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Vina Robles Winery of Paso Robles

Vina Robles is a Paso Robles winery that I've found to offer very good wines and excellent value. The winery is located on the east side of Paso Robles, but uses fruit from a variety of locations. Most of the wines are based on Bordeaux or Rhone varieties, but they also offer Zinfandel and Verdehlo.

During a recent visit to Vina Robles, I tasted six wines:
  • 2009 Vina Robles White4 - Recommended, see my full review, based on a formal review tasting.
  • 2009 Vina Robles Verdehlo - 100% Verdehlo from the Huerhuero Vineyard.
  • 2007 Vina Robles Halter Ranch Meritage - 68% Cabernet Sauvignon with a whopping 32% Petit Verdot, from the Adelaide Hills in west Paso Robles
  • 2007 Vina Robles Suendero - 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot from Adelaide Springs Ranch, in the hills just 12 miles form the Pacific Ocean. Recommended
  • 2007 Vina Robles Signature - An inky estate blend. 66% Huerhuero Petit Verdot and 34% Creston Petit Sirah. Recommended (A formal review tasting is pending.)
  • 2008 Vina Robles Petite Sirah Creston Valley Vineyard - 100% Petit Sirah from the Creston Valley Vineyard, an estate vineyard southeast of Paso Robles. One of the best Petit Sirah I've had in a while. It had an almost ideal balance of structure, rich juicy fruit and oak accents. Highly Recommended

Here are some past NorCal Wine reviews of Vina Robles wines:
2009 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc Jardine Vineyard Paso Robles

2007 Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon HuerHuero Paso Robles

Vina Robles has a very attractive, 14,000 square foot hospitality center at 3700 Mill Road in Paso Robles. It includes not just a tasting room but also a shop, an art gallery and a large banquet room. The tasting room, shop and art gallery are open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (10 - 6 Summer, 10 - 5 Winter).

A tasting of three wines is available for free. More thorough tastings can be had for a small fee: Estate $7, Reserve $10 ($15 with cheese). Most wine tasting is done at the counter but the room is large, open and has two seating areas where you can relax with your glass if you like. There is also outdoor seating.

The retail shop offers not just wine, books, t-shirts and accessories, but also a deli section with items from Dean & Deluca. The banquet room is very spacious and Vina Robles has an on-site caterer, Trumpet Vine.

Vina Robles was founded in 1996 by Swiss businessmen Hans Nef and Hans Michel, the winery’s managing partner. They established three new Paso Robles vineyards at that time: Huerhuero, Jardine and Pleasant Valley. Those vineyards comprise roughly 1,500 acres and are at the heart of many Vina Robles wines. The winery also manages some 4,000 additional vineyard acres, some of which are estate, and sources grapes from Lodi too.

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Since its first release in 1999, Vina Robles wines have been made by Matthias Gubler, also a native of Switzerland. However, Vina Robles announced on May 16 that Mr. Gubler would be returning to Maienfeld, Switzerland to concentrate on the operation of his family’s vineyard there, as has been his long-term intention. He will remain with Vina Robles as contributing winemaker.

The new head winemaker at Vina Robles is Nicholas de Luca, 39. For the last six years, he has been Director of Vineyards and Winemaking at Dieberg & Star Lane Vineyards, a maker of fine Pinot Noir in Santa Ynez. Prior to that, Mr. de Luca served at a number of wineries including Byington (Los Gatos), William-Selyem (Healdsburg), Cline Cellars (Sonoma) and Highfield Estate (Marlborough, NZ). Vina Robles assistant winemakers, Julie Holme and Craig Holme remain on board.

 

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This article is original to NorCalWine.com. Copyright 2011 NorCal Wine. Photos by Fred Swan. Map courtesy of Vina Robles. All rights reserved.