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Black Hand Cellars

Black Hand Cellars It all started with a honeymoon trip through the Russian River Valley north towards California’s border, Humboldt County. Through this experience, the focus from being in the fishery business changed dramatically to the wine business, but with one thing in common…the desire to produce quality out of God’s green earth. After returning from this adventure, we continued the journey in a bath tub in Ventura County with strawberries, making great “drink me now and don’t call me early tomorrow” strawberry wine! From there we joined “Cellarmasters” in Woodland Hills, CA and learned the ropes of making quality wine. Many classes and awards later, we made a commitment to our passion to produce quality wine for everyone to enjoy! The family at Black Hand Cellars is a husband and wife team with a toddler to keep us awake at night. Our vineyard, Torie Ranch, is located on the West Side of San Miguel with nearly three acres planted in the Estrella River and French clones of Syrah. We farm our vineyard by hand, using the latest vineyard practices to produce quality grapes for our Syrah. Tom is our winemaker, whose background includes over seven years experience with the Central Coast’s very own prestigious wineries, such as Justin, Treana, and Zenaida. Today Tom is a consulting winemaker along with being a father, husband, running a vineyard and boutique winery, Black Hand Cellars. The name, Black Hand Cellars, evolved through many stories from our great grandmother on the Banish side of the family about how her husband made great wine… and how the Black Hand Mafia found a liking to his wine and would seek him out for it. Hence, the name Black Hand Cellars. From this era we found the stories of our great grandfather’s experiences interesting. With our identity chosen, we have enjoyed focusing our theme around the lifestyle of the roaring 20’s along with saluting the stained hands of workers harvesting the rich, red wine varietals.


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766 Main Street, Cambria, CA, US, 93428com/ Email:
Phone: 805-927-9463 Web:
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Check out our 2004 Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley! You will truly enjoy this wine full of peaches, pears, and apricots in a smooth buttery finish!
  Pinot Noir
Our 2002 Syrah captures the aromatic flavors of Blackberry, and spice with a fruitful finish. Only a limited number of cases left.


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