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The story begins with a little reality show “Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes” starring the owners of the vineyard Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. “Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes” was a reality series following the trials and exploits of award-winning entertainment producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick as they make a major investment in a long held dream – owning their own vineyard. The beautiful 168 acre vineyard in Paso Robles, California consists of a broad range of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Syrah, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc. May of 2008 the first Estate grown bottling was made. While things have been crazy Nigel and Ken refuse to give up on their lifelong dream.....Villa San-Juliette vineyard and winery is slowly developing into what will someday be a HUGE Success!
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In the picturesque northern reaches of Paso Robles Wine Country lies a passionate dream-turned-reality. Eight years ago, longtime friends and business partners, Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, shared a remarkable bottle of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and chased it down to discover an amazing wine community and a landscape that reminded them of their childhood home in Northern England. It wasn’t long before they got excited about the prospect of owning their own vineyard and making wine.
In the intervening years, a beautiful villa has sprung up on the property and the winery has produced a veritable flood of award-winning wines. The carefully-tended 168-acre vineyard boasts 11 different varietals. “The location of the vineyard up in the hills of San Miguel is ideal for the fruit,” says Winemaker, Matt Ortman. “The soil isn’t very deep so the vines have to work hard to produce the fruit. The vigor of the vine is controlled naturally by the soils and the results are exceptional grapes.”
With national distribution established in 42 states and several countries, along with a solid foundation of an outstanding vineyard, Ken and Nigel are building out their production facility and opening up their dream to the world. October of 2012 saw the opening of a beautifully-appointed tasting room, and 2013 will mark the winery’s first vintage produced in-house under Matt Ortman’s purview.
Albariño, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Villa San-Juliette wines recently won two gold, silver and bronze medals from among 600 wines by 150 producers at the 11th Annual Central Coast Wine Competition
• VSJ Winemaker, Matt Ortman, has deep roots in the Central Coast wine community. His father, Chuck Ortman, founded Meridian Vineyards, one of the area’s pioneer wine brands.
• The VSJ estate has featured several acclaimed musicians to perform exclusively for members of the Villa San-Juliette Reserve Cellar Wine Club, including American Idol alumni. At VSJ, membership certainly has its benefits!
• Owners Ken & Nigel can often be found behind the tasting room bar enjoying time with guests.
The great parties and events held at Villa San-Juliette. The expansive and beautifully landscaped gardens are the perfect setting for intimate and large festivities.