A shared family passion and some wine business know-how are the keys to success at Calcareous Vineyard. The winery was established in 2000 by Lloyd Messer, whose hunt for ideal growing conditions for terroir-driven wines brought him to the coveted west side of Paso Robles
The new project coaxed his daughter, Dana, to join him, both selling their wine distribution companies in Iowa to dive into the world of wine production. And later, sister Erika joined forces to make Calcareous a true family affair. Eleven years later, the vineyard can boast countless awards and accolades, blessed by its high elevation, microclimate, and soil conditions.
The unique site of the 442 acres that is Calcareous Vineyard features dramatic topography, dry and chalky limestone soil, and—at 2,000 feet above Peachy Canyon Road—a mountaintop location that benefits from California’s coastal weather patterns. An extended growing season permits long grape ripening from the lengthy hot days and chilly nights, characteristic for this region and sought after by winemakers near and far. In fact, these very same growing conditions mirror the famous wine producing epicenters of France, and directly support the delicious blends of Rhône and Bordeaux varietals for which Calcareous is known.
To create excellent wine is not an easy feat, especially on vineyards of such steep terrain. The great amount of physical work and skill required shows dedication to the craft of winemaking and farming. Calcareous adheres to a practice of handharvesting and double-sorting the carefully selected grapes in the vineyard, resulting in wines of deep complexity and structure.
The stunning location adds another reason to visit. The glass-walled tasting room is perched at the very top-most precipice of the property, affording memorable views and vistas of Paso Robles’ expansive golden hillsides. Lunch is served on weekend afternoons to further enhance the views and the pleasing Calcareous portfolio.
WHAT TO BUY:
Lime, spring blossom, Asian pear, honeycomb, toasted almond $28
’07 Tres Violet
Dark red fruit, honey, strawberry, fig, plum, nutmeg $38
Earth, dark cherry, cassis, plum, cocoa $38
3430 Peachy Canyon Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Tasting Room Open Daily 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
SPECIAL NOTES: Gift shop, picnic grounds, scenic views, wine club events, weekend lunch.