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August Ridge Vineyards » Profile


The August Ridge mission is to produce wines that combine the robust styling of the best California wines with the restrained elegance of classic wines from northern and central Italy. August Ridge is located at 8790 Highway 41, less than 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles. We are open for tasting Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment. Please visit our web site at, call us at 805.239.2455 or send a note to for details on visiting and Wine Club membership.

August Ridge was established in the spring of 2001 with the purchase of 40 acres of rolling hills in the Creston area of the Paso Robles AVA by John and Jill Backer. From the beginning their goal was to produce unique and approachable Cal-Ital wines. Their passion for the project comes from a love of cooking, eating and sharing meals with friends which leads directly to August Ridge wine style.

August Ridge released their first wines from the 2005 vintage in the summer of 2007. The first releases included Sangiovese, Merlot and an Arneis blend. Our selection includes Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Primitivo, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Two "Super" style reserve blends Jovial and Ingenious were released in 2009 to round out the offering.

Estate wines provide the winemaker with control from the vineyard to the bottle so they are the key to achieving the August Ridge goals of power and finesse. August Ridge has vineyards of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These wines are crafted by hand using small open top fermenters, a mixture of new French and American and neutral oak barrels and a minimum of handling or disruption. Each wine is deliberately hand-made in small lots to bring out the uniqueness of the vineyard micro-climates and diverse soil structures. As romantic (and labor intensive) as this may seem, John also maintains a full laboratory to take advantage of the latest developments in enology to ensure that August Ridge wines achieve quality by design not by accident.

The winery itself is a small, unassuming building that sits adjacent to the family home.Its functional simplicity matches the surrounding farm and is an appropriate setting to produce the robust and elegant wines that express the August Ridge terroir. Inside, the tasting area is just a small bar tucked away in one corner of the working winery and affords the visitor a clear perspective of the winemaking in progress. The farm and winery are such a natural extension of the family that daughter Isabella and cats Mickey and Alice and dog Lucy are as likely to greet guests as are John and Jill.

Production at the August Ridge winery is small. Current production is approximately 2000 cases and we are growing. Given the small production size and planned slow growth only the Wine Club members will be assured of access to all of the wines - particularly the reserve blends. The club has some room to grow but size will be limited to ensure wine availability.

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8790 E. Highway 41
Creston, 93432





Thursday thru Monday 11 am-5 pm

Tasting Fee

Holiday Hours
Nov 24: Closed
Dec 24: Closed
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 31: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Jan 1: Closed


Wines Produced
Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Blend
Pinot Grigio
Red Tuscan-Style Blend

Gift Shop
Pet Friendly
Picnic Area
Special Event Facilities
Tasting Room
Winery Tours