Paso Robles AVA
An up-and-coming winery, estate vineyard, and truffière project, Caelesta Vineyard produces exceptional, terroir-driven wines and elusive black truffles from their heavenly Paso Robles property.
Established in a unique location within the Templeton Gap on Paso Robles’ east side, Caelesta Vineyard is an up-and-coming family winery dedicated to producing premium Rhône, Bordeaux and Spanish varieties. The estate vineyard’s high elevation (1,320 feet), diversity of vineyard aspects, and range of microclimates make it a special property that certainly stands out amongst the flatter topography and higher-yield growers typically found on the eastern side of the region. It is the Farrell family’s hope to showcase the potential of their Paso Robles property while creating a sustainable, family-operated ranch for generations to come.
The story of Caelesta all started in Ventura County, where Brian Farrell Sr. and Denise’s love for wine, family trips to wine regions, and a backyard hobby vineyard sparked their son Brian Jr.’s interest in the industry at an early age. Brian Jr. went on to study Finance at USC and Agricultural Science at Oregon State University before taking a winery lab position at Lucas & Lewellen Winery in Santa Barbara County. It was there that he discovered his love for Paso Robles, which is where he wanted to be long-term.
Around this same time, Brian Jr.’s parents were looking to retire and had plans to settle in wine country where they could plant a small vineyard. With Brian Jr.’s interest in Paso Robles, they set their sights there and in 2015 wound up falling in love with a 200-acre parcel of raw land in the esteemed Templeton Gap AVA; it was full of potential. The marine influence, Linne-Calodo complex soils, and multitude of planting aspects made it a dream opportunity - plus, the property had incredible views of the night sky, which then inspired the name Caelesta, Latin for “celestial” or “of the heavens.”
Over the next several years, the Farrells worked with Coastal Vineyard Services to design and plant the property without needing to remove any trees, leaving the natural oak woodlands intact. They also started a black truffle farm on the property, selling truffles to local and regional restaurants as well as wine club members (you don’t want to miss the truffle hunt!).
The Caelesta winery label officially began in 2017, with Brian Jr. serving as the winemaker. For the first two vintages, he sought out some of the highest quality fruit in the area, waiting for Caelesta Vineyard’s estate fruit to be harvestable (usually a three-year process). 2019 marked Caelesta’s first estate vintage and they haven’t looked back since.
Today, Caelesta remains a family affair with Brian Jr. overseeing all winemaking operations, Brian Sr. helping in the cellar, and Denise working in the tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. We look forward to sharing their creation with our wine of the month club members!