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The Missing Leg

Central Coast AVA

An ultra boutique garagiste focused on crafting Pinot Noir & Syrah

The Missing Leg was founded by Karl and Heidi Wicka after 25 shared years of wine production and hospitality experience on California’s Central Coast. The couple founded the winery in 2007 and named it to honor the memory of Karl’s father, Ronald Wicka, whose favorite English pub (just outside of London) was called The Missing Leg. This ultra boutique wine label focuses on crafting Pinot Noir and Syrah from some of the best vineyard sites on the Central Coast.

Karl Wicka first entered the wine business as a 23-year-old, working the graveyard shift as a crush worker at Mondavi’s Woodbridge winery in Lodi, California. He was instantly captivated by the industry, but knew he didn’t want to make 1,000,000 cases of wine a year. After finishing his fruit science studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Karl began a 9-year stint at Wild Horse Winery in Templeton (just south of Paso Robles). It was here that Karl learned vast amounts about Central Coast vineyards, honed his winemaking skills, and rose from ‘cellar rat’ to cellar master. He also met his future wife, Heidi Hostetter, who began working at Wild Horse Winery after completing her public/nonprofit administration degree from Fresno State. Heidi has also worked in Wine Hospitality for Turley Wine Cellars and Jack Creek Cellars. In 2002, Karl became winemaker for Turely Wine Cellars in Paso Robles and continues to hold this position today.

Karl and Heidi Wicka have witnessed first hand the unbelievable coming of age of Paso Robles as a world-renowned wine destination and knew someday they would have a winery of their own. In 2007, The Missing Leg was born, focusing on very limited production, vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs and Syrahs from vineyards throughout the Central Coast region. The Wickas select these vineyard sites with care and precision, and craft wines to showcase these distinctive locations and varietal characteristics. Karl’s passion for small-lot winemaking can be seen in each bottle from The Missing Leg portfolio.

Winemaker - Karl Wicka