Sometimes fate has a funny way of intervening in life. Bill and Teresa Hinrichs were only looking for a small parcel of land with some hills, trees, and a spectacular view when they stumbled upon one of the oldest vineyards in the Pleasant Valley region of Paso Robles- a vineyard originally planted in 1970. A massive, well-established vineyard was a huge undertaking, and not in their master plan, but the south-facing slopes, wide elevation changes, and chalky calcareous soil of the property were too great an opportunity to pass up, and Ranchita Canyon Vineyard was restored and resurrected.
Today, Bill and Teresa work with every vine by hand to limit yields, hand-select each bunch, and extract the maximum amount of color and flavor from each wine. Ranchita Canyon Vineyard has eleven different varietals planted within its acres, including all five Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec – as well as Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Grenache, and the rare and elusive Cabernet Pfeffer and Lagrein. For all you white wine lovers, they also make a great Albarino with grapes sourced from Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo.