Pelletiere Estate Winery
Paso Robles AVA
Made with 100% estate-grown fruit, this boutique winery captures an elegant, terroir-driven style that expresses the pure flavors of the vineyard
Founded in 2014, Pelletiere Estate is located amongst the beautiful foothills of west side Paso Robles, in the heart of the esteemed Willow Creek District. With a rich local history dating back to the late 1890’s, this well-loved property has been beautifully restored to include a sustainably farmed vineyard planted to mostly Italian varietals, a warm and inviting tasting room, and an original (and updated) 19th century farmhouse which serves as a cozy and chic lodging option for visitors to the estate. Winery owner Janis Pelletiere Denner and the entire Pelletiere Family share a love and respect for wine and the land from which it comes from. They are thrilled to share one of their ultra boutique offerings with our Garagiste Wine Club members.
Janis Pelletiere Denner grew up in a traditional Italian household in Cicero, Illinois, an Italian-influenced suburb on Chicago’s west side. The hub of her family was always the kitchen and dining room, and often, the women gathered together to prepare delicious traditional dishes sharing stories and working together on the homemade menu. The meal was shared by the entire family, which always included wine and an abundance of exuberant communication and laughter. These family rituals instilled in Janis a deep sense of respect for the family, a love of food and wine, and the joys of a collaborative effort. Pelletiere Estate would be founded on these ideals, along with a commitment to sustainable farming and gentle winemaking techniques.
When Janis turned 21, her entrepreneurial spirit led to her to leave Chicago, move to San Francisco, and establish a market research company. She grew the company over the next 29 years into a national firm, but decided to sell it and move to Paso Robles when both of her children ended up attending school in San Luis Obispo. It was in Paso Robles that Janis immediately fell in love with the beauty, serenity and artistry of the vineyards and a passion developed to create a legacy for future family generations to savor and uphold. After searching for several years, Janis found the perfect property in the Willow Creek District of west side Paso Robles to develop her family winery and leave her mark on the Central Coast.
Pelletiere’s estate vineyard is sustainably farmed and planted to Italian varieties including Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, and Lagrein, as well as Zinfandel, Syrah and Viognier. All of their wines are made with 100% estate-grown fruit, capturing an elegant, terroir-driven style that expresses the pure flavors of the vineyard. With its distinctive wines, a stunning tasting room, and breathtaking setting, Pelletiere Estate should be on everyone’s next must-visit list in Paso Robles. Cheers and enjoy!