Walter Georis was born of a Belgian father and a German mother who immigrated to the US from Belgium in 1956 when Walter was eleven years old.
After having spent his teen years in Southern California, Walter decided to move north to Carmel where he pursued a career in fine arts.
Soon after arriving in Carmel, Walter designed a family restaurant, Casanova that would become internationally renowned for its cuisine and style, and its wine cellar.
Remembering his childhood and the pleasures of country life on the family farms in Europe, Walter decided to combine his love of fine wines with the challenges and rewards of growing grapes and producing first class wines. In 1981, after consulting with French experts on soil and wine making, he bought a ranch in Carmel Valley and soon planted the grapes that would produce the first crop of Georis wines.
Greg has a degree in microbiology and chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. After graduating, the following years were spent traveling and exploring various avenues and hobbies. After 9/11, he moved to New Orleans and began tending bar in the French Quarter. There is where he fell in love with wine. He then decided to move to California so he could be near wine. 2019 will mark Greg's 17th consecutive harvest as Winemaker.
The vineyard is located in the mountains of the upper Carmel Valley, California, 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Our 14 acre vineyard is planted to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir grapes. Our terroir is sandy clay loam with gravel and river rocks. Some small vineyard areas include chalky soils.
At Georis Winery, we strive to be environmentally responsible and pay tribute to our land. We farm in the most natural way by looking after the health of our vines and encourage biodiversity making our own compost and planting cover crops during the rainy season.This delayed attention to our unique terroir influences the character and quality of our world class wines.
Since 1982, Georis Winery proudly produces a variety of wines exceptional in quality. Georis wines represent authenticity, integrity and a commitment to terroir expressive wines. Our philosophy is to respect European wine-making traditions while embracing the generous California climate of our appellation. Our objective is to craft wines with complexity, elegance and finesse.
Our Estate wines set us apart from other producers. Earthy, opulent and fruit forward, they reveal complex tannin, minerality and dry finish.
Georis also produce a variety of elegant white wines such as Pinot grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and our ever so popular Rose` “Les Abeilles”.