The Vina Robles vineyard team takes care of our vineyards, targeting only the finest blocks from each site for the production of Vina Robles wines.
From the soaring, fog-kissed coastal mountains west of Paso Robles to the dry, rugged slopes east of the Salinas River, our vineyards reflect the wondrous diversity of the Paso Robles appellation, ultimately enabling us to capture a wide range of nuance and complexity in the wines.
Since 2012, all estate vineyards are Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified. To learn more about the rigurous certification program, click here.
While adhering to traditional winemaking methods, verteran winemaker Kevin Willenborg implements modern technologies to make his estate wines with minimal intervention.
Kevin is known for his great attention to detail and for working with the vines so that they express the true potential of the grape. Together with our vineyard team, he employs sustainable techniques to achieve the highest quality possible. Kevin explains: "Each wine has its own life. That life begins with the planting and development of the vines. It is then transferred from the earth through the vine as the grapes are harvested, crushed, fermented into wine and eventually bottled. The role of the winemaker is to respectfully steward this life with care and attention to detail."
Kevin's goal is to grow wines that completely translate the Paso Robles terroir into the bottle and let the true fruit qualities shine through in the wine. For this reason, he uses both subtle and discrete traditional as well as modern winemaking methods, in order to enhance the full expression of the grape. Furthermore, barrels are carefully selected from cooperages that are known for subtlety, and only low and medium toast levels are employed.
We are proud to say that 2018 was the first vintage crushed, made and bottled here at our new winery.
A NOTE FROM WINEMAKER KEVIN WILLENBORG
We broke ground and started construction of our new winery at our Huerhuero Vineyard in the Spring of 2017. It was a fitting milestone to mark our 20th anniversary, and promises to be the foundation of our next 20 years in Paso Robles. It was a long time coming, but the upside to waiting so long is that we now get to take advantage of the latest cutting-edge technologies that will help us make even better wine.
The state-of-the-art equipment we have installed will not only enhance wine quality, but also elevate our energy efficiency. Some of this equipment would have been unthinkable just 5 or 10 years ago, and a lot of it mirrors the mindset behind our sustainable vineyard practices. For example, the winery is partially powered by a solar array, and innovative logic controllers greatly reduce energy consumption. The winery actually uses less energy while generating its own power, ultimately minimizing its carbon footprint.
One thing I am particularly excited about is an optical grape sorter, one of just a few of its kind in Paso Robles. When our fruit is harvested and destemmed, each grape is sent through the optical sorter, which discards any compromised fruit with remarkable speed and accuracy. But not to worry, I have a habit of physically checking each tank myself every day, and that has not changed. We do not rely wholly on technology, but are able to use it to our utmost advantage.
Here's to many more vintages in this smart and beautiful winery!