Located just east of Paso Robles, California and nestled in the rolling hills of the Central Coast, lies our estate vineyard and winery. The property is located at an elevation of 950 ft above sea level, with great exposure to the south and south west sun.
There are three vineyard blocks on the property planted in 2001 with the larger block being comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon. Other varietals include Sangiovese, Merlot, Primitivo, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tannat & Syrah. The vineyards are planted on moderately steep hillsides to maximize sun exposure and soil drainage.
Pozzuoli Winery produces approximately 1,000 cases of wine per year. Our main focus is on producing high quality small lots of wine, that express the terrain and climate of the Paso Robles AVA. Being a small operation allows us to be greatly involved in every part of the wine-making process from the vineyard to the wine glass.
The Pozzuoli Estate Vineyards are farmed using sustainable practices. Each year we plant a covercrop consisting of barley and vetch to help prevent erosion and keep the soil fertile. During the growing season we maintain a manicured canopy to allow for sunlight and good airflow. Water management is crucial in sustainable farming. We water only on an as-needed basis to avoid over-watering, excessive runoff and maintain a stress level in the fruit to optimize flavor. Bird nets are used to keep birds from consuming our crops, and traps are used to control gopher populations. We maintain our vineyards to produce low yields of fruit - 1-3 tons/acre.
Winemaking is based on minimal intervention. We maintain a clean environment and the wine is handled gently throughout the process. We focus on the artistic component of winemaking and utilize some science to reinforce it.