Grapes were first planted in Paso Robles in the 70s. The order of the day was Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They did fairly well as long as they were planted West of the Pacific Coast Highway. Vineyards that were planted on the eastside got more heat, thus problems arose. But that didn't mean all areas east of Pacific Coast Highway were the same, nor did it exclude planting grapes that enjoyed a warmer climate.
Our PDQ selection was crafted by Rancho Tierra Rejada, Spanish for "land of worked earth." Visionary Herman Schwartz purchased the property in 1973 and planted 520 acres to grapevines. Schwartz was an innovative grower with a keen interest in sustaining the environment and promoting Paso Robles as a high-quality wine grape growing region. He embraced sustainable farming techniques and was one of the first to do so.
Herman knew agriculture, but growing grapes was a very different story. He hired the best minds in the business to tell him what varieties to plant and where for optimum results.
Our selection is nothing less than perfection in Chardonnay. The grapes were grown on the cooler slopes, which is apparent from the fresh apple and pear flavors through to the clean, crisp and exotically citrusy finish.