Harmony may only have 18 people calling the town home, but their winery rivals Napa’s most popular.
The whole town can be seen within a single glance. There is a post office, a cafe, a couple of art studios, a chapel and two or three residential homes clustered together in a plot of land the size of a park.
Harmony is a tiny reminder of the past with its sprawling green hills and wooden architecture housed with artisans.
Life is slow here. The cows graze peacefully, and chickens peck the dirt along the main road. A tiny brown dog in a purple sweater guards the street and postoffice by keeping a watchful eye on pedestrians. A black cat roams the crooked cobblestone path to and from the different store fronts.
Harmony Glassworks, the glassblowing studio, was quite fun to browse. While I debated whether or not to buy a blown glass pen (easy writer bait), I watched an artist giving a glassblowing lesson to a couple of boys.
Across the street from the center of the tiny town is a giant barn with an arch across the driveway reading: Harmony Cellars Winery and Tasting Room.
A visitor’s first instinct will not be to go inside the barn, but to look out at the view surrounding it. The winery is on a small hill with just enough height to see into the valley. It’s quite beautiful and quaint with the town in the foreground.
Upon entering the winery, tasters are greeted with warm and smiling faces. It took less than a minute to be greeted and once decided upon the tasting, wine is poured immediately.
Erin Martin has worked for Harmony Cellars for six years, she said. She is the Market and Human Resources Director at Harmony Cellars Winery.
Harmony Cellars has been present in the San Luis Obispo County’s wine industry for 24 years, she said.
by Elyse M. Lopez
The winery is owned by Chuck and Kim Mulligan. Kim’s great-grandfather, Giacomo (James) Barloggio was a founder of the old creamery cooperative in downtown Harmony. He also used to make homemade wine down in his basement, Martin said.
“Today’s winery sits on a part of Giacomo’s original land holdings, land that’s been in Kim’s family for four generations,” Martin said.
Read more about Harmony–and touring SLO County’s wine country–at Elyse Lopez’s blog Sipping in SLO.