Castoro Cellars Vineyards & Winery
For the past 35 years Castoro Cellars has been a leader in the Paso Robles winemaking region. Not only does it have a state of the art facility, it has made a commitment to promoting sustainable practices and organic farming. It is SIP certified, and has solar panels to power the winery. In this way, Castoro Cellars can produce award-winning wines, and emphasize environmental stewardship at the same time. Castoro Cellars works to give back to the community in other ways as well. It hosts the annual Whale Rock Music & Art Festival to raise money for the Templeton High School Music Program.
How It All Began
Castoro Cellars was established by Niels and Bimmer Udsen with the desire to produce award-winning wines in the Paso Robles area. The San Miguel Winery opened in 1990, and so did the tasting room on Bethel Road. Over the years Castoro’s winemaker hasn’t relied on past successes, he has been willing to experiment and be creative to produce the best wines possible from each year’s harvest.
Right now, Castoro Cellars has 13 vineyards, covering about 1,400 acres. There are 28 varieties of grapes grown in these vineyards. In the same way that Castoro Cellars wines are unique, so are the vineyards. The names say it all. There are some commonplace vineyard names, such as Cobble Creek, as well as more creative ones, like Hog Heaven and Blind Faith.
Some of the award-winning wines produced in these vineyards include:
• 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 90 points from Wine Enthusiast
• 2017 Falanghina, 91 points from Wine Enthusiast
• 2016 Whale Rock Syrah, 91 points from Wine Enthusiast
• 2015 Zinfusion, Double Gold and 96 points at the San Francisco International Wine Competition
• 2016 Merlot, 90 points and Editors’ Choice from Wine Enthusiast
An Emphasis on Sustainability
One of the ways Castoro Cellars pursues environmentally-friendly practices by powering its facilities with solar arrays. There are 10 arrays throughout Castoro’s various properties. These arrays will allow Castoro to conserve the amount of CO2 produced by burning the contents of 90,000 barrels of oil, and powering 9,000 gas vehicles. In addition, it will have the same effect as planting 1 million tree seedlings.
Another way Castoro Cellars focuses on sustainability is by dedicating itself to organic farming. The grapes grown in its 13 vineyards are all produced through methods adhering to SIP and organic farming guidelines.
A Way to Give Back
Each year, Castoro Cellars hosts an event to give back to the community. In September, it holds the Whale Rock Art & Music Festival which features a variety of musicians. This 2018 line-up included Grammy nominated artist Aloe Blacc, Fruition, Boston based Lake Street Dive, and Con Brio, described as a band with a funk feel and a psychedelic-soul sound.
In 2018, more than $21,000 was raised during the two-day event, and more than 4,000 people attended the festival. The money raised during the festival will go to the Templeton Instrumental Music Boosters Association which provides funds to the Templeton High School Band. Castoro Cellars representatives said the goal of the event is to bring the community together through music, and that they love the experience as much as participants.
The Castoro Cellars tasting room is located at 1315 N Bethel Road in Templeton. The tasting room is open every day from 10 am to 5:30 pm. For more information, call (805) 238-0725, visit castorocellars.com, or go to their Facebook page.
Another Way to Enjoy Castoro Cellars Wines
There’s a great way to drink great wine, have fun with friends, and get some exercise. Castoro Cellars now has an 18-hole disc golf course that winds through the Paso Robles Ranch and Whale Rock Vineyard. During this two-mile loop, you can find out more about Castoro Cellars through a self- guided tour.
In the tasting room, visitors can get a map of the disc golf course, and rent the equipment they will need to have a great day in the vineyard. The course is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily.