Owner & Winemaker- Gianni Manucci grew up in California, became an architect, and pursued a more creative balance to his life through stone sculpturing. But, his true roots in grape farming began in Europe over three generations ago which inspired him to get back to his roots in 1995. His hands-on personal skills shine in this beautiful 40-acre hillside vineyard, and his UC-Davis viticulture education has gained him many winemaking awards. Gianni's unique sense of balance has also transformed his vineyard with an ancient adobe style architecture, an art colony, and winemaking, all harmoniously created in balance at his winery.
The Name- Our labels "Wild Coyote & Coyote Creek" simply came from a little pack of coyote creatures that used to hunt in our land before it became a vineyard. This combined with our greatest respect for all living beings (especially coyotes with so many colorful mythical traits) was the cornerstone of our trademark label.
The Location- We are located on the Central Coast of California, which is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We are only 7-miles west of town at an elevation of 1,800 feet in the Santa Lucia mountain chain, 20-miles inland from the ocean, hot days are contrasted with coastal breezes cooling the vineyards in the evenings, which makes it so perfect for our Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot red-grapes varietal. From 1797 Franciscan missionaries who introduced the first wine grapes to Paso Robles at Mission San Miguel, to the 1960/1970s seeing a new generation of vineyard pioneers (Wild Horse, Eberle, J. Lohr), to the recent migration of the big-boys from Sonoma/Napa (Rabbit Ridge, Turley, Fetzer); we all know by now that Paso Robles' quality is no longer a well-kept secret. Wine enthusiasts are now learning and talking about the quality of Paso Robles appellation wines and buying them in record numbers.
Philosophy- Our philosophy is to be a small and an estate winery, but be the best at what we do. If that means that we should stay to our vineyard production capacity of (3,000-5,000) cases per year, then so be it. To us, quality is more important than quantity, and up here it's all about pounds (of grapes) per vine not tons per acre. That is why we began at the roots, by transforming this 40-acre dry orchard farm by pushing through the rocky limestone soils and terracing the hillside similar to our European ancestors. The winery is a vineyard driven operation and we focus lots of our energy into producing the highest quality grapes possible, so that the wines are made in a very traditional style, with fruit forwarding.