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History

Four decades of grape growing

Wolff Vineyards is located on 125 acres of ecologically friendly, certified sustainable property just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, scenic beaches and major tourist attractions. The property is 4.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean providing the vineyard with a cool coastal marine influence. The vineyard was planted in 1976 with 55 acres of Chardonnay grapes by one of the Edna Valley's winegrowing pioneers, Andy MacGregor. World-class awards were earned by wineries that used MacGregor Vineyard Chardonnay grapes. The new owners, Jean-Pierre and Elke Wolff, renamed the vineyard in 1999 when they acquired and expanded the vineyard and added their artisan winery.

The vineyard includes 53 acres of Chardonnay and 34 acres of Pinot Noir grapes. Fourteen additional acres are planted in Teroldego, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Riesling. The old Chardonnay blocks are dry farmed, giving the wine a site-specific "terroir" characteristic.

 

Vines & Wines

Chardonnay

The Chardonnay vines were planted over 40 years ago as one of the first three vineyards established in the Edna Valley.  The vines clone is the historical Wente clone planted on their own rootstock.  Today, it is the oldest commercially producing Chardonnay vineyard in the valley.  Except during extreme droughts, the Chardonnay blocks are dry farmed (not irrigated).  The old vines Chardonnay provides intense concentrated flavors due to its small yield and deep root system. 

Riesling

Our Riesling clone originates from Germany and was imported thru a nursery in Upstate New York. Ultimately the vines were shipped from New York to Wolff Vineyards. The vineyard block is located on a slope and impacted by coastal cool temperatures producing an Alsatian style dry Riesling.

Pinot Noir 

The Pinot Noir blocks are planted on four Dijon clones. The vines are situated on steep slopes with maximum southern exposure. They are grafted on two different root stocks best suited to our specific soil conditions, sun and wind exposure. These clones, originating from the University of Dijon France have produced some outstanding Pinot Noir wines in California and Oregon.

Syrah

The Syrah blocks are planted on steep slopes with an ocean breeze cooling influence. The two Northern Rhone clones benefit from this cool climate by developing a thicker berry skin with dark color, soft tannin, pepper notes flavors and spice.

Petite Sirah

Our Petite Sirah is the first planted in the Edna Valley. We pioneered the growing of this unusual cool climate Petite Sirah which quickly gained national review and recognition, as well as popularity with our customers.

Teroldego

The Teroldego grape variety is rarely grown in the U.S. and originates from the Northern Italian Tyrolean area of the Trentino-Alto Adige. Only a few hundred acres are planted in the entire U.S. and close to one thousand acres in Northern Italy. Our limited production is a favorit to wine enthusiasts and collectors.

 

Our grapes are sold to Ultra-Premium wineries who enjoy wide acclaim for their wines. Our own estate produced limited production is hand-crafted using traditional Burgundian wine-making methods. French oak, barrel fermentation, sur lie and batonnage are a few of the techniques applied to our wines.

 

Our family business

Wolff Vineyards is a family owned business where every member brings their passion and unique talents.

Elke Wolff is a principal owner bringing her public accounting background to good use by managing the vineyard and winery accounting and financial portfolio.

Jean-Pierre Wolff Ph.D. is a principal owner and wears many hats including the overall management of the vineyard, winemaking, estate property management, research and development and is head of the “Wolff Pack”

Our son Clint Wolff manages the tasting room and winery events.  His excellent hospitality skills and well-rounded background in grape growing and wine making helps leveraging our growing business.

Our son Mark Wolff is assistant winemaker. In addition to his professional winemaking skills, Mark is very resourceful in supporting our construction activities and repairs, he also provides tasting room support.