The art of wine making is a family legacy. John Enos Vargas, the maternal grandfather of vineyard proprietor, Shaun Coleman, was a winemaker in the early 1900s on the island of Faial, part of the Azores Islands of Portugal.
After mastering the craft of Azorean wine making, Grandpa Vargas sailed to the United States and settled in Livermore, California in 1923. There he made wine at some of the best-known wineries in the Tri-Valley including Concannon Vineyard, Garatti Winery (Villa Armando), and Cresta Blanca Winery (Wente Vineyards).
The pioneering spirit and passion for wine making is shared by Shaun and his partner, Chris Maune. They planted vines to produce wine that honor Shaun’s Grandfather’s legacy – Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and the Portuguese Touriga Nacional grape which is made into a Rosé, and soon-to-be released Port.
The land and the vineyards allow us to connect with the pioneers of yesterday and today as well as all the groundwork they did to create sense of community and belonging. We’re proud to be part of the New Almaden community and to contribute to a future where the pioneer spirit is reinterpreted for our modern world.
Alamitos Vineyards Estate strives to provide a wine tasting and event space experience like none other. Here, visitors can explore, taste, and discover the unique beauty of the San Jose countryside.
Shaun Coleman & CHris maune, Proprietors
Shaun is a California native and the grandson of an immigrant winemaker from the Azores islands of Portugal. As a Silicon Valley software, networking, and space entrepreneur with over 50 issued technology patents, Shaun enjoys balancing the intangible aspect of software with the hands-on experience of growing grapes to produce amazing wines.
Raised in the Silicon Valley, Chris is a fellow entrepreneur who shares in the passion for wine making as it allows him to connect with his pioneering spirit. Chris worked for several years creating successful startups in the service industry and pulls from this experience to manage many aspects of the vineyard.
After building their legacy of innovation in the space, technology, and service industries, these two forerunners are now taking on the world of wine with great passion and finesse. Shaun and Chris invite you to explore the fruit of history at Alamitos Vineyards.
Marrying Science and Creativity
Peter Kirchner, Winemaker
Growing up in the Bay Area and being exposed to premium wines, Peter always had a passion for wine. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz and entered the UC Davis Extension program to complete the Winemaking Certificate program. Combining his scientific mindset and his knowledge of vineyards, Peter takes great pride in ensuring the wines he makes and vineyards he manages reach their utmost potential. Although he spends much of his time out in the vineyards, he feels he is always winemaking, with the belief that the most important component to a high-quality wine is the premium fruit that goes into it.
Winegrowing from soil to cellar
George Troquato, Winemaker
A third-generation vintner, George brings 30 years of winemaking experience from California’s Central Coast. With a degree in Crop Science from Cal Poly, George gained cellar experience working for his father at Troquato Vineyards, J. Lohr, and the Beaujolais region of France. George made the first five vintages of Testarossa wines and has spent three decades leading the winemaking team at Cinnabar Winery.
His winemaking philosophy starts in the vineyard, guided by the understanding that sustainable soils and strategic vineyard practices lay the foundation for a minimal-intervention winemaking style. As a winemaker consultant, George’s holistic approach is framed by a coordinated effort to promote healthy, balanced vines forming the foundation of extraordinary wines from California’s finest growing regions.
Big Vineyards to Small Lots
Dustin Moore, Viticulture & Vineyard Manager
After graduating from Fresno State in 2015 with a degree in viticulture, Dustin initially worked with E&J Gallo where his focus was on constant vine health analysis. This included pathogen identification and treatment, irrigation strategies, and insect abatement. Dustin also was responsible for vine nutrient analysis and cluster sampling throughout the season. After Gallo, Dustin joined Constellation Brands as a viticulturist where he oversaw 5,000 acres of vines. Dustin is now excited to bring his vast experience and skill set to the private vineyard sector where he can be more hands on with each individual site