Claiborne & Churchill




11am to 5pm Daily

Tasting Fee

$15 waived with $30 wine purchase

Contact Info

805-544-4066 ph
805-544-7012 fx



2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Claiborne & Churchill is a small, premium family-owned winery in the Edna Valley, founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson.

Former teachers at the University of Michigan, the couple left the “Groves of Academe” for the vineyards of California in 1981 in order to begin a new life in the wine industry.

With its first crush Claiborne & Churchill announced its special focus, producing 565 cases of Dry Riesling and Dry Gewurztraminer, inspired by the fruity but dry dinner wines of the French province of Alsace. Today Claiborne & Churchill produces about 8,000 cases of wine each year, sourcing grapes from vineyards in the cool maritime valleys of California’s Central Coast and its own small estate vineyards.

We invite you to taste these and other wines in the cool ambiance of our eco-friendly “Straw Bale” wine cellar. Bring a picnic lunch and savor our wines while enjoying the lovely mountain and vineyard views.