Roger Bower, the owner and visionary behind Crown Point, purchased the property after recognizing its potential to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Crown Point is a true vanguard in the region, crafting premium wines that rival the best throughout the world. Roger engaged Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland as part of his commitment to constant improvement and excellence.
During Prohibition a simple alcohol was produced in Happy Canyon. Legend has it that folks would “take a trip up Happy Canyon” to purchase the beverage and the name stuck.
At Crown Point the first plantings began in 2001.
It wasn’t until November 2009 that the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Area) designation was achieved.
Purchased by Roger Bower in 2012, Crown Point is an estate winery dedicated to crafting wines of the highest distinction. Nestled in the eastern-most foothills of the east-to-west transverse valley of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Area), Crown Point is blessed with distinct climatic conditions and soil types that provide an ideal growing environment for Bordeaux varieties.
Roger had long been fascinated by the viticultural diversity and geographical grandeur of Santa Barbara County. His pursuit at Crown Point has been to express the unique characteristics and individuality of the region’s preeminent vineyards through farming and winemaking at the highest possible level.
2013 – Present Crown Point continues to focus on planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec.
November 2016 was the first release from Crown Point. The 2013 vintage included a 100 percent estate Cabernet Sauvignon as well as an estate red blend.
May 2017 Consulting Winemaker, Philippe Melka joined the team. Philippe is an acclaimed winemaker and geologist, whose extensive training has led him to work with some of the most renowned vineyards and wineries in Bordeaux, Italy, Australia and Napa Valley. Melka joined Crown Point because he was drawn to the distinct terroir of the estate.
June 2020 Consulting Winemaker, and famed oenologist Michel Rolland is the newest addition to Crown Point’s now all-French winemaking team, joining Consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka, who is renowned not only through his own eponymous brand, but also works with a myriad of high-end projects, including Dominus, Dana, Lail, Vineyard 29 and Brand, to name a few.
At Crown Point, we continue to focus on discovery, excellence and quality. Together, we have the extraordinary opportunity to produce world-class Cabernet-based wines just like wineries in Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Our wines have a great minerality along with a marvelous amount of richness and elegance. The wines should drink well and age gracefully for 25+ years.