Paso Robles AVA
Gold Plus! Selection - Gold Medal Winner
For decades, quarter horses, cattle and cowboys roamed the grassy hills of Paso Robles’ old Kentucky Ranch. Today, the historic property is home to Thacher Winery, full of casual charm and reminiscent of California’s past and present. The winery is owned by the husband-wife team of Sherman and Michelle Thacher, who met while working for the Los Gatos Brewing Company in northern California. Sherman was an award-winning Brewmaster for sixteen years, but after discovering the romance and allure of the wine industry, he began crafting wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He worked under the loose tutelage of distinguished winemakers at wineries such as David Bruce, Mariani and Savannah-Chanelle. By 2001, Sherman and his wife Michelle decided to truly pursue their dream of building a winery from the ground up and began searching for a property to call their own. The rustic charm of Paso Robles with its small-town appeal and celebrated wine country seemed the perfect fit, and when the old Kentucky Ranch on the desirable Westside county became available, the Thachers jumped at the opportunity. 2004 marked the first vintage for Thacher Winery and they have garnered numerous Gold Medals for their boutique wine collection ever since. With just 1,800 cases produced each year, Thacher Winery is among the smaller winery operations of Paso Robles, but their award-winning Rhône blends and Zinfandels are quickly putting them on the map. Enjoy the latest achievement from this up-and-coming Central Coast producer.