Clayhouse

Located 15 miles east of downtown Paso Robles, The Clayhouse estate Red Cedar Vineyard is entirely within the Paso Robles AVA; and more specifically, in the two recently approved sub-AVA’s, San Juan Creek and Paso Robles Estrella District.  Winemaker Blake Kuhn, uses small bin fermentations, through individual barrel selections of his favorite rows in the vineyard.  The vines range over rolling terrain on the benchlands above the Estrella River.  And most of the vines are grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock (as is the case with most California vineyards) but Clayhouse also has a few of their own-rooted blocks, old vine blocks, that are quite rare.

A 150-year old Adobe home sits among the vines in Red Cedar Vineyard, the place from which all Clayhouse wines come, a certified sustainably farmed vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA.  The historic Adobe home, while no longer inhabitable, is maintained and holding up pretty well. Adobe is sun-dried brick’s, formed of a particular local clay, combined with straw and water. These bricks were the primary building material in California from the Spanish mission period until the Gold Rush.  The 150-year old Adobe house was the inspiration for the winery and wine.

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