Halcyon Wines is brought to you by husband and wife duo, Tyler and Kim Elwell.
Santa Barbara-bred Tyler and Napa Valley-native Kim launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard in Paso Robles, California - a varietal he always dreamed of working with. Tyler recently worked at world-renown Tablas Creek as Assistant Winemaker from 2012-2016.
Heavily inspired by a love for the Loire Valley, Tyler strives for a balance between old and new worlds.
Tyler strives to produce Cabernet Franc that spotlights the grape for all of it's varietal glory while showcasing the vineyard's sense of place - making wines of minimal intervention, higher acidity and lower alcohol.
The inaugural 2014 vintage (175 cases) featured three wines, one grape, one vineyard, all 100% Cabernet Franc: still rose, sparkling rose, and Cabernet Franc.
In his ten years experience in winemaking, Tyler has worked with notable wineries and vineyards throughout California.
The myth of Halcyon and the "Halcyon Days" is a tender story of love and commitment that takes place along the coast of ancient Greece.
Halcyon is a name for a bird in this Greek legend generally associated with the kingfisher. There was an ancient belief that the bird nested on the sea, which it calmed in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest. Two weeks of calm weather were therefore expected around the winter solstice. Thus, the phrase 'Halcyon Days' signifies prosperity, joy, liberation and tranquility.
The Kingfisher in Oakland, California was where Tyler and Kim first met. Both of their birthdays occur during the winter solstice - which is also referenced in the myth.
Halcyon is also a small township located just south of Arroyo Grande on the 101. Founded in 1898 as a Theosophical intentional community, Halcyon is the home and headquarters of The Temple of the People.
Halcyon Wines is inspired by a love for California, the Loire Valley and a constant pursuit of wisdom, balance and love.