Ecluse Wines » Profile
Ecluse Wines may not be familiar to people yet BUT stand by! As the home of the S.F. Chronicle's Sweepstakes winning wine we produce our wonderful limited production, handcrafted, award-winning wines. Ecluse is the small, family owned boutique winery of our own Lock Vineyards where we were already well known for producing some of Paso Robles most sought after grapes and now fabulous wines!
A question almost always asked of us is about our name Ecluse. The explanation is simple - Ecluse is French for the locks on the canals that gently carve their way through the remarkable French wine country - since our last name is Lock the name Ecluse for our wines was born!
Our adventure as a small boutique winery and vineyard began in 1997 when we purchased 30 beautiful acres of gently rolling hillside terrain on the desired Westside of the Paso Robles AVA. Our philosophy from the beginning is that great fruit makes great wine.
We were excited at the prospect of planting a vineyard that could take advantage of our special location, microclimate and exposure to the northeast, the southeast and south. Because the soils in our vineyard are quite varied ranging from calcareous limestone on the hill tops to areas with clay and loam near the bottoms of the gentle hills we were able to take advantage of the subtleties of the soils by choosing the optimum varietals to plant. Thus Lock Vineyard came to life in 1998 with the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel. In the past year we have decided to add blending varietals to the vineyard. We are planting very small blocks (1/2 acre to 1 acre) of Mourvedre, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Rousanne, Malbec, and Cinsault to increase our blending options.
Our first harvest was in 2000 and we found we truly were producing extraordinary grapes for our winery customers. Starting out as growers gave us special insight that truly remarkable wine definitely begins in the vineyard. After Steve won several Gold Medals for our homemade wines and accolades from friends and family we decided to take the "plunge" and produce a limited bottling of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon under the Ecluse label to "test the waters." It seemed a natural progression for Steve to go from grower to winemaker.
Knowing the best wines begin in the vineyard Steve spends a great deal of time there every year. We use sustained viticultural practices which involve water conservation, use of natural predators for pest control and efforts to minimize the use of any herbicides and pesticides. We plant cover crops in the vine aisles to promote the development of friendly insects. During the course of a full growing season we are able to pay individual attention to the nearly 25,000 vines that make up Lock Vineyard. The vines are pampered and stressed when necessary to produce the highest quality of fruit possible given the nature of the terrain and microclimate we are lucky enough to have.
Over the course of several years Steve has had the opportunity to interact with winemakers such as Matt Trevisan (Linne Calodo Cellars), Mike Mooney (Chateau Margene) and consulting winemaker Scott Hawley so when the decision was made to expand the Lock Vineyard operation to include winemaking the knowledge had been laid and the friends became consultants.
When the grapes have reached their peak of flavors they are carefully hand harvested and the winemaking process begins! Steve handles and oversees all the winemaking duties along with overseeing all aspects of the vineyard.
Having our own small winery on site gives us the added benefit of picking and crushing small lots throughout the vineyard so that the fruit is at it's peak. Having the control from the vineyard to the bottle insures that Ecluse will remain the truly remarkable wine that it is today!
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We invite you join us to "Savor the Wine that is truly Ecluse"!
Steve and Pam Lock
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We are a small, boutique family owned winery therefore a reservation is required for groups of 7-10 and must be made in advance. We are unable to accommodate groups larger than 10. To schedule a tasting reservation, please call 805-238-4999. We look forward to hearing from you!
1520 Kiler Canyon Road
Paso Robles, 93446
Staffed for Tasting Friday - Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Red Rhône-Style Blend
White Rhône-Style Blend