Chatom Vineyards

Chatom Vineyards
1969 Hwy 4
Douglas Flat,, CA  95229

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Tasting Room Open Daily 11–5

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Upon first meeting Gay Callan, the petite owner of Chatom Vineyards, it’s hard to believe she’s a farmer and self-made businesswoman. But that’s precisely what she is. Gay first moved to the fertile Esmeralda Valley in Calaveras County in 1980. “There were no stoplights, and the opportunities for agriculture and business were wonderful,” Gay recalls. Noting that there were but a few vineyards in the area’s agricultural mix, Gay promptly planted a vineyard and signed a long-term contract with a Calaveras winery to purchase her grapes. When her contract winery decided to cancel a portion of the deal a few years later, Gay ventured into a custom crush operation.

“Then, in 1990, I started the first phase of the winery adventure. I had the winery, tasting room, and offices built, and began sharing a winemaker with another winery,” Gay explains. It was not until 1998 that Gay finished building the crush pad at the winery location. She then brought her own winemaker on board so that everything was under one roof. “It seems like it took me forever to accomplish this, doesn’t it?” Gay smiles. Not really, when one tastes all she’s accomplished.

The white wines in the Chatom Vineyards portfolio are un-oaked because Gay wants the flavors of the vineyard to be experienced to the fullest degree. The barrels for the red wines are carefully chosen to be complementary to each specific varietal. These concerted efforts are appreciated by many who taste Chatom wines and comment that they showcase everything that is great about the Sierra Foothills. Winemaker Mark Künz, who hails from B.R. Cohn, Matanzas Creek, and Piper Sonoma, joined Chatom Vineyards a few years back. “His artistry and handcrafting ability have brought us a whole new level of quality,” Gay reports. “Our passion here is creating quality handcrafted wines at an outstanding value.” The winery is also socially conscious, and makes it a priority to donate partial proceeds of its sales to women’s causes, particularly breast cancer and heart disease, whenever possible.

With 65 acres of award-winning fruit, an annual production of 8,500 cases, and distribution to 12 states, Gay is content with the size of Chatom Vineyards. It’s time for Gay—and all wine lovers—to sit back a bit and enjoy the fruits of her labor.


Chatom Vineyards

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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

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