Mesa Del Sol Vineyards


An exciting new venture in wine and ecotourism has sprung to life in the upper reaches of the Arroyo Seco River Highlands in South Monterey County. Mes Del Sol Vineyards, a family owned and operated boutique winery and retreat center, offers fine wines and a haven from the stress of the everyday world. Steeped in history and graced with award winning vines and unparalleled views Mesa Del Sol Vineyards has achieved an outstanding recipe for a perfect venue. Located at the crossroads of old Indian and settler trails, at the junction of Carmel Valley and Arroyo Seco Roads, the property hosts a plethora of historic buildings dating back before the 1900's. Once the site of a healing center, it is said that President Teddy Roosevelt stayed there and enjoyed the properties curative environment. The estate has been beautifully restored by Ann Hougham and her family to it's by-gone glory and is available for weekly rentals for groups up to 20 people. Stroll thru the enchanting gardens, swim in the grand old pool, feed the chickens in their coop or the trout in the pond, pick fresh vegetables, relax in the hammock or hike, bike, or wine taste in the back-country. Mesa Del Sol Vineyards is the perfect getaway for family, friends and artesian retreats alike.

Location Description

This historic estate perched on a mesa overlooking the Arroyo Seco River and the Ventana Wilderness sets the stage for an exclusive
and unforgettable retreat.


  • Producing award-winning wines.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 35


In 1927, California Senator Fred Weybret purchased the property and moved his family here. The main house was constructed in 1936 out of local redwood and Carmel stone. The Senator and his family lived here until his death in 1945 and the land passed on to a noted Monterey County lettuce baron from Salinas, Steve Rianda, and his talented artist wife, Mary.

With their three children, the Rianda family lived on the property, named it Mesa Del Sol, and went on to beautify the mesa, adding a pool and other out buildings and cultivating the grounds and gardens over the next 25 years.

In 1998 another Salinas-born agricultural innovator Jake Hougham, purchased the land. The vineyards were planted and the trout pond was reinstalled at that time.

Since Jake Hougham's death in 2000, his wife Ann has continued to restore the 14 acre vineyard estate and produce award-winning grapes for many celebrated Monterey County vintners. The estate buildings have been lovingly restored, the grounds beautifully landscaped and crops now include fragrant Provence Lavender used in sachets, lotions and oils.

Practices & Techniques

The properties soil, geology and climate proves a perfect environment for complex and flavorful red varietal wines. Farmed using sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices the fruit from the vineyard has proven to be stellar year after year.

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45803 Arroyo Seco Road
California 93927
United States

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