Derby Wine Estates

Showing a devotion to quality that starts in the vineyards, and shows itself in every sip of wine.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    Ray and Pam Derby retired to the Central Coast in the early 1990’s, and began to grow and sell grapes from their 3 Estate Vineyards in San Luis Obispo County. After a few years as a grape grower, Ray saw the potential of having fruit in 3 different AVA’s and set out to build an Estate brand that showcased the diversity of terroir on the Central Coast...SO DERBY WINE ESTATES WAS BORN.

    The Derby's then bought the historic Almond Growers Building in Paso Robles in 2010. 4 years later we celebrated the grand opening of Derby Wine Estates’ Production Facility and Tasting Room in this iconic landmark. Each year we take about 30 acres of fruit from the vineyards to produce our Estate wines, and sell the rest (over 400 acres) to other local wineries. Today, we are open for wine tasting every day from 11am-5pm, and offer tours of the building by Reservation.
  • Vineyard Details
    • We have 3 vineyards across San Luis Obispo County: Derbyshire Vineyard in San Simeon, Derby Vineyard in the Templeton Gap, and Laura's Vineyard in the Estrella District. After many years as growers, Ray and Pam Derby started the winery with the goal of showcasing the differences between fruit coming out of each location.
    • First Date Planted: 1997
    • Last Date Planted: 2020
    • Row Orientations: east - west
    • Row Spacings: 6,8,10 x 3-6
    • Trellis Type: VSP and sprawl
    • Rootstock: 1103P, many
    • Irrigated/Dry Farmed: irrigated
    • Soil Types: Nacimiento, Diablo, Arbucke-Positas soil series, etc
    • Slope Description: hilly, flat
    • Aspect: all
    • Harvest Method: machine and hand pick
    • Wineries Supplied: many local wineries
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Albariño | 0.88 acres

    • Cabernet Franc | 21.67 acres

    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 209.74 acres

    • Carignane | 0.29 acres

    • Cinsault | 0.68 acres

    • Counoise | 0.88 acres

    • Graciano | 2.2 acres

    • Grenache Blanc | 8.27 acres

    • Grenache Blanc | 1.32 acres

    • Malbec | 1.5 acres

    • Malbec | 2.11 acres

    • Merlot | 11.75 acres

    • Mourvèdre | 5.14 acres

    • Petit Verdot | 3.6 acres

    • Petite Sirah | 56.33 acres

    • Petite Sirah | 0.51 acres

    • Roussanne | 2.05 acres

    • Syrah Noir | 9.08 acres

    • Tempranillo | 1.54 acres

    • Viognier | 4.4 acres

    • Zinfandel | 20.36 acres

  • Press & Accolades

    Press

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

    Enjoy a private tour exploring the history of the Almond Growers Building alongside its current winery operations, and private wine tasting with cheese pairings in the lounge at the top of the tower.

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