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About Us

Discover Old World Charm in a Modern Winemaking Love Affair.

The Founders’ Story

In 2001, Blair and Simone—the owners of Vino Al Lago Wines—became enchanted with a magical property in Santa Rosa Valley, California, about half way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The scenic views whispered to their spirits and hearts, while the moderate climate and rich soil shouted with the potential for magnificent wines.

Blair and Simone built a barn and planted a 100-tree avocado orchard as well as multiple varieties of fruit trees. They studied the soil and determined the right nutrients, fertilizers, and pruning techniques to produce the best fruit, herbs, and vegetables in the area. In 2008, after many trips to Napa, Sonoma, and Europe, they planted a vineyard to bridge their European heritage with the new world of winemaking, to create remarkable wines with unique character and flavor.

From Great Earth to Wonderful Wines

After copious research and experimentation, Blair and Simone chose specific varietals that would grow nicely in the Santa Rosa Valley terroir. They planted sangiovese and carmenere, as well as three clones of pinot noir grapes and a special clone of syrah, called syrah noir.

The winemaking that ensued greatly benefited from the property’s unique soil, which is rich with limestone. Limestone enriches the earth in some of the world’s most famous wine regions, including Champagne, Burgundy, Chablis, the Loire and southern Rhone valleys, Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, and more locally, Paso Robles.

From Our Family to Yours

We are a family-owned winery that hand prunes and picks every grape. We pay meticulous attention to every detail, and blend old world charm and elegance with the advanced techniques of new world wine production. We are committed to excellence and remain in love with the entire process.

And we hope that our wines provide a lifetime of memorable experiences for people across the globe, from the old world to the new.


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