Adelaida's wines begin at the roots, pushing through the rocky limestone soils on the west side of Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. The winery is located 7 miles west of town at an elevation of 1,900 feet in the Santa Lucia mountain chain.

John Munch originated the label in 1981. In 1990 he met Don and Elizabeth Van Steenwyk at a local wine tasting event. At the time the Van Steenwyks had a successful history of cultivating dry-farmed walnuts and almonds in the Paso Robles area, but had become interested in diversifying into wine grapes. John knew of their ranch and was immediately attracted to the idea of growing grapes on the Van Steenwyks' spectacular mountain property on Adelaida Road. A merger took place and life for the Van Steenwyks has never been the same.

The winery is a vineyard driven operation that considers itself a foremost proponent of the potential of west side Paso Robles. Adelaida's wild and rugged mountainside vineyards are loaded with limestone and calcareous shale. According to winemaker Terry Culton, "These characteristics cause the vines to strengthen. This results in added stress on the vines, which lowers the yields but produces more intensely flavored fruit." In keeping with the winery's sustainable philosophy, the vineyards are not tilled, encouraging native grasses, wild sage and rosemary to flourish between the rows.

Adelaida produces from its own Estate vineyards and a select group of contracted vineyards, on the west side of Paso Robles. Amongst its holdings are the two estate properties, Viking and HMR Vineyard. The mighty Viking Vineyard was planted in 1992 and is now producing great Cabernet Sauvignon. The historic HMR Vineyard was pioneered by Dr. Stanley Hoffman in the early 60's. Devoted care and substantial investment were necessary to return these 40 year old vineyards to their former glory, but the vision of the Van Steenwyk family and their crew has paid off.

Intense, high quality wines are convincing first-time tasters and experts alike.

Adelaida Cellars / 5805 Adelaida Road / Paso Robles, CA 93446 / Ph. 805-239-8980, 800-676-1232 / Fax 805-239-4671

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