In the wine world, a “monopole” is defined as a wine appellation controlled by a single domain or winery. Famous examples include La Tache and Domaine Romanee-Conti in Burgundy and Chateau-Grillet in the northern Rhone Valley. The closest Paso Robles has to a true monopole is Windward Vineyard, the only winery in Paso Robles dedicated to growing one single varietal – in this case Pinot Noir – and producing just one single wine from each vintage – which they happen to call “Monopole”.
A true outlier, owner and winemaker Marc Goldberg and his wife Maggie D’Ambrosia purchased 15 acres just north of Highway 46 West off of Arbor Road on the West Side of Paso Robles in 1989. Convinced that the Templeton Gap was ideal for growing Pinot Noir even though everyone else was producing Zinfandel and Rhone varietals, Marc sought out the advice of two legendary figures in California winemaking – Andre Tchelistcheff and Dr. Stanley Hoffman of Hoffman Mountain Ranch. Windward Vineyard’s first vintage in 1993 sold out almost immediately after it was released, and this trend has followed every release of Monopole every year after, making Windward Vineyard’s Pinot Noir one of the most unique and most sought-after wines in Paso Robles.