Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards » Profile
As a champion of the central coast winegrowing region for over 25 years, Wild Horse is known for producing a diverse selection of interesting, complex and extraordinary wines most notably our flagship - Pinot Noir. When you visit the winery you will be able to sample wines available only in the tasting room including the "Unbridled" labeled reserve wines and an array of Heirloom varietals. Open daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1437 Wild Horse Winery Court, Templeton, CA 93465. 805.788.6310. www.wildhorsewinery.com
As a champion of the Central Coast winegrowing region, Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards feels a responsibility to consistently exceed expectations by producing a diverse selection of interesting, complex and extraordinary varietals. The winery strives to be an exemplary model for the wine industry through its commitment to quality winemaking, innovative winegrowing techniques and responsible business practices.
Heirloom Varietals and a Passion for Winegrowing Perfection.
The philosophy of Wild Horse is that the most interesting wines are the result of working with a diverse variety of outstanding vineyards. With this in mind, the winery sources fruit from more than 40 vineyards within the Central Coast appellation.
Wild Horse cultivates a diverse array of heirloom varieties, many of which were once widely grown in California but have been nearly eclipsed by a few popular varieties. These rare grapes include Malvasia Bianca, Verdelho and Blaufrankisch. Believing that great wines are made in the vineyard, Wild Horse works closely with its growers' vineyard properties. Our grower relations staff monitors viticulture operations and correlates cellar objectives with proactive farming activities to elevate wine quality. In addition to our own staff, Wild Horse works with highly respected consulting viticulturists, plant physiologists and analytical laboratories to ensure superior wine quality.
Brief History of Wild Horse
Wild Horse Winery was founded by pioneering winemaker Ken Volk in 1982, who selected the Templeton vineyard and winery location for its low vigor soils, proven groundwater table, proximity to Estero Bay and rural atmosphere. Situated at the midpoint in the Central Coast, this location would later prove to be ideal for sourcing fruit from vineyards north and south of the winery.
The first crush began in 1983 with fruit from vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Wild Horse's first release included a 1983 Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley) and a 1983 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast). Even then, the synergism of blending grapes from the great vineyards of the Central Coast was readily apparent.
The Road to Wild Horse
Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards is located on a river mesa above the Salinas River near Templeton, Calif., in northern San Luis Obispo County, within the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. The historic western town of Templeton is the halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along Highway 101.
The Wild Horse Stable of Wines
Nationally Distributed Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier.
Cheval Sauvage: Cheval Sauvage (French for "wild horse") is the crown jewel of our wine program: highly limited quantities of Pinot Noir wines of exceptional complexity and depth, and blended from noted vineyards of Santa Maria Valley and Santa Rita Hills. Unbridled: Vineyard-designate wines made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. Tasting Room Only.
Other Varietals Produced in Limited Quantities/Distribution:
Grenache Blan, Blaufrankisch, Zinfandel, Syrah, Malvasia Bianca, Negrette, Verdelho.
Director of Winemaking/General Manager: Clay Brock
Vineyard Manager: Emerson Philpot
Grower Relations Area Director: Matthew Heil
Winemaker: Chrissy Wittmann
Tasting Room Manager: Leslie Churchill, 805.788.6315
1437 Wild Horse Winery Court
Daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.