The Live Oak Vineyard, Willow Creek District
Erich first started planting grapes in Paso Robles in 1996 after becoming enamored by the ideal grape growing climate and soils west of highway 101 in the Templeton Gap. This steep, hilly region with limestone soil and a maritime cooling influence keep it 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the town of Paso Robles to the east. To date, we own over 150 acres of planted vineyard on the West side of Paso Robles located in 3 of Paso Robles' 11 Viticulture districts. The climate on the west side is very extreme. It is common during the growing season for the temperature on the west side to drop from 90 degrees at 3 pm, to 65 degrees by 6 pm, and then to 40 degrees at night. Erich planted his vineyards precisely throughout the Paso Robles appellation to take advantage of the unique microclimates that would best suit each grape varietal. All three of our vineyards are located on the west side of Highway 101. We believe this area of limited water, shallow, rugged, rocky, calcareous soil produce some of the finest wines in Paso Robles, and among the finest in California.
We grow numerous grape varietals on our vineyards including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Roussanne to name a few. Some of our favorite grapes grown on our vineyards in Paso Robles are native to the Rhône region of France. We love working with some of the more popular Rhône varietals such as Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Grenache, and experimenting with many different blends as well as pure varietal bottlings surrounding them.