Central Coast AVA
Fairly undiscovered vineyards that sit farther west than any other sites on the Central Coast
Since 2002, winemaker Aaron Jackson has devoted himself to unearthing the potential of vineyards surrounding his homeland of California’s Central Coast. He may be one of the youngest winemakers in the region, but his experience trumps many of those around him. With two successful winery projects already under his belt, he is quickly becoming a notable figure among the Central Coast’s best up and coming boutique producers.
Growing up in Cayucos, Aaron knew he wanted a lifelong career that would let him stay on the Central Coast. He zeroed in on wine, enjoying the blend of agriculture, science, business, and art that the industry provided. After a summer job helping Wild Horse Winery plant a new vineyard between Caucus and Templeton, Aaron was hooked and furthered his studies at nearby Cal Poly, where he was the first student to sign on to the newly created wine and viticulture major.
Aaron released his first commercial vintage under ‘Aaron Wines’ while still a student at Cal Poly, choosing to focus on Petite Sirah from Paso Robles. He saw the potential for this varietal that had long been strictly used in blends. He read the market right, as Petite Sirah has recently been garnering new attention among critics and consumers alike.
In 2002, Aaron was ready to start a second winery label and turned his attention to the coastal vineyards around Cayucos and Cambria where aromatic whites and distinctive Pinot Noir vines were quietly flourishing. He named the project ‘Aequorea,’ Latin for ‘of the sea’ and began crafting single-vineyard Pinots and whites from these exciting, fairly undiscovered vineyards that sit farther west than any other sites on the Central Coast. Aequorea wines are all terroir-driven, representing the extremity of where they are from (no more than six miles from the ocean on the westward side of the Santa Lucia Mountains).
In his relatively short career, Aaron has become a winemaker to watch and we are thrilled to feature one of his offerings to our Garagiste Wine Club members. Enjoy!