Tarabrook Winery grew out of a passion for wine and winemaking shared by four friends – Bill Pence, Penny Rix and Chris and Vivien Cook – who planted a vineyard in the unique soil of the Lamorinda Appellation and have sustainably farmed estate grapes there since 2011.
Terroir: Our hillside vineyard in Orinda sits on a well-drained bed of fractured sedimentary sand and clay, enriched with minerals from an extinct volcano that spilled ash and lava over the greater East Bay region around 10 million years ago.
Climate: Summer fog spilling over the hills from the Pacific Ocean creates a microclimate that moderates the Central Valley’s heat, resulting in warm days and cool nights emblematic of the Mediterranean region.
Vines: Tarabrook’s Tempranillo vines enjoy prolonged sun exposure. We practice deficit irrigation which encourages the roots to search for water, while east-west row orientation, a bilateral cordon trellis system, and foliage thinning allow us to control the amount of light entering the canopy.
Fruit: High sugar levels balance natural acidity from the thick grape skins that provide Tempranillo’s characteristic deep color, resulting in full flavored fruit with well-rounded complexity.
Bill Pence and Chris Cook made wine for their friends and families to enjoy for nine years as amateur winemakers before deciding to turn professional.
During this time, they garnered numerous gold, silver and bronze awards at state and international competitions, including Best in Class at the California State Fair.
Tarabrook’s production of estate Tempranillo is supplemented by other grape varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and Zinfandel, as well as several handcrafted blends.
White and rosé varietals are aged in steel to produce a crisp, aromatic wine with mineral notes. The reds are aged for up to 20 months in French oak barrels, producing wines of depth and distinction. As well as grapes from the Lamorinda area, they select premium fruit from well-established California grape growing regions including Amador County, Livermore Valley, Lodi, and Yolo County. NOTE: Go to our Facebook Page/Group titled, Friends of Tarabrook Winery and request to become a member. This page will keep you up to date as to the activities in the vineyard and winery as well as letting you know what new wines are for sale and upcoming dates where we will deliver your purchased wine to your doorstep!!!!!
25 Tarabrook Drive Orinda, CA 94563 US
(925) 639-4201 (Bill Pence/Chris Cook Winemakers) Bill Pence---Sole Proprietor
We are not permitted by the City of Orinda to have normal tasting days and hours. However, we will gladly deliver wine to your doorstep.