Chateau Davell's Vineyards are situated at a 1200 foot elevation, above French Creek in Shingle Springs.
The property, which is also home to 3 generations of our family, benefits from being surrounded by
biodiversity that serves as a natural immune system for the vineyard and gardens. When combined with
organic and biodynamic farming methods, this symbiotic relationship not only eliminates the need for
chemical pesticides but supports the vitality of the surrounding ecosystem. Over half of the 12½ acre
estate is reserved for garden, habitat, forest and riparian areas with just 5 acres set aside for vineyards.
Chateau Davell produces hand-crafted wines in extremely small lots. Chateau Davell's current offerings include
a varied range of French varietals and blends, including our Chloe Chardonnay, our Marguerite Rhone Varietal
Blend, and our Flagship Estate Red Blend, the Cuvée Impériale de Charlotte, named for our 6-year-old
daughter. Several limited production library wines are also available through the Tasting Room, as well as an
assortment of organic and artisan cheese pairings. Our wine labels feature works of art by winemaker/owner
Eric Hays, who is also an accomplished Artist. The original artwork used for the labels is on display in the
Winemaker Eric Hays developed a passion for wine during his 15-year tenure as a restaurant and club manager, and
honed his winemaking skills on the job as an Assistant Winemaker at a local winery. His wife Emily brings a passion
for sustainability to the vineyard and business operations, and manages marketing and Tasting Room operations. Eric's
mom Davell, the namesake of the winery, brings her accounting and gardening skills to the operation. All three family
members, along with 6 year old Charlotte and 1 year old Auguste, manage all the vineyard and winery operations
Our 1-acre organic farm is the perfect compliment to our vineyards. We use cover cropping, animal husbandry and
biodynamic farming methods, just as we do in our vineyard. Our babydoll sheep manage our vineyard and orchard,
and our chickens supply pest control as well as fresh eggs for our family. Our primary vegetable crop is heirloom
tomatoes, which supply a variety of local restaurants, including Taste, Hey Day Café, and Allez. We also have an
orchard with a variety of fruit nut and citrus trees, and farm a variety of vegetables year-round. Our produce is
available seasonally in the Tasting Room.
Copyright 2013 Chateau Davell Boutique Winery 3550 Carson Road, Suite E, Camino, California 95709 530-644-2016
Listen to owners Eric and Emily Hays chat with Rick Kushman at Capital
Public Radio about our Annual El Dorado Wineries' Event, "Passport."