Lepe Cellars

Artisan winery crafting wines that express the true terroir of Monterey.

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We take great pride in blending the best of Old World and New World techniques, enabling the wine to develop naturally over time and allowing the journey to be kept as pure as possible, highlighting the regions true terroir.

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LEPE CELLARS


Our goal is simple: to capture the true expression of the vines by farming in a way that respects the biodiversity within the land. We are able to achieve our sustainable and natural approach by spending our time in the vineyards where winemaking begins. From here there is a continuous flow into the cellar where low-intervention artisanal methods are used to express a sense of place surrounding the Monterey wine region.
We source from organically farmed vineyards and hand harvest using sheers to keep the fruit intact and pristine. Our growers avoid the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. From there fermentation begins in small batches using native yeasts that originate from the vineyard and cellar, allowing the development for increased complexity. Aging continues in finely grained French oak barrels where the wine evolves naturally at its own pace. When the wine is ready, we begin the bottling process. Our wines are never fined nor do we use any other additives, making our wines organic, vegan and sustainable.

Winemaker & Owner - Miguel Lepe



ABOUT THE WINEMAKER


Miguel Lepe studied enology and viticulture at California Polytechnic State University - SLO. He began his career working for various well respected wineries across California's Central Coast and South America. Passionate about his craft, Miguel's hard work and dedication has led him on a new journey - creating Lepe Cellars to showcase the best of Monterey County wines. 

OUR MISSION


We take great pride in blending the best of Old World and New World techniques, enabling the wine to develop naturally over time and allowing the journey to be kept as pure as possible, highlighting the regions true terroir.

“In water one sees one’s own face, but in wine one beholds the heart of another.
— French proverb

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