Penville Projects is a wine venture created by close friends Michael Villas and Patton Penhallegon in 2013. We met while working at Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. Michael is a server studying for the famed Master Sommelier exam, and Patton is running the restaurants beverage program. As our friendship grew our mutual desire to create wines unlike any other in the California market became very apparent. We looked to the Santa Ynez Valley, a region that we feel has the greatest untapped potential of all wine growing regions in the United States.
At Penville our mission is to create wine combining ancient and modern techniques using as little human intervention as possible. Penville is centered around large 476 gallon concrete “eggs”. The design is based on the ancient Greek amphora used for the fermentation and aging of wine. Through this we achieve true expression of the region and highlight the quality of our grapes. We chose the Grenache grape for our first vintage. We both love Grenache because it creates an elegant yet hedonistic wine. Our fruit is purchased from Stolpman Vineyards in the newly formed Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area. The Stolpman family has created one of the most coveted vineyards in the central coast with a focus on Italian and Rhône varieties. It is our opinion that Grenache from Stolpman is of the highest quality in the Santa Ynez Valley.