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A brief history

A love of wine and hospitality in equal measure: Varinder and Anita, owners of Copia Vineyards and Winery, produce elegant Rhône and Bordeaux varietal wines. He from an engineering background and she from the world of fine dining restaurants, together they came to Paso Robles to make wine from the ground up, one small lot at a time. Copia’s world-class Willow Creek and Adelaida estates offer stunning views of the rolling hills of Paso Robles’ Westside. At Copia, you are invited to experience the story of two explorers who go "all-in" on life, enjoy the wines that they craft and hear about the land that continues to inspire them. Curated tasting experiences and private tours are available.

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Established in 2017

5076 Mustard Creek Road
United States, California


Meet The Team

  • Varinder Sahi

    Varinder Sahi is the leader at Copia Vineyards and Winery as its Owner and Winemaker. His family history of farming and fascination with engineering drew him to a calling that could encompass all of his deep-rooted passions. He heads all of Copia’s winemaking and viticulture.

    Varinder was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Punjab, a state in northwest India. Agriculture is a big part of the Punjabi community and farming goes back 13+ generations in his family. His formative years were spent in a communal, self-sufficient and agrarian society. He internalized this way of living and it carries through to everything he does.

    His undergraduate studies took him to Bangalore, India in the South, for electrical engineering and later across an ocean to Toronto to earn his MBA at York University. As a young engineer, he worked in a corporate environment and that’s where the spark for wine was lit as he enjoyed many a fine meal during work with his team. To Varinder, fermented grape juice started as such a simple idea, but he was beginning to see that there was so much more to it. He sprinted toward more and more wine knowledge as he began to explore different varietals and diverse wine regions in his corporate travels. He fell in love with wine and in those early years, he made a promise to himself that when life’s busy schedule abated, he would take time to make wine.

    Studying and earning his winemaking certification from UC Davis sparked the development of a vineyard property with his younger brother in Lodi, California in 2015. Desiring to bring a piece of history to the endeavor, this property was purchased using funds received from the sale of Sahi Family ancestral property in Punjab. Later in the same year, he met his future wife Anita and the two communed on their shared passion for wine. They traveled to Paso Robles Wine Country on an educational tour and one could say that the rest is history in the making. Copia has been a calling that brought Varinder back to his roots: In 2017, Varinder found and purchased what was to be Copia’s Kiler Canyon Estate Vineyard.

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  • Anita Sahi

    Anita Sahi is at the helm of Copia Vineyards as its Owner and General Manager. Her lifeblood is all things hospitality and she draws from experiences as a former restaurant professional to imbue the spirit of elegant, attentive and warm hospitality throughout Copia.

    Anita grew up in the Chicago area, the middle child of three to parents of Indian and Pakistani descent. From a young age, Anita had a creative spirit, gravitating toward culinary arts and the art of storytelling. Her passion for weaving tales guided her to the doorstep of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, where she studied broadcast journalism with some of the finest professionals in the industry. In the early 2000s, she enjoyed writing and field work at TV stations in Pittsburgh and Chicago. During her tenure, rather than following leads for traditional news stories, Anita found herself chasing after her colleague’s reports on the restaurant beat. It was shortly thereafter that she made the leap into the world of restaurant hospitality and marketing, spending time working from the bottom up in Chicago, Boston and New York City.

    Starting in 2001 and for the next 14 years, Anita worked every aspect of the business, including the kitchen, the front-of-the-house, marketing, operations and ownership. Her passion for this entrancing world took her to the culinary mecca of New York City, landing in the marketing department of Drew Nieporent’s Myriad Restaurant Group that includes Tribeca Grill, Nobu Restaurants, Corton (now Bâtard) and more. It was here that her true wine education began, as she was able to help craft events and dinners from a 20,000 bottle+ Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar. She was working with one of the world's best restaurateurs and some of the world's best chefs, wine directors and sommeliers.

    In no time, Anita was hooked. She continues to fall in love with food and wine and never looks back.

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