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Among many other business interests
Allman-Ward Associates also
manages Windrock Estates™. Two
hundred and fifty acres on the Central
Coast of California, the vineyard
produces a limited amount of Rhône
varietal white wines and the orchard
grows a special variety of Cailletiers
ABOUT THE GRAPES
Windrock Estates is a small vineyard specializing in classic Rhone white
grape varieties (Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.)
Production is small, with approximately 3 tons of Viognier and 1½ tons
each of Marsanne and Roussanne. The vines are all Tablas Creek clones,
sourced from their nursery and planted in 2001.
- Viognier: (805 SV1c Viognier J S04 BG) (01 on S04 rootstock)
- Marsanne: (367) (02 on 1103P rootstock)
- Roussanne: (384) (01 on S04 rootstock)
The vineyard is located to the west of York Mountain AVA at 1,800 feet on
Santa Rosa Creek Road and, therefore, benefits from large amounts of rain
(over 60” in 2016/2017 with an average annual rainfall between 30 and 40
inches – therefore minimizing the need for irrigation).
Although above the fog line, nights are cool and the days warm and sunny,
achieving over 3,300 heat degree days each year, although temperatures
rarely fall below freezing and reach above 100 degrees. Wind is a constant
presence that minimizes the chance of mildew. The vineyard is carefully
monitored and managed by the owner and was converted to cane pruning
The topography is rocky and hilly with clay/loam/sandstone soil above a
deeper calcareous layer that produces water with a Ph of 7.2-7.4.
While the cooler climate extends the growing season and hang time, the
combination of soil and climate allows the Viognier to reach 24-26 Brix with
Ph of 3.5 at harvest in early-mid September, the Marsanne and Roussanne
both at 22-23 Brix and 3.6 Ph at harvest in mid-late September. These are
typical analyses for these varieties grown in cool climate conditions.
In the past the grapes have been sold to local Paso wineries including Grey
Wolf, Croad, Lone Madrone, Clavo Cellars, Optio, Turtle Rock and
Monochrome. In 2019, Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley bought the
Marsanne and Roussanne.
The Viognier has won several medals.
In 2013, Clavo Cellars won a silver medal at the San Francisco Chronicle
competition – see https://winejudging.
At the California Midstate County Fair, the Viognier has won awards in
several years in the home winemakers competition (for 2019 see https:
HOW TO PURCHASE THE GRAPES
2020 Viognier for sale, harvest of approx. 3 tons expected mid Sep. 2020,
at $2,000 per ton, hand harvested into my bins and delivered locally (Paso
Robles area), or $1,900 per ton loaded into your bins.
2020 Marsanne for sale, harvest of approx 1.5 tons expected 2nd half Sep.
2020, at $2,200 per ton, hand harvested into my bins and delivered locally
(Paso Robles area), or $2,100 per ton loaded into your bins.
2020 Roussanne for sale, harvest of approx 1.5 tons expected 2nd half
Sep. 2020, at $2,200 per ton, hand harvested into my bins and delivered
locally (Paso Robles area), or $2,100 per ton loaded into your bins.
ABOUT THE OLIVES AND THE OLIVE OIL
In addition to the vineyard, Windrock has about 110 olive trees, also
planted in 2001.
There is a mix of varieties, but all are French or Italian. Approximately half
the trees are Taggiasca from the Liguria region of Italy – the same variety
as “Calliette” or “Nicoise” olives from the South of France. They were the
first trees approved by the Federal Agricultural Department for planting in
the US. The remainder are a mix of Aglandau, Bouteillan, Frantoio, Leccino,
Pendolino and Picholine.
The crop is hand harvested and pressed within 3 hours of harvest.
In 2011 the oil was certified by the COOC as Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and has
won medals in the California Midstate County Fair. In 2019 the oil won a
silver medal in the Central Coast Olive Oil Competition. It is for sale at $20
per 375 ml bottle.
Contact Peter Allman-Ward at:
Tel: (213) 680 7743