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Villicana Winery is home to RE:FIND Distillery, Paso Robles' first craft distillery. We host educational tastings of both Villicana wines and RE:FIND Distillery spirits daily from 11-5. The Villicana's creativity has given birth to a new industry in Paso Robles, craft-distilling.

ABOUT VILLICANA WINERY
Villicana winery was created as the result of a culinary school pursuit. After college, Alex Villicana decided to pursue his love of food and wine and enrolled in a culinary program in Los Angeles. When the school failed to open, he turned his attention to winemaking and accepted a job working the 1990 grape harvest in Paso Robles. Captivated by this craft, and eager for more knowledge, Alex began taking viticulture and enology courses. He made his first commercial wine, a 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon, three years later.

In 1996, still enamored by the winemaking process, Alex and his wife Monica purchased 72 acres on the west side of Paso Robles, and with the collaboration of family and friends planted their 13 acre vineyard. Keeping their day jobs in Southern California, they commuted each weekend to Paso Robles to farm their vineyard. Eventually the trip would include a stop in Santa Maria where they made their small lot, craft wines at a cooperative crush facility.

By 2000, Alex & Monica were ready to break ground on their own winery in the Adelaida Hills. Two years later, the years of commuting and working two jobs finally paid off when the couple moved their young family to Paso Robles to work the winery and vineyard full-time. Since April 2002 Alex and Monica have placed their sole focus on this venture, and most often work the tasting bar in their quaint tasting room.

It took a lot of mileage on their car, and a big leap of faith to pursue this lofty dream. Now 23 years later, their award-winning wines and friendly spirit are not only a testament to their labor of love; they are another example of what makes the Paso Robles wine region so unique.

* Fewer than 2,000 cases produced
* 90% of the wines are crafted from Estate fruit
* Exclusive distribution
* Named Best in Show at San Francisco Intl. Wine Competition
* Awarded Double-Gold at S.F. Intl. Wine Competition
* Recommended by Saveur Magazine
* Featured in L.A. Times Magazine

ABOUT RE:FIND DISTILLERY -
A TRULY CALIFORNIA CRAFT DISTILLERY
As of 2011, the Villicana launched Paso Robles' first craft distillery: RE:FIND Distillery. The name tells their story about this venture. They have found a new use of saignée, the juice removed to improve wine quality before fermentation, and are refining it into top-shelf spirits. RE:FIND Distillery has opened the doors and started a entirely new industry in Paso Robles - the Craft Distilling industry.

We craft: vodka, gin, flavored vodkas, rye whiskey, bourbon, grappa, and vermouth. Quantities are limited so what we taste in the tasting room depends on when you visit.

We ferment, distill, and bottle 100% of our spirits at our winery/distillery on Adelaida Road on the westside of Paso Robles. The base material for all of our clear spirits are derived from premium Paso Robles red wine grapes and is gluten-free. All flavorings we use are 100% natural and come from local farms.

 

Learn more about our vineyards

Website
villicanawinery.com

Address
2725 Adelaida Road
Paso Robles, 93446

Phone
805.239.9456

  

Fax
805.239.0115

E-mail
monica@villicanawinery.com

Hours
Open Daily - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tasting Fee
$10/pp

Holiday Hours
Jan 18: Closed
Mar 27: Closed
May 30: Closed
Jul 4: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sep 5: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nov 24: Closed
Dec 24: Closed
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 31: Closed
Jan 1: Closed

Established
1993

Wines Produced
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grenache
GSM Rosé
Merlot
Mourvèdre
Red Blend
Red Rhône-Style Blend
Syrah
Zinfandel
Rosé
Bordeaux-Style Blend
Grenache Blanc
Viognier
White Blend

Amenities
Picnic Area
Tasting Room
Winery Tours