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About Malibu Family Wines

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Nestled deep in Malibu's Santa Monica Mountains is the sprawling 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch, home to Semler and Malibu Family Wines. Visitors may recognize the vineyard and unusual rock formations from over 100 movies, commercials and television shows filmed here. The estate is also home to dozens of horses and exotic animals and a popular weekend setting for weddings and special events.

Today, our vineyards consist of approximately 60,000 vines on 65 acres, with expansion plans to reach 100,000 vines. With the high altitude and separation from the coast, along with an ideal blend of weather conditions and rich, rocky soil, it's the perfect environment for growing premium wine grapes.

As a joint family endeavor between the Semler Family and the DeJoria Family, we take great pride in the gentle-handling, traditional techniques that give our wines their special character. We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy creating them!

 
 

History

The rich, fascinating history of Saddlerock Ranch began more than three centuries ago when the vast expanse of land surrounding the Santa Monica Mountains was part of the original Spanish Land Grant. The area of more than 200,000 acres was a perfect site for sheep and cattle, and up until the 1930's, was known as El Malibu. Local caves are filled with ancient pictographs painted by the Chumash Indians, dating back to the Portola Expedition of 1769. The beautiful pictographs of this culture have become very rare due to erosion and weathering, but some of the most well preserved examples remain on the ranch and have been studied by archeologists and photographed for books on the subject.

Today, the Semler Family owns Saddlerock Ranch. Ronnie and Lisa Semler, along with their nine children, have lived on the ranch for over twenty-seven years.

 
 

Vineyards

Perfectly positioned at the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, our vineyards are indeed special. The rocky terrain and steep south facing slopes provide the perfect environment for growing premium wine grapes. Planting started in 1997 with 14 acres of Cabernet and Merlot. Today our hillside vineyards consist of approximately 60,000 vines on 65 acres and we are well on our way to reach our goal of 100 acres. We have eight varietals planted, they include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, Mouvedre and Viognier. The last four varietals are used for blending purposes.

 
 

Directions

31727 Mulholland Highway Malibu, CA 90265 | Map

From the 101 Ventura Freeway: Exit Kanan Road and travel south (toward the beach) for approximately 8 miles. After driving through 2 tunnels, turn right on Mulholland Highway. We are located about ½ miles from Kanan Road on the right hand side. If you pass the Malibu Wines tasting on your left, you have gone too far.

From Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1): Travel west through Malibu and turn up on Kanan Dume Road. After driving approximately 5 miles, passing through one tunnel, turn left on Mulholland Highway. We are located about ½ mile from Kanan Road on the right hand side. If you pass the Malibu Wines tasting room on your left, you have gone too far.

 

To Main House/Garden Setting: Follow the main road and stay to your left at the “Y” in the road. Continue to follow the road until you see the Semler Residence on your left. Make the first left you can (Semler Drive) down towards the house and park in the designated area.

Dress code: casual, comfortable shoes a must!

 
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