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Michael and Margene Mooney’s portfolio of award-winning wines include three separate, very distinct programs and labels:

Chateau Margene

The Chateau Margene label is dedicated to growing and producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux – style blends from the Paso Robles region.

Atop the rolling hills just outside Creston, Michael & Margene Mooney pursued their dream to plant a vineyard, build a winery and establish their home. The family took up residence on the property in the Summer of 1998 and planted the initial estate vineyard in the Fall of 1998. The vineyard was expanded in 2015 and the site now has four clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec & Sangiovese.  Chateau Margene’s first wine was their 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, with grapes sourced from a vineyard in Paso Robles’ west side Templeton Gap area and another vineyard off Airport Road in east Paso Robles. The first wines off the estate vineyard were the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Chateau Margene home estate is a true Paso Robles’ appellation “First Growth.” Michael and Margene’s vineyard designated releases have received national acclaim. The annual release of their very limited, 100% Estate “Beau Melange” bottling is much anticipated. It is one of the finest Bordeaux-style blends produced in California – the perfect expression of a truly great vineyard site and one winemaker’s history and passion in crafting Cabernet-based wines of the highest order. The wines of Chateau Margene are available in their tasting rooms in Creston and Morro Bay and at fine wine retailers and select restaurants. CM’s online home is ChateauMargene.com

Mooney Family Wines

The Mooney Family label’s singular focus is presenting the best, limited release Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the top vineyard estates in the cool-climate Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.

Michael Mooney works closely with well-known SLH properties Boekenoogen, Vigna Monte Nero, Tondre & Hahn. Michael’s close association with these winegrowers assures that only the very best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay arrive at the winery in Creston. Here, Michael has converted Chateau Margene’s original barn into a separate “micro winery,” specifically dedicated to the Mooney Family label’s Burgundian – style releases. The limited releases of Mooney Family Wines are available at the Creston and Morro Bay tasting rooms and online at MooneyFamilyWines.com


Roxo Port Cellars was acquired by Michael & Margene in July of 2016 and specializes in ultra premium Port-style wines. Metodo Portugues adorns the label and translates to “the Portuguese method.”  Port-style wines are produced using only traditional methods with minimal interference. Our grapes are exclusively hand-picked and sourced from esteemed vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Each vineyard was carefully selected for its location, farming practices and superior fruit. Roxo Port Cellars wines are now being tasted at both Chateau Margene locations in Creston and Morro Bay.  

El Pistolero

The El Pistolero project is an exceptional value offering from Michael of fun, exciting wines at a great price. The “El Pistolero” name refers to Michael’s forefathers on the Central Coast - who, over a hundred abd fifty years ago, held a 32,000 acre Mexican land grant (Canada de Los Osos) in the Los Osos Valley of San Luis Obispo, California. 

El Pistolero currently consists of two releases: a Cabernet Sauvignon blend sourced from Paso Robles. And a Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Both represent an amazing value for wines of this quality and pedigree. More info at ElPisotoleroWines.com