ABOUT THE WINERY
Joyce Wine Company is a result of the family’s interest in Monterey County’s diverse terroirs. Minimal cellar intervention, on-site production and bottling frame the goals of Joyce; to showcase the impact of climate and soil on local varietals. Vineyards benefit from a unique climate during the growing season that further showcase fresh, clean and mineral driven wines with a sense of place. The deep, cold waters of Monterey Bay keep the nights cool making the growing season long enough to ripen fruit at a proper pace while maintaining finesse and structure.
Harvest at moderate ripeness from their own 6 acre estate along with partnership from trusted local farmers allows the winery to control the quality of the fruit before production. During fermentation, decisions on yeast sourcing, sulfur usage and filtration are made as needed aiming for typicity and honesty. In an effort to further guide their wines to their best potential, Joyce also uses neutral fermentation and aging vessels to limit its influence on the fruit.
Most American fathers and sons play baseball in the front yard… others make wine together. It began when Francis Joyce followed his passion by pirating several European cuttings in the early 1980’s to a small vineyard in the Carmel Valley. Francis’ son, Russel, grew up running between those wines. Russel now showcases the area’s premier AVA’s such as the Santa Lucia Highlands, Carmel Valley, and Arroyo Seco. Russell is classic and minimal in his approach to winemaking. He utilizes this approach to create wines of varietal purity and elegance while focusing on the local grapes of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.