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A brief history

We are organic dry-farmers.
The dream start­ed around 1990, the time we built our first home in Topan­ga, Cal­i­for­nia. It was then I became some­what infat­u­at­ed with wine. I was already inter­est­ed in farm­ing, and the 2 1⁄2 acres we pur­chased pro­vid­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dig my heels in the dirt. Lit­tle did I real­ize where it would lead!

After sev­er­al years of base­ment wine­mak­ing and farm­ing an acre and a half of vines, I con­vinced Paula to come with me to explore Paso. That was the fall of 2003. On that first trip, we dis­cov­ered the Ade­lai­da com­mu­ni­ty and were instant­ly tak­en by its rugged beauty.

So, in Decem­ber of 2004 we moved to the Cen­tral Coast and start­ed the process of build­ing our home, win­ery, vine­yard, and olive orchard.

Because our ter­roir is so sim­i­lar to the Rhône region of France, we are Rhône-cen­tric. Oth­er than Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, we grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourve­dre, Counoise, Petite Sir­ah, Viog­nier, Rous­sanne, and Grenache Blanc.

We believe the hard work is done in the vine­yard. And, if we main­tain this dis­ci­pline, farm organ­i­cal­ly and with­out irri­ga­tion, we will cre­ate wines of intense aro­mat­ics, fla­vors, and col­or, that are a true expres­sion of place, and the essence of our unique terroir.
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9515 Chimney Rock Road
United States, California




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