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The Filippini family history in the Paso Robles area began in the early 1960’s when winery owner, Sylvia Filippini’s, family purchased the property where Le Vigne winery now stands. Hay and cattle were the main commodities until 1982, when the first grapevines were planted. That time was the catalyst for what evolved into the current Paso Robles wine region. Early on, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were planted to supplement the growing demand of other wine growing regions like Napa and Sonoma. As the vines matured, growers and winemakers began to see real potential for the area with its unique soils, climate and costal influence.

The grapes grown on the estate were highly regarded by local producers and always in demand. Recognizing the quality, the family began making wine with grapes from the property beginning in 1989. Then they built a state of the art winery in 1995 and developed additional vineyards in 1998. They expanded the wineries varieties to include: Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc in addition to the original plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Additionally small blocks of Grenache, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Tannat were planted.

 









THE OWNERS - WALTER & SYLVIA FILIPPINI

Le Vigne Winery is the culmination of a love of food, wine and family shared by owners Walter and Sylvia Filippini.

Walter Filippini spent his younger years at his parent’s home in the lakeside town of Como, Italy and spent many summers working with his grandparents on their vineyard in the agriculturally rich region of Valtellina.

As Walter grew, he developed a passion for cooking and the kitchen – an important facet of Italian life.

By the age of 15, Walter entered the Culinary Institute in San Pellegrino, Italy. During the summers he worked at the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Venice and the Grande Albergo Villa d’Este in Como.

He specialized in “Gastronomia,” the artful presentation of cold food dishes. Walter is very talented in this field, and won Italy’s National Chef’s competition for a delectable display of pheasant pate in 1981.

 









OUR TEAM

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Le Vigne is known not only for our wines & cheese but for our warm family welcome.

Our Team is committed to making your visit or special event an unforgettable one. From our Winemaker, Michael Barreto, to our knowledgable and enthusiastic tasting room attendants, we look forward to making your visit to Le Vigne Winery a special one.

 









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OUR VINEYARDS & RANCH

LE VIGNE DI DOMENICO

88.60 acres under vine
Planted in 1981
Predominantly East to West
Predominantly 10 x 6 row planting
Drip Irrigation
Clay Loam Soil
Undulating Terrain
Hand and Machine Harvested 

 
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DOMENICO ESTATE VINEYARD

The Domenico Estate Vineyard is comprised of nearly 120 acres planted in five blocks, situated around the winery to the north, west and south. The otherwise flat basin of the Salinas valley is crossed by meandering dry river beds with sandy loam soil deposited be the course of the Estrella River. The cool, damp air off the Pacific Ocean that rushes through the Templeton Gap dissipates just as it approaches the broadly rolling plains at the western border of the Estrella district, resulting in rainfall at the low end of the range for Paso Robles. The open exposure as the sun tracks wide over the valley creates a vast diurnal swing in temperature—up to 50 degrees during the growing season. Our moderate winters and rainless, though often foggy, summers are features of a Mediterranean climate shared by wine regions of Southern Italy, Greece, and the Southern Rhone Valley.

 
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ACQUARELLO VINEYARD

The Acquarello Vineyard is northeast of the winery, just below the coastal range footlands. Acquarello translates from Italian to “watercolor”, named for the influence of the river across the landscape as it paints itself into the terrain. With 33 acres planted, this vineyard is home to our youngest plantings of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sangiovese and petit verdot. Located on the south bank of the Estrella river, vines are treated to a northward slope and morning sun with cool air temperatures for most of the year. The cold air rolling down the sides of the valley settles in low spots such as this, bringing a risk for frost damage in the spring. As the growing season progresses, the intense sunlight warms the vines rapidly and brings the fruit to maturity well before cool weather returns to the vineyard.

 
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RANCHITA VISTA VINEYARD

Ranchita Vista is located in the hills beyond San Miguel, facing into Ranchita Canyon at a slight northwestern tilt. The site’s terrain and altitude allow a great deal of sun exposure with cooler temperatures and excellent drainage. The calcareous soil type caches heat for the vines during the growing season and contributes to a clean minerality of the wines from this vineyard.

 
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VARIETALS GROWN

Cabernet Franc 5.5 Acres

Cabernet Franc 5.5 Acres

A red Bordeaux varietal from France. Cabernet Franc vines bear thinner-skinned, earlier-ripening grapes with lower overall acidity, when compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Typical flavors of raspberry, cherry, plum, strawberry, violet, freshly raked autumn leaves, bell pepper. It is often blended in to Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot.
Cabernet Sauvignon 14 Acres

Cabernet Sauvignon 14 Acres

A dark thick-skinned tannic red wine grape from the Bordeaux region of France. One of the world’s most widely planted red wine grapes. It is a cross between Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon Blanc.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most planted grape in the world, following Merlot, but easily the most recognizable and best known. Its notoriety comes from not just the distinctive fruit flavor and prominent phenolic structure, but also from its expressiveness of vintage and terroir-influenced characteristics.
Chardonnay 9.5 Acres

Chardonnay 9.5 Acres

Chardonnay originates from the Burgundy region of France and today is one of the world’s most planted white wine grapes.   Chardonnay styles can range from light and crisp to buttery and creamy, depending on the climate, the type of fermentation vessel, whether oak or stainless steel, and whether it underwent malolactic fermentation.  Typical flavors are apple, pear, peach, apricot, butter, cream, kiwi & lemon.
Corvina 0.3 Acres

Corvina 0.3 Acres

A thick-skinned varietal found in the Veneto of northern Italy. A key ingredient of the light red wines known as Volpolicella and Bardolino. These wines tend to be light and fragrant with notes of cherries, strawberries and nuts. More serious expressions of Corvina are made by drying the grapes on straw mats prior to fermentation, a process known as Recioto or Ripasso. The best of these are the great Amarones, a wine of considerable character, complexity and power.
Grenache 2 Acres

Grenache 2 Acres

Grenache is a ubiquitous varietal with long histories in many of the world’s winegrowing regions, most famously France’s Rhône region. The stony vineyards of the Southern Rhône are subject to the warming from the Mediterranean Sea and chill winds accelerating down the valley from the north. Paso Robles has grown a devoted following for Rhône varietals; with a latitude 10° nearer the equator, we enjoy a bit more sun and heat, and a cooling marine influence reaching through the Templeton gap creates a similar pattern of climatic variance.
Malbec 2.5 Acres

Malbec 2.5 Acres

The origin of Malbec is as one of the traditional Bordeaux grapes, but is increasingly recognized as a varietal in new-world wine regions. The purple, thinner-skinned fruit is identifiable by its crimson rachis (the stem within the cluster) and typically ripens between merlot and cabernet sauvignon in sequence. It is Argentina’s most planted varietal, producing wines that have generated fame for the region and earned new respect and interest for the varietal.
Merlot 20.5 Acres

Merlot 20.5 Acres

Merlot is the most widely planted red grape variety in Bordeaux.  Historically used as a blending grape, it became popular as a varietal in the late 1970s.  Typical flavors of chocolate, currant, black cherry, plum, green pepper, bell pepper, green olives, & truffles.
Petite Sirah 5.75 Acres

Petite Sirah 5.75 Acres

Petite Sirah is a star varietal in Paso Robles, baking the tannins in the heat of the day and caching the acidity during cool, crisp evenings. While it originates from the southeast of France, it was considered unsuitable for Rhone winemaking. Cultivation in drier, warmer regions has revealed its potential, lending inky purple pigment and emboldening lighter bodied wines in blending. The emergence of a uniquely Californian style has resulted in tremendous popularity, spotlighting richly tannic, balanced wines with flavors of spicy plum and grilled meat.
Petit Verdot 1.1 Acres

Petit Verdot 1.1 Acres

Petit Verdot, the latest-ripening of Bordeaux varietals, grows in long, dense clusters of small, tannic berries, inky purple with high levels of anthocyanin pigment. Verdot, translating to “green one”, reflects its sensitivity to vintage conditions, vulnerable in cooler conditions to favor leaf growth over fruit and remain underripe. New World growers take advantage of longer days and growing seasons to coax this stubborn grape to ripeness, creating bold and intriguing varietal wines.
Sangiovese 2 Acres

Sangiovese 2 Acres

The most planted red varietal in Italy, Sangiovese is characterized by large, thin-skinned berries, slow ripening and heavy yields. Only in the last century has it gained recognition beyond its use in mass-market Chianti wine, primarily as California’s relatively recent plantings have moved away from yield-driven selection to the propagation of superior clones. The best practices seek to enhance the complexity of its naturally bold structure to produce rich and long-lived wines.  
Sauvignon Blanc 3 Acres

Sauvignon Blanc 3 Acres

A white wine variety grown in both Bordeaux & the Loire in France, it is also the varietal associated with New Zealand.  With cabernet franc, sauvignon blanc is a parent of the famed cabernet sauvignon.  Depending on the climate and certain winemaking decisions, the flavors of sauvignon blanc can vary from tropical pineapple and lychee, to rather floral with aromas of white fruit, to grassy gooseberry and grapefruit.  It typically pairs beautifully with seafood, especially oysters, and soft young cheeses such as chevre.
Syrah 2.5 Acres

Syrah 2.5 Acres

A red Rhône grape varietal. Also known as Shiraz in the southern hemisphere.  First planted in California in the1970’s(Gary Eberle in Paso Robles was one of the first.) It is very popular in Australia & South Africa. Typical flavors of musk, black currant, blackberry, black pepper, licorice, thyme, cigar, cedar, earth, and leather.
Tannat 2 Acres

Tannat 2 Acres

A deep red wine grape from the Madiran region in southwestern France.  Now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay.  Tannat is characterized by its firm, tannic structure with raspberry aromas and the ability to age well. They often have a deep dark color with high level of alcohol.
Viognier 1 Acre

Viognier 1 Acre

A classic varietal from the northern areas of the Rhône valley of southwestern France. Viognier has a thick skin with a heavy yellow pigment, and the wines it produces have a rich golden color even when young. Viognier is noted for making wine with a very perfumed aroma that can be compared to honey, roasted pineapple, peach syrup, flowers or even fennel.
Zinfandel 7 Acres

Zinfandel 7 Acres

Considered America’s heritage grape, it is a twin for Primitivo in Italy and is believed to originate from & Crjenak in the Czech Republic. White Zinfandel (a sweet rose’ made from Zinfandel) is the reason why most “old vine” Zinfandel still exists in California. Typical flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, cranberry, raspberry, licorice, cinnamon, & black pepper.









 

OTHER PLANTINGS

5 ACRES OF ARBEQUINA OLIVE TREES

The Arbequina Olive Tree, which has a weeping-form, and green leaves with a dark appearance, originated in northeast Spain.It features black fruit, which will ripen in Mid-Fall. It resists frost and climate change well, and will produce excellent tasting olives.The fruit is highly aromatic, small, symmetrical and dark brown, with a rounded apex and a broad peduncular cavity. It is small in size and resistant to frost and adapts to a large variety of climates. It is widely sought after for its unique grassy olive oil.

 

12 PISTACHIO TREES

Originally from Iran, the California pistachio industry did not harvest its first commercial crop until 1976. That year, only 1.5 million pounds were produced from 4,350 acres. Almost 30 years later, California has plantings in excess of 150,000 acres with production yielding more than 400 million pounds. California is the second largest producer of pistachios in the world. One of the lowest fat and calorie nuts. The highest in antioxidant, phytosterol, & fiber. The most nutrient dense nut.

 

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