Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards

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The Pourroy family's winemaking legacy began when Pierre Pourroy worked for Jean Narcisse Aubry's vineyard, marrying Aubry's daughter, Marie Louise, in 1891. After saving enough money, Pierre and his brother, Eloi, established their own estate in 1901. They planted Zinfandel vines in 1910, built a Tasting Room barn in 1912, and persisted through Prohibition, adding Cabernet Franc in 1920 and Carignan in 1924. The Monmartre family home, completed in 1923, was misspelled by craftsmen. Pierre retired in 1955, and the property was sold in 1971, becoming Congress Springs Winery. In 1996, Michael and Kellie Ballard bought it, renaming it after their daughters, Chanel and Savannah. Today, the Ballards actively manage the winery, using the Villa as their vacation home, dedicated to preserving the Santa Cruz Mountains' wine legacy and Pourroy Ranch.

(Submitted by Louise C)

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Food + Drink • History • Wineries