Windward Vineyard

3.57/4

1380 Live Oak Road , Paso Robles, CA 93446

About This Winery

A mile off Highway 46 on a gravel drive, is a winery and vineyard that specializes in one varietal wine—the grand grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir.    As you walk up to the metal sided winery and tasting room building
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A mile off Highway 46 on a gravel drive, is a winery and vineyard that specializes in one varietal wine—the grand grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir. 
 
As you walk up to the metal sided winery and tasting room building you pass by a large lathe house that has been fashioned into a “wine garden” with a pea gravel floor and rustic tables and benches that look out over the hillside vineyard. At the entrance to the tasting room is a unique metal sculpted vine reaching a dozen feet tall. Inside there is a step spiral stairway leading to a small office perched above the cozy tasting room. The mustard colored walls host original art work from a local artist. Behind the small tasting bar, an interior window looks in on the barrel room. The room is notable as there is only art and wine displayed; no boutique items in sight!
 
The family owned operation specialize in 100 percent estate grown and produced, Burgundian-style, handcrafted Pinot Noir. The property is designed as a “Monopole” where it is solely owned by Marc Goldberg and Maggie D’Ambrosia who control all of the grape growing and winemaking. They will generally produce just one wine each year with the exception of certain vintages where a reserve “barrel select” is determined by the winemaker. The vineyard was planted in 1990 with four notable French Pinot Noir clones. The combination of characteristic of these clones and the dense mineralization of the soil create these notable and noble wines. Enjoy a “vertical” tasting of their recent vintages.
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Winery Information

Hours: Daily 11 to 5 pm
Tasting Fees: $10 with souvenir Riedel glass
Price Range: $30 to $44 per bottle
Established: 1993
Vineyards: 15 acres
Production: 2,000 cases

Amenities

  • Art Gallery

Ambiances

  • Family Run
  • Hip & Stylish

Wine Types

  • Pinot Noir

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Pinot's are the only wine produced here, and after tasting them it's all they need to make. They were aromatic, beautifully hued and worth every cent. A place I will always visit when I'm in the area. The tasting room was comfortable with beautiful artwork adorning the walls. The staff was kind and attentive and above all he had the eagerness to explain the wines to my new tasting partner.

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You have to understand it is just Pinot Noir. The 2010 and 2011 are drinking very well right now. Love to sit out under the "lathe" out front with a picnic toward the end of the day in the fall. A beautiful site. Marc, Maggie and Anna are wonderful. Worth joining the wine club to get a 20% discount and free tastings.

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We left Long Beach rather early and arrived at Windward, our first stop, before they were even open. So we strolled the grounds and played with the winery dog for a while to stretch our legs. The owner arrived from an errand and opened early for us. She and the staff were as friendly as could be, and even at that early hour, the Pinots were great! Perfectly balanced, some ready to drink now, others still needed a bit of time. I will head back!

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($10/4 wines) The tasting list included four pinot noir selections. Three of four wines finished with long, heavy-bitter notes. The bottles are expensive, selection limited and quality questionable at best.

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