"Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed."  Oswald Chambers

"The older the grapes, sweeter the wine."  
 Janis Joplin

Our Vineyard

Our History

Wellong Vineyards is located on a hillside in beautiful South Monterey County, at a site where a historical adobe called the Aloha Estate, circa 1890, once stood.  A wildfire took all but the foundation and ruins are still visible.  A sea captain named this estate after a mountain visible in the distance that reminded him of his beloved Diamond Head in Hawaii. Today we are fortune to echo Steinbeck's love of extraordinary land with beautiful vistas.  

Award Winning Vineyard with 13 Acres of Sustainably Grown Premium Wine Grapes from Southern Monterey County

  • Zinfandel Wine Grapes
  • Syrah Wine Grapes
  • Petite Sirah Wine Grapes

Our Grapes 

The first vineyard was planted on its own roots in 1999 with a 10' by 10' spacing and is head pruned. We started with four acres of Heirloom Zinfandel from cutting dating back to the mid-1890's.  Our sunshine, climate and soil has proven to be ideal for premium wine grapes which produce full bodied wines filled with wild strawberry, raspberry and just a hint of mint on the palate.  We practice sustainable grape growing with an emphasis on natural/environmental protection of our soil, air and water. We believe this contributes to bold and rich flavor in our grapes.

We Sell:

Wellong Vineyards

Awards and Accolades

  • Lepe Cellars Recognition in Wine Enthusiast for a rating of 90 points for grapes sourced from Wellong Vineyards


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  • ​​Lepe Cellars Silver Metal for 2015 Zinfandel San Antonio Valley AVA - Orange County Wine Competition 2017 and a Gold Metal at the 2021 Alameda Zin Challenge 
  • ​Hidden Oak Winery Silver Metal for 2013 Zinfandel Monterey County - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017
  • California Street Winery Gold and Double Gold Metals 2013, 2014, Zinfandel and 2019 Zinfandel Silver Metals San Antonio Valley AVA - OC Fair and Mid-State Fair