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Leal Vineyards

Leal Vineyards Léal Vineyards is the creation of a self-taught wine fanatic. Owner Frank Léal is living his dream. His goal? To have fun, to reestablish San Benito County’s historic reputation as a winegrowing region, and to consistently provide limited, exceptional vintages to his discerning fans. Many folks fantasize of running a winery when they retire. Frank decided to pursue his dream while still in his twenties. Leaving his blue-collar career behind, he searched for the perfect locale. In 1998 and only 28 years old, Frank purchased 45 acres for the new vineyard. The chosen spot? The foothills of Hollister, in San Benito County towards the northern end of California’s sprawling Central Coast region. Léal recognized that here was a perfect synthesis of climate, soils, and people for producing truly great wines. As the vines were left to mature in Hollister, Frank headed to Napa to learn first hand how to craft world class wines. While the knowledge he learned in Napa was invaluable, his didn’t really fit in his irreverent attitude and youthful style clashed with Napa’s snobbery and stuffy tasting rooms. He knew that the eventual Léal wines and visitor experience would have to reflect his belief that wine should be built for and around good friends, good meals, and good times in a non-pretentious enviroment.


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300 Marantha Drive, Hollister, CA, US, 95023 Email:
Phone: 831-626-1023 Web:
Fax: 831-636-1071
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  Estate Carnavál Meritage
Soft entry way leads to a juicy and toasty wine with good depth and length. Approachable and complex. A great match for everyday American fare, including chili, burgers, and pizza.
  Estate Chardonnay
Crisp, vibrant mandarin and tangerine flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, warm vanilla and oak. Enjoy this wine with lighter poultry entrees, seafood, shellfish, cream-sauced pastas.
  Estate Merlot
Not a wimpy Merlot - big fruit, rich mouthfeel, young tannins. Will improve in the glass with every sip. Perfect with beef, lamb, and brown and Au jus-sauced preparations. Also great with the cheese course.
  Estate Syrah
Flavors of intense cocoa and chocolate abound in this big, dense, deep purple and nearly black wine. Great with grilled pork, beef, game, or veal.
  Estate Threesome
Combines intense fruit, exotic spice and silky texture to the extreme. A wine that makes you think. Syrah contributes blueberry and dark chocolate characters combined with pepper, gaminess and structuring tannins. More Details
  Sauvignon Blanc
Refreshing and zesty with citrus and white peaches, bright acidity and a clean, crisp finish. Great with a wide range of foods such as oysters, sushi, Dungeness crab, prawns, spring rolls, and Thai food. More Details
  Vintage Port
Léal’s first port is a 2003 Vintage California Port made from the Tinta Roriz grape. It is a ruby style port that exhibits Old World. Dried cherries and cranberries come together on the palate followed by a nutty finish. Pairs well with nuts, figs and cheeses as well as lighter-bodied cigars. Aromatics of maple and toffee.


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