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Wine Tasting
Sip back and enjoy heavenly wines at Seven Angels Cellars
 Experience the laidback lifestyle and lush award- winning wine
Dreamy wines and beautiful views abound at Seven Angels Cellars. The idyllic property spans 93 acres of a former dairy farm
and horse pastures. Owners Greg and Pamela Martin produce their famously exquisite Templeton Gap gold medal-winning wines with the best quality fruit from estate-grown and locally sourced grapes from high-tier growers.
The property has many spots for
sipping wine and relaxing. Wander to the upper pond, just above the tasting room where picnic tables
await. The pan-
orama is breath-
taking and seem-
ingly endless. Guests
love the large 60-foot
deck featuring barrel tables
and open views of the vines. Greg said, “It’s very spectacular and looks like a Tuscan cottage from the street. Stepping out of your car at the end of the drive it’s a whole different perspective, and then, the wow factor. People have told us they like how comfortable, welcom- ing, and cozy it is here. They come here because it’s inviting, approach- able and unintimidating.”
After working and making wine with noted visionaries at Midnight Cellars, Dark Star Cellars, and Brian Benson Cellars the Martins started Seven Angels Cellars in 2009 with 70 cases of their first vin- tage and flagship Petite Sirah. The Martin’s blended family of seven children are the angels in their lives and namesakes for the winery.
The tasting room is built from a former L.A. Unified School District classroom, inspired by Pamela’s roots in education. Recently retired after a 24-year career as an elemen- tary school teacher in Southern California, she found it fitting to repurpose the old classroom as their tasting room. Greg’s extensive
history as a contractor brought the vision and together their special touches created an ever-evolving space where people want to gather.
Many influences create a great bottle of wine. The terroir, the
fruit and the weather in which
the grapes grow are the physical components. The winemaker’s con- stant eye on the growing vines and
attention to the nuances that are taking place in the vineyard is the part
of the process that is part instinct
and part science. When to harvest, monitoring the fermentation, the
choice of the bar- rel for each varietal,
and when to bottle are when the true magic takes place. Greg said, “Each
variety has its own challenges. We produce a Pinot, sourced from Edna Valley, which is a field blend of the thin-skinned varietal. It can be persnickety while farming; there are all these fine lines of when to pick/pull the trigger, and when to cold soak or macerate more and get a higher extraction on color. These are fun challenges for people who like to make wine.”
The Martins are passionate about the winemaking process, especially blending. The couple ex- tracts flavor profiles from memory and notes from years of previous tastings. Greg said, “We love mak- ing wines with notable characteris- tics. We practice extreme patience during blending trials. It’s fun and exciting to taste the wines as they evolve. Blending is when we know we’ve created something special with harmony and distinction.”
Seven Angels Cellars is located at 830 Templeton Rd., Templeton. Open Friday- Sunday noon-5 p.m. For more information, call
(805) 835-4054 or visit
  Greg and Pamela Martin
Enjoy our winery grounds, taste our remarkable wines, picnic, play bocce or just relax in the shade.

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