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123 Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery PASO ROBLES Growers and makers of expressive, approachable Paso Robles estate wines, Vina Robles owners Hans Nef and Hans -R. Michel began farming wine grapes in 1997. It was a mere 30 years after the region's first Cabernet Sauvignon was planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman and the legendary André Tchelistcheff. Entrepreneurs who would later become known as pioneers of the region followed; they experimented and made discoveries that would shape the future of the Paso Robles wine industry. This land and this spirit are what drew Nef and Michel to the region, and inspired them to purchase property that would become their first of six Paso Robles estate vineyards. The 40-plus wineries that existed in 1997 have grown in number to more than 200. It is now no secret that growing conditions in Paso Robles are optimal for producing premium and ultra-premium wines. By 2012, Nef and Michel recognized how the diversity of terroir within the region contributed to nuances in fruit grown in different areas. They took up a petition with a few like-minded vineyard owners and ultimately helped to establish 11 sub-AVAs/ districts in 2014. The Vina Robles vineyard team currently farms a total of 2,400 acres on six estate vineyards, all are SIP Certified Sustainable. Only the finest blocks from each site are farmed for Vina Robles wines, the balance is sold to other area wineries. Spread out over the region, these six vineyards represent five of Paso's 11 sub-AVAs. FACING PAGE: Dotted with signature Paso Robles oaks, the Vina Robles estate Huerhuero Vineyard straddles the borderline of the El Pomar and Geneseo Districts. ABOVE: Guests are welcomed by a lush arbor at the Vina Robles Hospitality Center. Photographs by Barry Goyette SAN LUIS OBSIPO COUNTY

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