Windward Vineyard is a small family winery dedicated exclusively to the growth and production of estate bottled Burgundian-style Pinot Noir. Owners Marc and Maggie are convinced that the site's rocky limestone, sloping well-drained soil and microclimate of the west side of the Paso Robles appellation had all the elements required to produce exceptional Pinot Noir.
Windward Vineyard produces only, on the average, 1400 cases per year. Given the small production Windward Pinot Noir is usually found at small quality restaurants and retail shops and does not enjoy wide distribution.
Pinot Noir is the driving passion of Marc Goldberg and Maggie D'Ambrosia, husband and wife owners of Windward Vineyard. Windward Vineyard is dedicated exclusively to producing Burgundian style Pinot Noir. To make the "Great American Pinot Noir," one that rivals those produced in Burgundy, is the couple's passion.
Maggie D'Ambrosia with sister, Kathleen, and friends joyously bottle the 2000 vintage.
Marc and Maggie purchased and planted the vineyard in 1989 based upon the terroir and microclimate of the Paso Robles Westside. The combination of the cooling Pacific breezes, the calcareous soil and the 50 degree daily drop in temperature produce exemplary Pinot Noir.
With the Burgundian French term, "Monopole" vision of total control over both the vineyard and the winemaking, the 15-acre vineyard is planted to four notable French clones.
Agnes D'Ambrosia prepares her homemade gnocchi for the hungry crew.
Windward Vineyard is dedicated to putting Paso Robles' Pinot Noir back on the map, following in the footsteps of two significant figures in California wine history. In the late 1960's, consultant Andre Tchelistcheff supervised the Paso Robles Hoffman Mountain Ranch property of Dr. Stanley Hoffman. In the 1970's, Hoffman's Pinot Noirs gained worldwide recognition, and were drinking well over 20 years later.
Since the 1993 debut in 1995, each of Windward's SOLD OUT vintages have achieved inspiring acclaim, particularly within the community of wine aficionados who appreciate the layered complexity of Burgundian styled Pinot Noir. Marc explains. "We knew we could count on the vineyard to produce formidable fruit. It is living up to our expectations as it matures and continues to develop layered complexity."