Locke Family & Vineyard History
Kevin and Theresa Locke, the owners of Locke Vineyards, have lived in the town of Murphys since 1983 when they moved for Kevin’s new job as a professional forester. Both of their family backgrounds had strong agriculture roots. Kevin’s grandfather, Mihail Yakovleff, emigrated from Russia to California in the 1920’s, where he farmed plums in Santa Rosa, almonds in Orland, and eventually grapes in Lodi. Theresa’s grandfather Joseph Avila, whose family had emigrated from the Azores in the late 1800’s, operated a dairy in Orinda and later the Modesto area.
Kevin and Theresa’s dream came true when they purchased a small existing vineyard in the Mountain Ranch area in 1993, which they expanded. In 1995, they purchased a piece of property off Highway 4 where the Murphys vineyard and barn tasting room exists.
Over the years, they have sold grapes to several local wineries in Calaveras County. The first vintage under the Locke Vineyards label was in 2003. Locke Vineyards currently has 5 acres of grapes at the Mountain Ranch vineyard and 5 acres of grapes at the Murphys vineyard, only buying small lots from local Sierra Foothill vineyards.
Currently, growing six different varietals of grapes, which include Viognier, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, and Barbera. Today, eleven different varietals are produced under the Locke Vineyards label.
The Murphys vineyard is home to a lavender, flower & culinary herb farm where most of the boutique products are created, such as soaps & dried bundles of flowers & lavender.
In 2013, Kevin retired from Cal Fire after a 35 year forestry career and opened the Murphys Main Street Tasting Room. In summer of 2018, the Murphys vineyard and The Barn became the new tasting room location.
Today, Kevin still oversees all vineyard management, all wine making is done by Matt Hatcher.
It is common to meet Kevin and Theresa behind the bar in the tasting room, or their youngest daughter Kirsten, who has taken over all business operations as of 2017. Follow everything happening at Locke Vineyards on our events calendar or blog! Cheers!
Meet Kevin: Forester, Master Grape Grower, Dad
Favorite Wine: Zinfandel and Giant Sequoia
Meet Theresa: Local Physical Therapist, Original Farm Gal, Mom
Favorite Wine: Viognier
Meet Caitlin: Current Texan, Business Analysis Guru, Oldest Daughter & Sister
Favorite Wine: Sequoia
Meet Kirsten: All Operations at Locke, New Generation Farm Gal, Youngest Daughter & Sister
From Vine to glass
Learn about our handcrafted wines. We believed it starts all in the vineyard and are very passionate about our growing practices in the vineyard. Join us for a tour and tasting to learn and experience our vine to glass experience!
from our farm
Feast on your senses, join us at our Vineyard. Our property boasts stunning views, fields of lavender and flowers with a rustic barn converted to a tasting room.