Founded in 2000 by Lloyd Messer and his daughter Dana Brown, Calcareous Vineyard and its state-of-the-art winery can be found in the western hills of Paso Robles at 1,550 feet of elevation. The extensive 442-acre estate stretches for several miles, sweeping west towards the Pacific Ocean through rolling hills of award-winning vineyards. Lloyd and Dana were both experienced wine distributors in their native Iowa when they realized they shared a dream of ultimately running their own winery and producing world-class wines. Before deciding on the Paso Robles destination, Lloyd and Dana thoroughly researched the attributes of many renowned wine regions in the world, but were ultimately won over by the Central Coast’s unique combination of climate, soil and varietal selections. The winery’s motto, “Let the Soil Speak,” says it all: the father-daughter team named the estate “Calcareous” as a tribute to the property’s terroir. “Calcareous” is a Latin word describing a white-colored soil due to lime deposits formed by sea life that once covered the land in pre-historic ages. The soil content replicates many famous wine regions in France and the mineral composition from the limestone can be recognized in the wine, giving it a very distinct character and style. This calcareous soil and Paso Robles’ varied microclimates allow Calcareous Vineyard to produce Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines of uncompromising vineyard expression.
Calcareous Vineyard - Paso Robles
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