Painted Van comes to us from winery owners Walter and Sylvia Filippini. Sylvia's parents purchased this land in Paso Robles in the early '60s, and on it they cultivated agricultural crops, hay and cattle, as they had in their native Italy.
It was the next generation, in the 1980s, that began experimenting with growing Italian and French grape varietals here. And, as it turns out, they got rather good at it. There was no winery. They just grew grapes and sold them to other wineries. And as they saw the wines made from their grapes receive accolades in the press, they realized it was time to branch off on to their own.
At that time, Paso Robles was just getting started as a wine area. 1982's Paso Robles Wine Festival hosted a modest 17 wineries. My, how times have changed! Today, there are over 300 wineries here, making some of the most sought-after wines in the state. In fact, all you have to do is look at the increase in Paso Robles wines that we've featured in the Club in the last 30 years. That's no coincidence.
Our selection is a perfect amalgam of Chardonnay and Viognier. We've featured many wines with these two grapes as the sole varietal, but this is the first as a blend. It is nothing short of amazing. The two grapes pair so well together, we can't understand why it hasn't been done before. The Chardonnay contributes the lushness, the Viognier the sensual fruit. Together they present a match made in heaven, but one you can experience in your glass.