In Paso Robles, varmints such as gophers and ground squirrels are a continual nuisance in the vineyard. The gophers gnaw on the vine roots, weakening the plant and diminishing nutrient uptake, and sometimes even killing the vine outright. Meanwhile, ground squirrels will climb into the vines, eating new shoots at the crucial stages of development, and even gorging on the grapes later in the growing season.
One approach to controlling these varmints is to deploy traps and poisonous baits that require considerable manual labor and ongoing vehicle passes through the vineyard. However, a less-invasive and more sustainable approach is to encourage the presence of domestic predators such as owls and hawks.
By installing the owl boxes, we can attract barn owls to nest in the vineyard. The boxes also include a perch that attracts red tail hawks and kestrel falcons. The hawks and falcons patrol for varmints during the day, while the owls go hunting after dark.
We paint our owl boxes off-gray to minimize sunlight absorption and to keep the boxes cool. Each entry hole is facing north when installed so that direct sunlight will not penetrate the interior while the owl is nesting.
It is gratifying to implement a natural solution to a serious problem in the vineyard. We are proud to be SIP (Sustainability In Practice) certified. We continually focus on producing great wine, keeping vineyards healthy and maintaining the well-being of workers.
Currently Vina Robles Winery is able to Ship wine to the following states*:
CA, CO, DC, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WY.
Please note that an adult signature is required upon delivery for all packages that include wine. Discount applied during check out. Orders must be purchased in quantities of 12.
*Special restrictions or rates may apply.
We are switching to our winter opening hours today and look forward to welcoming you daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Wine Club Lounge will be open Fridays through Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. with the last call at 4:00 p.m.
Special Holiday Hours:
|November 24, 2016||Thanksgiving||closed|
|December 13, 2016||Private Event||10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.|
|December 24, 2016||Christmas Eve||10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wine Club Lounge closed|
|December 25, 2016||Christmas Day||closed|
|January 1, 2017||New Year's Day||closed|
Wine & Food Experiences, Tapas and Lunch are not offered on Saturday, December 24.
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon - Estate
A full-bodied wine featuring dried cherry aromas with hints of licorice on the palate and textured tannins.
$26.00/retail; $20.80/Wine Club
Raclette is both the name for the traditional Swiss Cheese dish as well as the name for the Swiss cheese. Raclette is a fat, tasty, semi-hard cheese made from raw or pasteurized milk the and it differentiates itself by its excellent melting ability.
For the Swiss national dish, Raclette cheese is placed in front of glowing fire coals, after which the softened and bubbling cheese is scraped from the cheese wheel on to a plate for serving.
Raclette is a social meal to be enjoyed with friends and family and is traditionally served with small potatoes, pickles and various pickled vegetables such as onions and corn. Season with some Paprika and Pepper and you’re good to go!
Click here to obtain a print out recipe.