Calcareous Vineyard

Calcareous is dedicated to producing the highest quality, terroir driven wines possible.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    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’ westside. Both Lloyd and Dana, experienced wine distributors in their native Iowa, recognized the westside 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.

    Join us on the top of the world for our Wine Down Wednesdays during the Summer, June-September, when we stay open till 8pm. We have live music from a local artist each week along with our famous pizzas for purchase.

    We have partnered with Thomas Hill Organics to offer a Food & Wine pairing available for purchase on Saturdays, and Sundays between 12pm and 3pm.
  • Vineyard Details
    • Calcareous Vineyard terrain allows for the production of Bordeaux, Rhone, and Burgundy varietals virtually side-by-side. The limestone soils were derived from the sea-life once covering these hills in pre-historic times. The hills themselves create varied microclimates due to the different exposures to sun, wind, and rain.
    • First Date Planted: 2000
    • Last Date Planted: 2016
    • Row Spacings: 4X8
    • Trellis Type: VST
    • Rootstock: 11O3P
    • Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Drip Irrigation
    • Soil Types: Calcareous
    • Slope Description: Hilly
    • Aspect: Multi
    • Harvest Method: Hand picked
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Chardonnay | 1.03 acres

    • Cabernet Franc | 1.47 acres

    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 7.0 acres

    • Grenache | 2.74 acres

    • Malbec | 2.07 acres

    • Merlot | 1.64 acres

    • Mourvèdre | 2.07 acres

    • Petit Verdot | 1.43 acres

    • Syrah | 8.09 acres

  • Press & Accolades
  • Accolades

    • 2014 Tres Violet, Wine Spectator, Aug 2017, 92 Points