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Vigo Cellars

Paso Robles AVA

Dan and Kim take pride in sourcing fruit from carefully selected sustainably-farmed, premium vineyards.

A family-owned artisan winery on California’s Central Coast, Vigo Cellars was established by Dan and Kim Rodrigues in 2008 with a focus on American Rhone-style wines. The winery was named ‘Vigo’ to pay homage to the Rodrigues family heritage that began in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. After the family settled in California’s San Joaquin Valley in the late 1930’s, they began the tradition of farming vineyards and almonds. Now three generations later, Dan and Kim Rodrigues are continuing the quest, crafting small-lot artisan wines on California’s Central Coast.

Dan and Kim take pride in sourcing fruit from carefully selected sustainably-farmed, premium vineyards in Paso Robles, the coastal San Luis Obispo region, and Santa Barbara County. It is their goal to craft wines that express each site’s unique terroir, while staying true to each varietal’s characteristics. Their limited portfolio of small-lot wines currently includes Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Picpoul Blanc, and Grenache.

Dan Rodrigues has had an expansive career as a Viticulturist, beginning at San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey County after graduating from CSU Fresno. He is also a Master of Science/Agriculture graduate from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Today, in addition to running Vigo Cellars with his wife Kim, Dan oversees a viticultural consulting company called Vina Quest that provides viticulture, irrigation and pest management services to vineyards and wineries throughout California. He also serves as a lecturer for Cal Poly’s Viticulture and Enology Department.

Dan’s wife, Kim Murphy-Rodrigues, has also had an extensive career in the wine business, beginning with Chalone Vineyard in Monterey County after graduating with degrees in Ag Economics and Marketing from Fresno State. Over the years, Kim has worked with prominent wineries including Wild Horse, Robert Hall, Summerwood and Kita in brand management, marketing, and public relations. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the national Rhone Rangers organization in Paso Robles.

When Dan and Kim decided to launch Vigo Cellars in 2008, they began with a single-vineyard Syrah from the Avila Valley in the San Luis Obispo Coast wine region. Their portfolio has slowly expanded since then, but production still remains very small at under 1,000 cases overall.

We are happy to share one of Vigo Cellars’ latest achievements with our Garagiste Wine Club members. Enjoy!