Climate & Soils
Paso Robles is a large AVA with extreme variation in climate and topography. The Willow Creek District is defined by steep, rolling hillsides and a cooler climate than much of the region. The coastal breezes that sail through the ‘Templeton Gap’ in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range give the vineyard a respite from the summertime heat. That cadence of warm days and cool afternoons and evenings create an ideal climate.
The soils at this site are diverse, and vary by the hillside with large swaths of either Siliceous or Calcareous Shale deposits. Below those highly-regarded and sought after topsoils are layers of close to 90% fractured shale. Grapevines must descend deep into this shale to find water, creating strong root systems that lead to powerful wines.