On a Pilgrimage to produce the finest wines from Santa Lucia Highlands



Building on exceptional quality fruit, Pelerin Wines is dedicated to traditional winemaking methods and to making unique and well-balanced wines of intensity and complexity from cool-climate fruit. Pelerin (French for “pilgrim”) produces 3,250 cases a year, and started with the 2000 vintage.


Owner/winemaker Chris Weidemann is former Assistant Winemaker both to John Kongsgaard at Newton Vineyard, and also with Morgan Winery. His style focuses on textural balance and complexity while creating intense and dramatic wines, operating based on feel and taste as well as science.

“Les Tournesols” (The Sunflowers) 2011, Roussanne / Viognier, Santa Lucia Highlands

Aromas and flavors of clover honey, Asian pear -apple, roasted grain, licorice and spice.. Earthy and complex, the wine shows the structure and depth of the Roussanne grape, with a touch of Viognier’s prettiness. Like most previous vintages, Roussanne plays the larger role at 72% with 28% Viognier. It was grown “Certified Sustainable” with 2.5 tons per acre yield. 203 cases.

Pinot Noir 2013, “Santa Lucia Highlands”                           SOLD OUT

It offers a classic range of ripe cherry, floral and spicy aromas and flavors possessing a rich and full mouthfeel with lively fruit flavors and typical SLH red and dark fruit density. Blended from superb SLH vineyards: Tondre, Fairview, Rosella’s and Sierra Mar, hand-picked, left un-racked and in 30% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. 700 cases.

Pinot Noir 2013, “Excelsis” Reserve Bottling Santa Lucia Highlands      Tête du Cuvée     New Vintage

Winemaker Notes: “A ‘best of the best’ blend – marries the depth and power of Sierra Mar Vineyard with the finesse and complexity of Rosella’s Vineyard to create a pinnacle expression of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. The three best free- run barrels from each highly-reputed vineyard were blended for exquisite layering, rich cherry, classic SLH chai spices, and La Tâche clone cellar-worthiness. 150 cases.

Pinot Noir 2011, “Excelsis” Reserve Bottling Santa Lucia Highlands Tête du Cuvée Just Released

Winemaker Notes: “Bright, ripe red fruit, cedar and cracked black pepper aromas. Followed by precise, silky cherry and plum skin flavors and textures. Incredibly youthful for a 6+ year old Pinot Noir.”

Contrasting with the ripe, more typical California styled 2013, the more restrained and lively 2011 reflects both the cooler vintage and the standard Pelerin French-Burgundy-influenced style of slow bottle evolution. The three best free-run barrels from the highly-reputed vineyards (Rosella’s and Sierra Mar) were blended for exquisite layering, rich cherry, classic SLH chai spices, and La Tâche clone cellar-worthiness. All 100% free-run juice. 150 cases.

Late Harvest Roussanne/Viognier 2009, “Le Berceau” Santa Lucia Highlands                 Nearly Out       375 mL

Blend of 50/50 of late harvest Roussanne and Viognier from the Paraiso Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. With a touch of botrytis, it has weighty viscosity and is loaded with apricot, quince, golden raisins, lemon, spiced cider and sage for an unctuously sweet and balanced experience. “La Berceau means “the cradle” as a Labor of Love. 55 cases of 1/2 bottles.

Available trade materials for download. (POS, Shelf Talkers, Data sheets)