The Wedell Cellars dream began in the late 1970’s when Maurice Wedell began working with a well known French Restauranteur in Los Angeles. During the next ten years with the restauranteur’s guidance, Maurice developed a passion for wine. This passion led Maurice in 1989 to move along with his wife Susan, and their newborn son Justin, to the Central Coast of California, an area that produces some highly acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Almost immediately we planted a small experimental vineyard of Chardonnay in what became the first step in realizing their dream of creating a wine styled after the great Burgundies of France.
Knowing that they would need expert guidance in their quest to create such a wine they sought out a local winemaker and grape farmer to assist in the management of the vineyard and to make their wine. The first vintage in 1994 consisted of one barrel of wine, twenty-eight cases of Chardonnay were produced from their own grapes and from purchased grapes. Encouraged by the results in 1994, Maurice and Susan decided to expand production gradually over the next few years by purchasing grapes from selected vineyards in Edna Valley while planting and maturing their own vineyard capable of producing enough grapes for their wine.
In late 1996, almost three acres of Chardonnay and at least one acre of Pinot Noir were planted on a steep hillside in the southern end of Edna Valley to achieve this goal. The vineyard began to produce Chardonnay in 1999 and Pinot Noir in 2000. While they do not submit their wines for review, Wedell has been recognized by various wine writers for its excellence.