Derby Wine Estates

Three vineyards. One simple mission. Make great wines...without pretense.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    Longtime farmers Ray and Pam Derby originally intended to grow and sell grapes from their three vineyards in San Luis Obispo County: Derbyshire, Derby, and Laura's Vineyard. After many years as a grower, Ray saw the potential of each vineyard and in 2006 he and Pam created Derby Wine Estates. Using just 20 select acres for their own brand, the Derbys continue to sell the remainder of their 400 planted acres. The diversity of each vineyard is the core of Derby Wine Estates.
    In 2010, the Derbys purchased the historical Paso Robles Almond Growers Building and began rejuvenating it. In April of 2014, the building opened and is now home to our full production facility and Tasting Room. Come taste our diverse selection of wines, see wine production in action, and tour our historic facility. Open daily.
  • Vineyard Details
    • Longtime farmers Ray and Pam Derby originally intended to grow and sell grapes from their three vineyards in San Luis Obispo County: Derbyshire, Derby, and Laura's Vineyard. After many years as a grower, Ray saw the potential of each vineyard and in 2006 he and Pam created Derby Wine Estates.
    • First Date Planted: 1997
    • Last Date Planted: 2016
    • Row Orientations: east - west
    • Row Spacings: 10 x 4, 5, 6
    • Trellis Type: VSP and sprawl
    • Rootstock: 1103P, 101-14, 110R, 140R, 5BB, 5C
    • Irrigated/Dry Farmed: irrigated
    • Soil Types: Nacimiento, Diablo, Arbucke-Positas soil series
    • Slope Description: mainly flat, east, and west
    • Aspect: mainly flat, east and weset facing aspects
    • Harvest Method: machine and hand pick
    • Wineries Supplied: Derby Wine Estates, Daou, Last Light Wine Co, Tablas Creek, Field Recordings, Justin Vineyards and Winery, Bushong Vintage Company, Ecluse, My Favorite Neighbor, Paragon, and Treasury Wine Estates
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Albariño | .88 acres

    • Cabernet Franc | 21.67 acres

    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 185.78 acres

    • Carignane | .29 acres

    • Cinsault | .68 acres

    • Cinsault | .88 acres

    • Cinsault | 2.22 acres

    • Grenache Blanc | 8.27 acres

    • Grenache Blanc | 1.32 acres

    • Malbec | 1.50 acres

    • Malbec | 2.11 acres

    • Merlot | 18.75 acres

    • Mourvèdre | 5.14 acres

    • Petit Verdot | 3.60 acres

    • Petite Sirah | 56.33 acres

    • Petite Sirah | .51 acres

    • Roussanne | 2.05 acres

    • Syrah Noir | 9.08 acres

    • Tempranillo | 1.54 acres

    • Viognier | 4.40 acres

    • Zinfandel | 20.36 acres

  • Press & Accolades
  • Press

    • Jan 2019 | Mike Dunne’s 2019 Best of Class Tasting Notes