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

Earth Day Celebration

You're invited to join us for an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 24 at Tablas Creek Vineyard. Visit the winery all weekend from 10am to 5pm and learn about our organic and Biodynamic viticulture and limestone soils. Taste the wines from the current VINsider Wine Club shipment, and see our biodynamic sheep, alpacas, donkeys and llama! Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, enjoy the high-energy sounds of Bear Market Riot from noon to 3:00 PM on our terraced patio.


Tablas Creek News

Jason Haas: 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year

We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year.  His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.

Wine Advocate: 15 Wines 90+ Points

In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »

Anticipating El Niño (L.A. Times)

Tablas Creek's preparations for El Niño were featured in an L.A. Times front-page article Friday, November 27th. Read the article » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

Spring Cleaning in the Vineyard: How Eliminating Surface Grasses Conserves Water

April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down.  Read More »