Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery

Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
5036 S. El Pomar Rd
Templeton, CA  93465

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Wine club discounts, picnic grounds, sustainable farming practices, private tastings by appointment, owner on site


Six miles east of the old railroad town of  Templeton, California, where El Pomar Drive meets South El Pomar Road, wine lovers are delighted when they come across Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery.

It’s not hard to miss. The unassuming tasting room is a delightful 1920s vintage farmhouse, lovingly restored by by the Merrill Family. Owner Marsha Merrill’s knack for authenticity is apparent inside and out, but that’s not what stops visitors. Marsha, whose grandfather was a longtime Southern Pacific Railroad engineer, decided to honor her family heritage by relocating a genuine boxcar and cupola caboose to the winery’s property. The intriguing train cars now stand just outside the tasting room’s doors. Guests are invited to pop their heads into the caboose, which will be restored to its original glory someday when there’s time.

For now, the Merrill family’s main energy is going into growing glorious grapes and making great wines. Marsha and her husband Dana supervise the entire operation, while their son Matt is a partner and general manager, and son Keith is the graphic artist. Matt’s wife Nicole is wine club manager and more. The Merrills also appreciate their close working relationship with Consulting Winemaker Kevin Riley, who has helped them craft superb estate and select-block wines appealing to a range of tastes and price points.

As an eighth-generation farming family (they manage 5,000 acres of vineyards for themselves and other brands), the Merrills believe in a hands-on approach from planting through harvest. They are dedicated to using natural resources and employing sustainable farming techniques, which led to their recent certification to the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) program. Fittingly, Pomar Junction is slated to host the 5th Annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival in April 2011.

The fact that Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery wines are made with family pride is evident right down to the estate vineyard wine label. It features a train caboose pausing at a station in an sketch drawing by Marsha’s uncle, the son of the engineer.

Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery


Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No