Diablo Paso Wines
Paso Robles AVA
Diablo Paso Wines specializes in producing small-lot Spanish varietals that can be described as ‘Old World meets New World’ in style.
Enrique and Nora Torres created Diablo Paso Wines to express the things that matter most to them: their passion for Spanish wine varietals and a commitment to hard work. Their ultra boutique winery is located in the Paso Robles appellation on California’s Central Coast, where the Torres’ are proudly part of the Garagiste winemaking movement and producing the finest hand-crafted, Spanish-style wines possible.
The Torres’ first met in a small fishing village in Guerrero, Mexico where Enrique was raised. Nora, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, was in Mexico at the time studying Spanish and the pair happened to meet at a restaurant where Enrique was working. The rest, as they say, was history. Their chance meeting was followed by a long distance relationship and an ultimate, mutual relocation to Paso Robles where they married and started a family. It was also here that Enrique and Nora discovered their shared passion for wine.
Enrique learned the craft from the ground up, starting as a “cellar rat” at the age of 23. Working under master winemaker Alan Kinne at the former Martin & Weyrich Winery, Enrique spent three years crushing and sorting grapes, performing pump overs, topping barrels, racking tanks, and learning how to filter and bottle wine. He climbed the ranks to Cellar Master, and after two more years, earned the position of Assistant Winemaker. Being mentored by Alan Kinne, known by many as the ‘Godfather of Tempranillo and Albariño,’ was a rewarding experience for Enrique and it exposed him to the wonderful Spanish varietals that he quickly fell in love with.
Enrique and Alan have continued their winemaking collaboration at Cali Paso Winery, which took over the Martin & Weyrich vineyards and production facility in 2012. Their wines have won countless awards over the years, as they continue to explore and express the best that the Central Coast winegrowing region has to offer.
In 2012, Enrique and Nora Torres also established their own winery, Diablo Paso Wines, which would specialize in producing small-lot Spanish varietals grown locally on the Central Coast. Their grapes of choice include Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Albariño, and Mataro, all sourced from select vineyards and handcrafted to make wines that can be described as ‘Old World meets New World’ in style. The couple recently started a second label, Max & Nico (named after their sons), to expand their winemaking craft to French and Italian varietals as well.
We hope our Garagiste Wine Club members enjoy this special limited-production Spanish-style blend from Diablo Paso Wines. It is sure to impress!