Twenty miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the Paso Robles AVA experiences warm, dry summers with occasional heat spikes. A break in the coastal range allows a marine layer to move inland each afternoon, providing the cool evenings and nights that help develop well-balanced grape acidity.
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Solana Vineyards stand above the fog line at elevations of 700–1,000 feet in the San Miguel district of northern Paso Robles where the persistent breezes stress vines, limiting their vigor and canopy development. The dark well-drained soils consist of decomposed sandstone with significant concentrations of limestone that encourage optimum vine balance. The small vines produce small berries that translate to rich wines possessing mature tannins and a plush mouthfeel.
grapes sourced: petite sirah
Terrace Vineyard is located along the Estrella River on the east side of Paso Robles where warm temperatures, chalky shale-based soils, and plentiful sunlight afford favorable growing conditions. Planted in 2000, the vineyard is tended with certified sustainable farming practices that conserve water, protect the environment, and allow the fruit to reach full potential.
grapes sourced: picpoul blanc
Cira Vineyard was planted on Paso’s eastern plateau in well-drained sandy clay-loam soils. The 2001 planting is certified organic and mostly farmed with non-till practices that benefit both grape and environment. Vines grow on bilateral cordons, yielding three to four tons per acre on average.
grapes sourced: syrah, petite verdot, cabernet franc
Kiler Grove Winegrowers
Kiler Grove Winegrowers is perched on a knob in southwest Paso Robles. With signature pale-white calcareous soils, the vineyard is exposed to cool nights from 1,200-foot elevations and stiff winds resulting from its close proximity to a pass in the coastal range called the “Templeton Gap”. The limestone soils make the vines work extra hard, producing small berries with enormous flavors.
Grapes sourced: Trebbiano
The four ridges that compose the revered Journey’s End Ranch are locally known as the “Stanger Bench”. The 9.5-acre vineyard features the Westside’s signature calcareous soils and a warm climate that is tempered by daily maritime influences seeping through the Santa Lucia Range. These attributes ensure the development of well-structure, intensely flavored wines.
grapes sourced: cabernet sauvignon
Sextant Vineyard was planted in 2000 at 400 feet above sea level on rolling hills and terraces east of the Salinas River. The dark and heavy clay soils contain fair amounts limestone and shale that help channel photosynthesis into full grape development without excessive vine growth. The particular influence of soil and climate develops wines that are consistently complex and elegant.
grapes sourced: syrah, merlot
This 45-acre vineyard is sustainably farmed by owners who place quality over quality through all phases of grapegrowing. After four years of researching suitable sites in every California wine region, they selected this location for its favorable combination of soils and climate.
grapes sourced: tempranillo
Twin Oaks Vineyard
This planting is defined by the signature characteristics of the El Pomar district: rolling hills, heavy clay soils, and a climate that is highlighted by the arrival of a cooling marine layer nearly every afternoon. The vineyard produces wines with flavorful expressions of true varietal character.
grapes sourced: merlot
Sunset Ridge Vineyard
With just five acres currently under vine, this family-owned property is carefully tended by hand with sustainable practices including permanent cover crops and beneficial insects that prey on undesirable pests.
grapes sourced: petite sirah
Named for owners George and Ina Brown, Inangeo Vineyard was established in 2003 among the rolling hills of Paso’s El Pomar district. The cabernet franc vines (Clone 4 on 5BB rootstock) are planted in heavy clay soils, and benefit from the extended sunlight provided by southeast exposure. The sum of soil, clone, rootstock, topography and climate brings forth wonderful aromas and flavors.
grapes sourced: cabernet franc
PMR Vineyards was developed in 1999 on the rolling hills of Paso’s El Pomar district and now consists of 35 sustainably farmed acres. Vines are carefully tended by hand in heavy clay soils through winter pruning, summer shoot and cluster thinning, and fall harvest. The site produces medium bodied red wines that strike an exemplary balance of structure, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel.