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our story

Malibu Family Wines specializes in crafting unforgettable experiences around premium wines. With 70,000 vines on the 1,000 acre Semler Family ranch nestled in the hills of Malibu, Malibu Family Wines produces over 12 different varietals between the Semler and Saddlerock brands.

VINEYARD

Call it Southern California in a bottle. Perfectly positioned at the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, the vineyards are quite unique: The rocky terrain and steep south facing slopes provide the perfect environment for growing premium wine grapes. Planting started in 1997 with 15 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the hillside vineyards consist of approximately 70,000 vines on 70 acres with twelve varietals. Varietals planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre, Grenache, Viognier, Malbec, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, and Chardonnay.

HISTORY

The fascinating history of the property dates back some 300 years when the vast expanse of land surrounding the Santa Monica Mountains was part of the original Spanish Land Grant. The 200,000-acre site is a perfect spot for raising sheep and cattle. Up until the 1930s the area was known as El Malibu. Local caves are still covered with pictographs painted by the Chumash Indians, which date back to the Portola Expedition of 1769. These pictographs have become very rare due to erosion and weathering, but some of the most well preserved examples remain on the Saddlerock Ranch property and have been studied by archeologists.

Tours of the vineyard and Saddlerock Ranch are also available with Malibu Wine Safaris, an open-air wine tasting tour complete with breath-taking views from the ranch's many hills and outlooks, as well as encounters with the many exotic animals, from Timone and Pumba the local zebras, to Stanley the Giraffe.

We invite you to choose from a selection of wines harvested and produced from this legendary terroir.  Ocean air, luscious sky, impeccable grapes, classic soil – each sip is a memory produced with love and affection from the locals.

As a joint family endeavor between the Semler Family and the DeJoria Family, we take great pride in the gentle-handling, traditional techniques that give our wines their special character. We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy creating them!