Longtime See Canyon residents Dick and Dolores Kelsey, along with sons Keith and Richard, are your hosts as they invite you to sample from a selection of outstanding wines.
What began as a retirement project back in 1999 has blossomed into a full time labor of love for Dick and Dolores. Along with renowned winemaker Jac Jacobs, the Kelsey Family is hands on in all areas of the business. The winery property grows our Estate Chardonnay grapes as well as Pinot Noir. Probably the hardest part out of all the work is cleaning up after the peacocks. There are over 130 peacocks on our Family Ranch and more babies born every year.
Further north of the Cuesta grade in the tiny town of Creston, Richard and Laurie Kelsey are busy tending to their own ranch, growing Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah grapes. With their 3 girls (all of whom want to be Grandpa Dick’s next winemaker), the vineyard is hand pruned, fertilized and farmed utilizing materials and practices intent on promoting a healthy environment. This entails a lot of hard work but the results are worth it.
Keith Kelsey is managing the winery and can often be seen at many of the wine pouring functions, making sure the customer is taken care of and enjoying the opportunity to sample our delicious wines. Keith, a former Avila Beach Fire Chief and Port San Luis Harbor Commissioner, and his son Clive can also be seen tending to the ranch and winery ensuring the premises maintain that luster that draws people in by its sheer beauty. Keith’s daughter Devon is often found in the tasting room and also helping the rest of the family outside. Cousin Travis, Dick’s great-nephew, serves as both the assistant winemaker as well our our wine club manager. Once the Crush season starts, it is all hands on deck and it’s pretty normal to see longtime friends and cousins of the Kelsey’s out there giving a hand as well.
We hope you’ll stop by and visit us.