Big Dogs, Little Grapes
Kim and Steve McIntyre
When they’re not relaxing on a California beach with their gigantic dogs, Steve and Kim McIntyre are growing grapes and making wines sustainably. For more than a decade, the McIntyres have been active members of SIP Certified. They own two SIP Certified estate vineyards totaling 161 acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco regions of Monterey County. The McIntyres also farm 1,355 acres of SIP Certified vineyards for their vineyard management company, Monterey Pacific Inc. Over the years, McIntyre Vineyards has built an international reputation for extraordinarily complex and detailed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the Santa Lucia Highlands.
“I always wanted to be a rock star, but it didn’t work out. So, I became the next best thing: a grape grower. While the idea of playing ‘Margaritaville’ seven nights a week at a tiki bar in Lahaina has a certain appeal, I think overall I made the right choice.”