Great wine often takes a leap of faith. You’ve got to wander down a long, winding path further than you thought you might travel to reach the best kept secrets. And the same holds true for one of Paso Robles’s best kept wine secrets, Dunning Vineyards. At the very end of Niderer Road, in the heart of the Willow Creek District, Dunning Vineyards sits nestled between some of the most famous vineyards in Paso Robles, including the Booker Vineyards and James Berry Vineyards, and produces wines on par with those great estates.
Sharing the same 1400-foot elevation and proximity to the coastal fog and Templeton Gap breezes as those famed vineyards, owners Bob and Jo-Ann Dunning cultivate Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Zinfandel on their forty acre property, locally source Petite Sirah and Grenache, and in 2012 harvested their first vintage of estate-grown Pinot Noir. Although primarily known for their estate-grown single varietal wines, Dunning Vineyards also produces two outstanding blends: a classic Meritage of Bordeaux varietals, and the unusual Vin de Casa blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Zinfandel.