriculture and the land early on, working in his mother's garden. Combining his interest in agriculture with a propensity for intricate, analytical thinking, Steve quickly displayed a natural aptitude for winegrowing and winemaking.

Family

The Beckmen family established their Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1994.

After years as leaders and pioneers in the electronic music business, Tom and Judy Beckmen, joined by their youngest son Steve, set out to make wines as well-crafted and distinctive as the keyboards and synthesizers that built their successful careers as founders of Roland Corp, US. Their search for a promising vineyard ended in 1994 when they discovered a 40 acre winery near the picturesque town of Los Olivos, CA. It was here, in the heart of the blossoming Santa Ynez Valley wine region, that the family laid down their roots and established Beckmen Vineyards.

The Beckmens’ commitment to building a world class estate vineyard led them to purchase an unplanted 365 acre ranch in nearby Ballard Canyon. Named after the ranch to which it once belonged, Purisima Mountain Vineyard was established in 1996. Beckmen Vineyards’ wines are composed exclusively from the 150 acres of grapevine grown on these two vineyards, crafted with care in the original Los Olivos winery.

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Microclimate

Beckmen Vineyards consists of two separate vineyards with dramatically different soils and microclimates: the original Winery Estate in Los Olivos and Purisima Mountain Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. Through decades of experience and experimentation, Beckmen has carefully determined which grape varieties excel in the varying soils and microclimates of each block on both properties.

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Biodynamic

Purisima Mountain Vineyard is certified Biodynamic, which means we farm organically, and then some. Biodynamic farming goes beyond organic farming by also treating the farm as a living organism: self-contained, self-sustaining, and following the cycles of nature.

Soil

Beckmen Vineyards consists of two separate vineyards with dramatically different soils and climates.

On the western side of Ballard Canyon lies our acclaimed, 365 acre, certified Biodynamic Purisima Mountain Vineyard. Comprised mostly of clay and clay loam, with varying amounts of gravel, the most unique aspect of this site is the limestone subsoil. Found in great Rhône regions like Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf du Pape, the limestone soil limits vine vigor and produces smaller vines with lower yields and more intensely flavored fruit. With peaks reaching 1,250 feet, Purisima Mountain boasts 500 feet of elevation change with multiple exposures.

The Winery Estate vineyard is 25 acres of rolling hills, situated in a wide valley just south of Los Olivos and two miles east of Ballard Canyon. The site is warmer than the Ballard Canyon property, due to its lower elevation and its location farther inland.

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Propagation

In viticulture, grapevines are rarely propagated from seedlings. Generally, grapevines are propagated from cuttings. Beckmen has used its own cuttings as well as cuttings from other vineyards to propagate both vineyards.

Plants

Each plant selection in our property brings its own unique character and quality to our wines.

Tending vines from dormancy through harvest since 1994, the Beckmen family has learned a great deal about their two distinct vineyard properties. Over time they have discovered, acre by acre, the unique soil and microclimate that best hosts each grape varietal, ensuring every block in the vineyard consistently produces the highest quality fruit possible. The Winery Estate is mostly planted to Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah.

The Purisima Mountain Vineyard is home to our white wine production including Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Chardonnay, as well as our Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise.

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Estate Grown Grapes

We are an Estate Vineyard: we only use our grapes, which we have slowly and carefully cultivated on our vineyards, in our wine. Quality is of the utmost importance, because great wine can only be made from great fruit.

Grapes

20 years in pursuit of the ideal palette to achieve balanced flavor, structure, color, and complexity.

When planting our first vines, the grape varieties were chosen through recommendations from accomplished peers and regional history. Over time, we’ve let experience be our guide in determining which grapes thrive best on our two vineyards. Over the last 20 years we have been in constant pursuit of the ideal palette that will portray the balance of flavor, structure, color, and complexity for which Beckmen wines are known.

We specialize in Rhône-style grapes such as Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Mourvedre, and Counoise. For an optimal diversity of expression, we cultivate seven different clones of Syrah and four selections of the heat-loving Grenache. We have found the thin topsoil on the hilltops of our Estate Vineyard to be the perfect host to four clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc, another Bordeaux variety, yields a startlingly flavorful fruit, stressed by the steep slopes of our Purisima Mountain Vineyard, where two clones of the Burgundy grape Chardonnay flourish on the hilltop.

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Handpicked

All of Beckmen’s grapes are handpicked by our expert vineyard team. By assessing each cluster individually, we can ensure that only ripe and healthy clusters are included in our winemaking process.

Harvest

For the last 10 years, all of our fruit has been picked under the Santa Ynez Valley night sky.

At Beckmen Vineyards, we’re working year round to carefully nurture our growing vines and monitor our aging wines, but no time is as exciting and vital as harvest. Harvest usually begins in September and runs through mid-November. During these three months, we are bustling with activity around the clock. For the last 10 years, all of our fruit has been picked under the spectacular Santa Ynez Valley night sky. Harvesting through the night ensures our grapes are picked at the lowest possible temperature, when they are at the peak of their flavor, and affords our harvest crew the comfort of working out of the hot Californian sun.

All of our grapes are carefully hand-picked in small lots of less than 10 – 12 tons per day. We control the quality of fruit that is selected, only picking the ripest grapes on each vine, in every row and block. We commonly harvest the same vine two or three times throughout harvest, making passes to choose only the fruit that will make the highest quality wine. Harvest is when the artistry of wine making comes alive, when we compose the foundation of what will one day mature into exceptional wines.

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Barrels

Each oak barrel is chosen to enhance the wine inside. A new barrel affects the wine more than an old barrel, so robust Syrah is generally put in newer oak and delicate Grenache in older oak. The primary oak Beckmen uses is French, with some American and Hungarian oak as well.

Wine making

The same meticulous attention to detail that we pay to our vineyards we pay to our wines.

The focus of Beckmen’s winemaking team is to draw out the distinct qualities expressed by each grape variety, and the unique character of both vineyards, as they guide the grapes from vineyard to bottle. Each wine program is given the same meticulous attention to detail that the vineyards receive year round. By making wine in small lots, we are able to capture the individuality of each particular block in both of the vineyards. We blend most of our wines from this collection of small lots, so that each wine has more depth and distinct layers of flavor.

Our winemaking is done through “smart interventionism”. We make the best decisions at every step in order to create wines that balance depth of flavor, complexity, and the elegance our vineyards naturally possess.

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Where to Find

Need help finding a store near you that offers Beckmen Wine? Try our store locator.

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Wine Club

If you want to learn more about the history of the wine you are drinking, what kind of food to pair it with and receive seasonal recipes to go with your wine, make sure to check out our Wine Club. There, you will find all that plus exclusive benefits.

Enjoying The Wine

Beckmen Vineyards wine is sold in 25+ markets across the USA

Beckmen Vineyards wine is sold in 25+ markets across the United States and can be purchased at many independent wine shops and restaurants. Sample our wines at the Beckmen Vineyards tasting room, located next to the winery outside of Los Olivos, CA.

We craft wines that leave an impression. Enjoy our wine on its own to appreciate its complexity, pair with great food to enhance the experience and heighten your satisfaction. The best way to drink Beckmen wines is by joining our Wine Club. Four times a year you will receive new wines not yet released to the public, along with inspirational food pairing ideas and demonstrations, plus recommendations for how long to cellar your wines, and more.

Every vintage we strive to create beautiful, balanced wines that are a pure expression of our vineyards and our grapes.