To provide ourselves with the high quality Rhone grape varieties we wanted for our own vineyard, we imported new cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc from the Beaucastel estate. These plants all went through a rigorous USDA-mandated 3-year quarantine.
In 1992, we planted rootstock fields and built grafting and greenhouse facilities to propagate and graft our cuttings. These produced the grapevines we used to plant our estate vineyard beginning in 1994.
Beginning in 1996, we made available for sale these high-quality grafted vines and budwood to interested growers through the Tablas Creek Nursery. Between 1996 and 2004 we sold more than one million cuttings to interested vineyards and wineries from California to Washington State to Virginia and Texas.
This effort continues today. In 2003, we made the decision to import new cuttings of the rest of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape grapes: Bourboulenc, Cinsaut, Clairette Blanche, Muscardin, Picardan, Terret Noir, and Vaccarese. The first of these grapes were released from quarantine 2010, and we expect to have the full Chateauneuf-du-Pape collection available by 2016.
Since 2005, we have partnered with NovaVine Nursery of Santa Rosa, California. They produce grafted vines of consistent high quality from our cuttings, using environmentally responsible farming practices. Customers who wish to purchase Tablas Creek varietal budwood and grafted vines can do so exclusively through NovaVine Nursery. Click here for more information, including a list of available varieties and clones, and contact information for NovaVine.
Join us for Paso Robles' annual harvest celebration the weekend of October 16th-18th
All weekend: Visit our tasting room for a first look at our newest Esprit de Tablas wines from the 2013 vintage.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at McPhee's Grill in Templeton. $105/per person; reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: Join us in the cellar at Tablas Creek for a series of interactive demonstrations. Demonstrations will be ongoing from 10am - 3pm and are free to all guests. Details »
We are pleased to have been included in recent articles in The New York Times (on creative responses to California's drought) and the Washington Post (on our 11 new AVA's) and to see the attention for Paso Robles. More recent press »
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 »
August 31, 2015
By: Lauren Phelps
Although estate Viognier yields look low, Levi explains that "it's really more of a mixed bag. Mourvedre and Roussanne both look a bit higher than normal". In general, we're thrilled with the quality of fruit and a bit concerned since yields remind us of frost reduced years in 2001, 2009 and 2011. We're waiting until we've harvested more from the estate to draw any firm conclusions. Read More »