Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a bride to be, Holman Ranch is the place to be. Corporations and families alike can’t help but be drawn to the stunning views and calm, quiet serenity that can be found out in the Carmel Valley. TGIFguide was lucky to tour the property, meet the owner, and of course, sample the wines!
The history lies deep within the property and goes all the way back to when California was still part of Mexico, when Mexico belonged to Spain. We’re basically talking cowboys and Indians here. The land was secularized and granted to Don Jose Manuel Boronda, until finally the Pacific Improvements Company acquired it in 1882. A prominent business man who was lulled by the peace of mind that Carmel Valley offered, Gordon Armsby, bought the land in 1928 and hired Clarence Tantau to design the Spanish style hacienda known for it’s monumental stone walls. The walls are still in place and have been refurbished by current owners, Nick Elliott and Hunter Lowder.
Holman Ranch is family owned and operated by the afore mentioned Hunter and Nick, and you can’t help but feeling like part of the family the minute you arrive. Nick lead the TGIFguide team, along with other travel and wine journalists, on a tour of the property and invited us to sample the wines, including a new Rose which had not yet been released to the public. You MUST try it.
The grapes are grown across 21 acres of gorgeous rolling hills and it’s easy to taste the love and passion in each and every sip. The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir.
And you must try the Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Each bottle is carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, hand-picked from the fruits of the Holman Ranch trees, ready for you to enjoy. 🙂
The Holman Ranch family offers beautiful packages for your family, including wedding packages, corporate getaways, and more. If you need some time to relax and wouldn’t mind the peace of mind a secluded and picturesque getaway has to offer, contact our friends at Holman Ranch and tell them TGIFguide recommended you. They are a family perhaps more beautiful than the property, and definitely worth a visit.