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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!
Some things are worth the wait … because stars don’t form overnight.
Villa San-Juliette Winery is the creation of Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, television icons (American Idol, So you Think You Can Dance), committed to creating experiences to be both shared and savored (much like their delicious wines!). The beautiful 168-acre country vineyard in Paso Robles, California is the star of the show here, and they are excited to share the winery experience with new friends from near and far.
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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 varieties. “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 have built out their production facility and opened up their dream to the world. October of 2012 saw the opening of a beautifully-appointed tasting room, and 2013 marked the winery’s first vintage produced in-house under Matt Ortman’s purview.
White Chorum, Rosé of Zinfandel, Albarino, Pinot Gris, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Alicante Bouschet
• 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.
Great parties and events are held at Villa San-Juliette. The expansive and beautifully landscaped gardens are the perfect setting for intimate and large festivities.