Our Story

Bringing the Rhône to Paso Robles

Tablas Creek VineyardTablas Creek Vineyard is the result of a decades-long friendship between the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands. The families created a partnership in 1985 and in 1989 purchased a 120-acre property in the hilly Las Tablas district of west Paso Robles for its similarities to Châteauneuf du Pape: limestone soils, a favorable climate, and rugged terrain.

The partners imported the traditional varietals grown on the Perrins’ celebrated estate, including Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Counoise for reds, and Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc for whites. These imported vines passed a rigorous 3-year USDA testing program, were propagated and grafted in our on-site nursery, and used to plant our organic estate vineyard. More history »

Vineyard & Winemaking

Our mixed herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys help eat down our cover crops and fertilize naturallyTablas Creek’s wine production is centered around our limestone-rich 120-acre organic estate vineyard. The warm days and cool nights allow our vines to gracefully ripen the Rhône varietals we grow. Our vineyard practices emphasize dry farming and seek to maximize the expression of our terroir. We farm organically, and received our organic certification in January 2003. More recently, we have converted much of the vineyard to use Biodynamic techniques, including our dedicated herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys who eat down our winter cover crop, fertilize the vineyard with their manure and mix it into the soil with their hooves.

At harvest, each vineyard block is hand-harvested selectively, and we typically make 2-4 passes through each vineyard block, picking only the clusters that are ripe and leaving the others to mature.

We follow the centuries-old Châteauneuf du Pape tradition of blending chosen varietals, which produces wines that we feel are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single varietal wines. Each varietal is hand-harvested when completely ripe and fermented separately. Our winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and the extensive use of large, neutral French oak barrels, preserves the wines' ties to their soil, climate, and varietal character. More about vineyard & winemaking »

Wines: The Spirit of Beaucastel

Harvested Syrah and Roussanne grapesOur signature red and white Rhône blends are named Esprit de Tablas (formerly Esprit de Beaucastel) and consciously modeled after the Chateau de Beaucastel wines from Chateauneuf du Pape.  Like their Beaucastel counterparts, the Esprit red is based on Mourvèdre, and the Esprit Blanc based on Roussanne. These wines are rich, balanced, and ageable, and should reward time in bottle to mature.

Our Cotes de Tablas wines are selections from our estate fruit, blended to be lushly fruity and appealing, approachable sooner than our Esprit wines. The Côtes de Tablas is based on Grenache, and the Côtes de Tablas Blanc on Viognier.

Beginning in 2010, we launched our Patelin de Tablas line.  These wines include fruit from some of Paso Robles’ top Rhône vineyards in addition to Tablas Creek, and are blended to be bright, fresh and clean, and to offer exceptional value. The Patelin de Tablas Blanc is based on Grenache Blanc, the Patelin de Tablas on Syrah, and the Patelin de Tablas Rosé on Grenache.

In addition to our red and white Rhône blends, we produce a dry rosé, small quantities of varietal wines, as well as small-production blends and dessert wines. More about our wines »

Our Team

From our cellar and vineyard crew through our wine club, tasting room and office staff, we believe we have the best team in California. Meet the people of Tablas Creek Vineyard »

Events

En Gobelet Vertical Tasting and Dry Farming Exploration

Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at events@tablascreek.com or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30.  Details & More Events »


Tablas Creek News

MA Shipping Permit Received!

We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members.  More shipping news »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

A Vertical Tasting of En Gobelet, 2007-2013

May 21, 2015
When we first made En Gobelet in 2007, it was driven by our feeling that the dry-farmed lots we tasted in our annual blind tastings shared a distinctive character, different from our trellised lots... Read More »