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The Beginnings

Architect John Robert Mitchell and owner Ron Denner share a passion - great facility, great location, great people, and of course, great wine. John first built the estate home, and now has designed and built the winery tasting room and private Comus Center.

The Denner Winery was completed in time for the 2005 harvest. Ron and John believe that great architecture blends with the environment. Denner Winery, therefore is designed to fit into the rolling hills and is complementary to the geography and culture of the Central Coast.


The Facility

The Denner Winery is built to contour into an existing hillside with the vineyard. It is also one of a very few gravity-flow wineries in California.

Gravity-flow winemaking avoids the use of pumps and other machinery at all possible stages of the winemaking process. Instead gravity is used to move the wine.

This simple but meticulous style of winemaking is as noninterventionist as possible in a practical and efficient way. Grapes are destemmed directly into fermentation vats from above so that the individual grapes arrive intact. The native yeast fermentations are punched down entirely by hand. The wine is gently moved by gravity from the fermentation vat directly to small, predominately French oak barrels in the barrel cellar below. Once in barrel, movement and manipulation of the wine is kept to a bare minimum to preserve the delicate aromas and complex flavors that were so carefully coaxed from the grapes during the winemaking process.

Gravity-flow helps to produce hand-made, artisanal wines that are stylized vinous portraits of the unique terroir from specific parts of Denner's hilly estate vineyard.