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 Primeur Tasting and Futures Offering

On December 6th, all VINsiders are invited to join Tablas Creek's owners and winemakers for our 10th annual En Primeur Tasting and Futures Offering. Taste the 2013 Esprit de Tablas and 2013 Panoplie, discuss the vintage, and enjoy a seasonal dish created to pair with the wines. The $30 cost to attend the event is refundable on any en primeur purchase. Register for one of two sessions (10:30am or 1:30pm)  More information »


Tablas Creek News

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

We were thrilled to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader, including 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 »

Montana opens to direct shipping

We have received our direct shipping license for the great state of Montana. Residents are now eligible to order wine or sign up for one of our wine clubs. Up next? Massachusetts, where shipping licenses will be issued starting January 1st! More direct shipping news »


On the Tablas Blog

Harvest 2014 Recap: Yields up 5.2% (though still below average); Quality excellent

October 19, 2014
On Wednesday, October 15th we picked the last batch of Roussanne off of our estate. And just like that, we're done picking for the year. It doesn't feel like we're finished, as we're still pressing off bins of reds, the cellar still smells like crush, and the vineyard's colors are still more green than gold. Read More »