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Who We Are...

Crystal Basin Cellars has its roots in amateur cooperative winemaking. Beginning under the house in 1981, CBC created a long string of vintages that captured fun times with friends. Steadily growing from 3 barrels to 25 under the house, CBC outgrew its space and was formed as a commercial winemaking operation in 2000. Since then, we've made almost 30,000 cases of wine that have been eagerly devoured by our fans and ourselves. We've been awarded packs of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals since 2001. In fact, each of our vintages has won at least one Gold Medal at a major wine competition in California since we’ve been a commercial winery.

Our goal is to make wines from the heart is driven by a passion to craft the highest quality wines possible from El Dorado County grapes. At Crystal Basin, we are not grape growers but are blessed to have strong community connections to be able to source great local grapes. In many cases, we've been buying our fruit from the same super-premium vineyards for over 15 years.

One of the key strengths of Crystal Basin Cellars is our Team. We've worked together for a long time and we can all finish each other’s sentences. No matter the situation, we somehow always pull it together and look pretty good doing it.

Mike Owen - Founder, President and El Jefe
Mike has led the charge at Crystal Basin since 1988. A veteran of numerous harvests and cork-pulling contests, Mike contributes the drive and vision for the company. A Silicon Valley escapee, Mike also lived in France, where he learned to love Rhone wines. Mike has been very lucky to find high-quality Rhone grapes and put together a talented team to make and market Crystal Basin's wines. Mike has always gets wildly motivated when people say things cannot be done.
Melissa Owen - Wine Diva
Melissa's mission at CBC is to make our guests feel welcome and look forward to their next visit. Melissa comes by her hospitality skills because she genuinely loves people. She is a natural at handling winery chaos, after having to clean up after Mike's whirlwind for more than 16 years. Melissa is the cheerful voice you will hear on the phone when you call up to order wine! See for your self, call her at (530) 647-1767.