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An encore visit to Malibu Family Wines at Saddlerock Ranch

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malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

My previous visit to the Malibu Family Wines at Saddlerock Ranch was in July of 2011 when I was part of a group of tour guides on an exploratory trip. You can see my post about that here. This time I was back for a photography opportunity with a group of fellow photography students.

malibu family wines at saddle rock ranch

Visitors from out of town, and even Angelenos, are surprised to learn that we have vineyards in our own backyard. This area is a mere 34-mile drive from my house in Culver City. No need to fly all the way to Napa Valley in Northern California!

malibu family wines at saddle rock ranch

The vineyards consist of approximately 60,000 vines on 65 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

According to the website: With the high altitude and separation from the coast, along with an ideal blend of weather conditions and rich, rocky soil, it’s the perfect environment for growing premium wine grapes.

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

The Saddleback Ranch area affords many photographic opportunities like this vintage Yellow Cab no longer in operation.

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

These Airstream trailers look like the makings for a dream vacation… but they are merely props to remind us of a bygone era.

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

Beautiful grassy area ideal for an event. Your wedding?

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

With our Mediterranean climate Southern California is like being in Italy or Greece or Spain. And whenever I visit those places I feel like I am still back in Southern California!

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

As a wino, it is lovely being in the midst of grape growing country. On my previous visit I tasted some of the wines and they have a Syrah that tastes like it is made in heaven. Well, Southern California is pretty close (when you are not fighting traffic!).

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

This area is home to a lot of rocky outcrops formed by, you got it… earthquakes…

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

Classic Airstream with 50s pink flamingo… wouldn’t you love to spend a week here? Well, a weekend, anyway…

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

Sunlight on the grape leaves. My parents used to grow grapes in their patio and I would pick the luscious leaves every year, brine them and stuff them with rice and raisins… oh yum.

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

Another kind of trailer. I could see myself getting up before dawn, sitting in that rocking chair and watching the sun rise across the vineyards with a good cup of coffee.

Malibu family wines at saddlerock ranch

I love this photo. It says what this area is all about. Even though there are no people in the photo it expresses the idea of you and I relaxing in the midst of the grape vines. One of my favorite photos of the day.

Part Two will be about the animals on the ranch. Stay tuned!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

5 thoughts on “An encore visit to Malibu Family Wines at Saddlerock Ranch

  1. Can you rent those airstream trailers to stay near the vinyards?
    Oscar

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  2. No, apparently they are purely decorative… wouldn’t that be great? I could see spending a weekend up there in one of those!

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  3. Pingback: It’s all about the animals at Malibu Family Wines’ Saddlerock Ranch | One Good Life in Los Angeles

  4. I love the pictures, I really do 🙂

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