Owner, Winemaker, Family Operation
Gianni Manucci grew up in Santa Cruz (CA), and in his first life, owned his own architectural practice for over twenty years. But, his true roots in grape farming began in Europe over several generations ago which inspired him to get back to his roots "his second life" in 1995. His hands-on personal skills shine in this landmark 40-acre terraced hillside vineyard, and his UC-Davis Oenology education has gained him many enthusiasts among his club members. Gianni & Kati (his wife), have a unique sense of balance that has transformed their vineyard into a Pueblo village with ancient adobe style architecture, an art colony, retreat, and winemaking, all harmoniously create a balance at their winery.
Small Boutique Winery Philosophy...
Our philosophy is to be a farmer first, and then a winemaker. As my grandfather used to say “if you grow good grapes, you’ll have good wines”. Since the old days of winemaking is long-gone, and most wines are now mass produced with emphasis on taste and price. We decided to trademark ourselves as “full blooded” meaning we do everything on one site and under our control; from growing the grapes, to harvest, processing, winemaking, storage, and selling, all from our tasting room only.
To us it is all about being small, but be the best at what we do. Even if it means that we focus on our (16) acres Westside Paso Robles grapes, and less than 3,000 cases in total production annually, then so be it. To us, quality is more important than quantity “and up here it's all about pounds (of grapes) per vine not tons per acre.” That is why we began at the roots. By transforming our land, by pushing through the rocky limestone topography, and terracing the hillside similar to the old-world European style. The winery is a vineyard driven operation and we focus lots of our energy into producing the highest quality grapes possible. Also, we try to be very respectful to the Mother Earth, by practicing sustainable agriculture, using solar power, encouraging natural habitats, and recycling rain water, etc.