“Annual Holiday Wine Tasting”
Wolff Winery event – 2004
6238 Orcutt Road
San Luis Obispo, California
1:00 pm Saturday, November 20, 2004
Wolff Vineyards Winery is located on 125 acres of ecologically friendly property just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo. The vineyard was planted almost 30 years ago by one of the Edna Valley’s winegrowing pioneers, Andy MacGregor. World-class awards were earned by wineries that used MacGregor Vineyard Chardonnay grapes (such as Mount Eden). The new owners, Jean-Pierre and Elke Wolff, renamed the vineyard in 1999 when they expanded the vineyard and added their artisan winery.
The vineyard includes 55 acres of Chardonnay and 37 acres of Pinot Noir grapes. Twelve additional acres are planted in Teroldego, Syrah and Petit Syrah. Some of the Chardonnay vines are almost 30 years old, giving the wine a site-specific “terroir” characteristic. Recently planted Pinot Noir utilized five newly released Dijon clones grafted on two different root stocks best suited to our specific soil conditions, sun and wind exposure. These clones are sometimes referred to as the new “sexy” clones, which have produced some outstanding Pinot Noir wines in California and Oregon. The winery’s own very-limited production is handcrafted using traditional Burgundian wine-making methods. French new oak, barrel fermentation, sur lie and batonnage are a few of the techniques applied to these wines.
Owner and Wine Maker Jean-Pierre Wolff will be on hand to discuss his philosophy of ecologically friendly agriculture including Wolff Vineyards’ use of sustainable winegrowing practices as well as their wildlife habitat conservation and restoration efforts. More information on Wolff Vineyards and their wines can be found at www.wolffvineyards.com.
Food was served including an assortment of gourmet cheeses and soup.