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About Line Shack Winery

In the old West, before the days of ATVs and Helicopters, when Cowboys still worked cattle a horse back, the term "Line Shack" referred to a small cabin built on the open range where cowboys could take shelter from natures wrath while working away from their home ranch.

Our “Line Shack” was discovered in 1989 when our family aquired a small ranch in Chualar Canyon, Monterey County, California. The only building on it was a run down cabin my father affectionately called the “Line Shack”. Soon this building was remodeled and it became a favorite place to gather and celebrate family, food and friendships. It also became the Winery, Tasting Room and extra Barrel storage when the garage became full.

My wife Daphne and I began making wine 23 years ago in 1991 after befriending Italian Wine Maker and King of Radicchio, Lucio Gomiero who is the owner of two very successful Italian Wineries, Vignalta in Italy’s Veneto (perennial Tre Bicchieri winner) and La Fiorita, a winery that produced one of the highest rated Brunellos ever by Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. It was thru Lucios' friendship that we developed a love for wine as well as our palate and attention to detail so important in the production of fine wine.

In 2003, Daphne and I decided to quit our day jobs and make a living out of our passion for fine wine. The Line Shack Winery was born. The initial concept was to make very limited quantities of Wines representing Southern Monterey County varietals. Our children Jack and Morgan were 7 & 9 and able to help in some of the work at the winery. Things were progressing well when Daphne and I became pregnant with our third child Nicholas. Upon our blessed thirds arrival it became a little difficult to be on the road selling a few days a week, then coming home to work in the winery as well as fullfill my responsibilities as a father, now of three. Needless to say Daphne needed help and I needed to be there.  At that time we decided to expand our production and explore broader  distribution.

 Our fruit is primarily grown in the Southern Monterey County with the focus of our winemaking efforts being the San Antonio Valley AVA. This new AVA, which is a 1,200 foot high Mountain Valley in the heart of the Santa Lucia mountain Range and several miles inland from the Pacific Ocean on the Central Coast of California, is becoming renowned for producing excellent quality warm climate, “Bourdeaux and Rhone” grape varieties that produce intense flavored, full bodied red and white wines of exceptional character.  We also source small amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit from the cooler Santa Lucia Highlands also located in Monterey County

Our background in production agriculture and commitment to family and our faith enhances our focus on the environment and sustainability. Our grower partners utilize or are transitioning to sustainable  farming practices and we are striving to minimize our carbon foot print as well as protect our limited resources. It is the goal and mission of the Line Shack Winery to grow a business which provides its customers with excellent quality and good value and all the while remaining good stewards of the environment.

Line Shack Winery is proud to offer superb quality wines at exceptional values for your enjoyment. Thank You for your interest and visiting our website. Enjoy and remember there’s a little bit of Cowboy in all of us.


– Bob, Daphne, Morgan, Jack and Nick Balentine