Bringing the Rhône to Paso Robles
Tablas Creek is a pioneer of California's Rhone movement. Founded in 1989, it is the culmination of a friendship between two of the international wine community's leading families dating back to 1967: the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. After a four-year search, the partners chose Paso Robles, California, for its many similarities to the southern Rhone, and began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from scratch.
Vineyard & Winemaking
Tablas Creek's certified organic estate vineyards are largely dry-farmed, limiting yields and emphasizing character of place, while Biodynamic practices in place since 2010 - including a mobile herd of sheep, alpacas and guard donkeys - control weeds, fertilize and build healthy soils.
Winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and the use of large, neutral French oak barrels, preserves the wines' connection to the land and vintage which produced them.
We balance the traditions we inherit from the Rhone Valley with what we have learned from three decades in Paso Robles. The 15-20 wines we make each year include:
Esprit de Tablas red (based on Mourvèdre) and white (based on Roussanne) are the winery’s flagship Rhône-style blends: rich, balanced and ageworthy.
Côtes de Tablas red (based on Grenache) and white (based on Viognier) wines are blended to be lushly fruity and appealing.
Patelin de Tablas red, white and rosé wines incorporate fruit from top Paso Robles Rhône-style vineyards and offer classic Rhone flavors at exceptional value.
Limited Release and Varietal Wines, unique to each vintage, include many wines available only winery-direct.
In Our Community
Tablas Creek is proud of its participation in the life of the Paso Robles Community and beyond. Major organizations that we support include: must! Charities, Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, Paderewski Festival of Paso Robles, Festival Mozaic, Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, Woods Humane Society, Templeton and Paso Robles youth sports, and more. Our community work was recognized in 2016 with the Community Award from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Meet the people of Tablas Creek Vineyard.