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Father and daughter Lloyd Messer and Dana Brown realized their dream of finding a place to express their passion for wine in 2000, when they established Calcareous Vineyards on one of the highest limestone plateaus on Paso Robles’ west side. Both Lloyd and Dana, experienced wine distributors in their native Iowa, recognized that the west side of Paso Robles had potential to produce world-class wines.
Their acquisition of 442 acres atop solid calcareous rock reaching 1,800 feet above sea level confirmed their dedication to producing the highest quality, terroir-driven wines possible. It is a labor of love to cultivate fruit on this challenging land, but the reward is immediately apparent when tasting the wines. Calcareous has, for over a decade now, produced a collection of world-class blends and varietal wines that exhibit Paso Robles’ claim to being “distinct, different.”
Lloyd passed on in 2006, and Dana advances their vision with the help of her sister, Erika.
• Calcareous sits just 17 miles from the Pacific Ocean and enjoys the full benefits of Paso Robles' unique west side climate. The western edge of the Paso Robles AVA is probably the fastest growing and most sought out land for growing wine grapes in California. Richly calcareous soils, the regulating maritime influence of both the Templeton Gap and Salinas valley fogs and steep hillside topography create a spectacular climate for growing wine grapes.