San Marcos Creek Vineyard » Profile
"Where fine wine begins at the vine..." Visit our beautiful Country French tasting room and enjoy our award-winning wines while you picnic on the scenic terrace overlooking our vineyards. Specializing in small lots of finely crafted, single vineyard, estate-grown and produced varietals, we are also family-owned and operated. Tasting room open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located directly on historic Hwy. 101, just six miles north of Hwy. 46 East. 7750 North Highway. 101, Paso Robles, CA 93446. 805.467.9260 or 866.PASO.WINE. www.sanmarcoscreek.com
In the early 1990s, the Traylors began looking for a way to retire to the scenic Central Coast, not a lazy retirement, but something that would get them involved with the community and provide some fun and excitement. They decided to take advantage of the area's increasing, but still fledgling, reputation for quality winegrapes, and planted 40 acres on property they had purchased just north of Paso Robles.
San Marcos Creek Vineyard was established in 1992, and successfully developed contracts with several local premium wineries such as Peachy Canyon Winery, Meridian Vineyards, and Castoro Cellars. However, as the Traylors became more involved with the Paso Robles wine industry, their plan for a quiet retirement of growing winegrapes gradually evolved into plans for a winery, a tasting room, and a bed and breakfast!
As curious passersby watched, a striking set of buildings gradually began to take shape alongside Highway 101 - what would prove to be the future home of San Marcos Creek Vineyard. As people who know him will attest, Fling Traylor doesn't do things halfway. He believes that "a solid work ethic and sweat equity can make a great deal of luck and magic happen," so it should come as no surprise that the San Marcos Creek Vineyard facilities are top notch from the ground up, featuring state-of-the-art processing and a fully equipped laboratory.
The San Marcos Creek Vineyard label was established in July 2003 with its first bottling, though many of the wines had been barrel aged for many months prior to that. In fact, some of the wines are aged up to three years in French and American oak barrels to ensure the proper flavor and structure development. The tasting room quietly opened in the Spring of 2004, announced only by a simple "Open" sign put out near the driveway.
With the expansion of their "retirement" dream, Fling and Annette were also able to realize another dream, that of developing a family business. To that end, daughter Catherine Winter and her husband Brady Winter came on board, and are now full partners in San Marcos Creek Vineyard. Brady heads up the winemaking aspect of the label, while Catherine manages the tasting room and the books.
The San Marcos Creek Vineyard lineup draws from many regions. Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Italy, and - of course - California are all represented in the list of current releases, which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Nebbiolo, Chardonnay, White Merlot, Late Harvest Zinfandel, along with several Proprietary Blends. All of the wines exhibit classic varietal characteristics underlined with the bold fruit and elegant balance for which Paso Robles' wines are known.
The Traylors and Winters welcome you to experience San Marcos Creek Vineyard wines at their inviting tasting room - the only one in Paso Robles located directly on Highway 101. They expect the elegant bed and breakfast to be completed in the near future, adding yet another chapter to the San Marcos Creek Vineyard adventure.
7750 North Highway 101
Paso Robles, 93446
Open Daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$5/pp - Waived with wine purchase
Vineyard 1992; Label 2002
Red Meritage Blend
Late Harvest Zinfandel