Our Philosophy

Acacia’s pioneering founders recognized the climate of the Los Carneros region was ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir long before Carneros was designated as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA). Their goal in launching Acacia was to achieve a certain balance in Pinot Noir that, at the time, only existed in old world wines. They wanted to make a single-vineyard California Pinot Noir that was both complex and delicate - a wine that heightened the enjoyment of food, making everything a little more delicious.

Today, that quality is what draws aficionados and novices alike to Acacia wines. It’s what has helped put Carneros on the map. And it’s what continues to inspire winemaking at Acacia after more than 30 years, from the ferocious belief in the possibility of this place to the artistry of capturing its essence in a glass.

acacia vineyard grape cluster

Our History

Headed by general partner Mike Richmond and winemaker Larry Brooks, Acacia debuted in 1979 and quickly distinguished itself as one of the first California wineries to offer vineyard-designate Pinot Noir. Fruit was sourced locally from Carneros growers until the mid-1990s, when Acacia began acquiring properties surrounding the winery. Today these holdings comprise the 150-acre estate that produces Acacia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Some who bring their artistry, ingenuity and hard work to the winery every day grew up among the vines at our iconic Winery Lake and Lone Tree Vineyards. Others come from further afield, drawn by Acacia’s singular achievement and localized vision.

acacia vineyard wine barrels and notetaking

Our People

Among the tight group of idealists and innovators who make Acacia Wines, you won’t find a single soul who comes to work simply because it’s a job. Acacia inspires that level of beyond-the-call dedication because this close-knit community understands the vital role every person plays in making our wines exceptionally special. Each wine is a love letter to this cherished place, the result of a collective passion for fine wines crafted in the Burgundian style.