Many scenes in Star Trek: Picard are breathtaking and beautiful. From the beginning, when we see Jean-Luc Picard’s chateau, it’s apparent that this series is going to have some great landscapes that we won’t soon forget. Here’s a look at some of the filming locations for the series, including Chateau Picard. Note: There could be minor spoilers based on reported filming locations.
Star Trek: Picard Was Filmed in California
Star Trek: Picard was filmed in California, starting on April 22, 2019. Although Discovery is filmed in Toronto, CBS decided to film Picard in California, TrekMovie reported. This was in part because of $15.6 million in tax credits that CBS obtained to film there. Production was at Santa Clarita Studios, where Stewart filmed his Starz comedy Blunt Talk in 2015 and 2016.
According to IMDb, two of the main filming locations were in Los Angeles and Golden Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes in California. Golden Cove is reportedly the location where a Romulan clifftop city was filmed, IMDb notes.
Filming was wrapped in late August. Ante Dekovic shared the following post about it on Instagram on August 31, 2019.
He wrote: “That’s a wrap on Star Trek: Picard!!! …at least the filming part. All is left, months of post production. Thanks @startrekcbs @michael.chabon , Akiva, @alexkurtzmanofficial and of course @sirpatstew for the experience. Also a big thank you to everybody who helped us on set with the VFX. Even that for most of the time, it was hard to imagine or understand the things that we do. ? Can’t wait for the world to watch the show and get their minds blown!”
Jonathan Frakes said he hadn’t played Riker in 18 years and he was nervous about it, WinterIsComing reported. He said, “I hadn’t played Riker in 18 years, and I’ve been very fortunate to be busy directing. I acted briefly in a movie in Winnipeg about 10 years ago. And I had a major anxiety attack because, for whatever reason, I’d forgotten to act. I forgot how to act. I was not a pretty picture for a few hours. I got my s–t together and ended up doing fine.”
Picard’s Chateau Was Filmed at The Sunstone Villa & Winery
Sunstone Villa’s website describes the location as encompassing 55 acres, including a winery, and overlooking the Santa Ynez Mountains. The villa has limestone imported from a village in France (which is fitting for the Picard storyline), and has roof tiles and beams reclaimed from a lavender factory from the 19th century. The villa was completed in 2004 from artifacts recovered from buildings and rural villages.
The villa is available for private events, overnight stays, and weddings, so you can go there if you want and experience Picard’s lifestyle firsthand. And in case you’re wondering, yes you can bring your dog.
Here’s a photo of Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart spending some time at the winery. This was shared by Hanelle Culpepper Meier. She’s directing the first two episodes of Picard.
Here are some more photos she shared from the Sunstone Winery.
Fans love Picard’s new winery. It’s stunningly beautiful.