Dover Canyon Winery is located on Vineyard Drive in the Willow Creek appellation. Dan Panico, owner and winemaker of Dover Canyon, has long believed that the west strip of calcareous soil along Vineyard Drive is optimum for growing Zinfandel and Rhône varieties. Our estate vineyard features Organic, Dry Farmed Zinfandel and Syrah. Our production is focused on sustainable practices, and small lots of artisinal wines, often vineyard designated. With a love for our heritage grape of Paso Robles, we seek out Dry Farmed, Mountain Grown, and Old Vine Zinfandel from local vineyards.
Our playful label, the bright blue dog with the big red tongue is an original piece of art, painted by family member Ed Smith. Our dog label has graced all of our red wine vintages since 1994.
The winery name, "Dover Canyon," comes from a steep east-west canyon that slashes directly through the heart of northwest Paso Robles, bringing us a wind tunnel effect of cool Pacific air every afternoon. The vineyard is named Tre Noce, which is Italian for “three walnuts,” in honor of the three remaining trees from the original El Paso de la Robles rancho orchard, of which our property is a tiny portion. A small Dunn wine barn near our turn of the century farmhouse serves as wine storage, tasting room and crush pad. The house and crush pad are on a hilltop vectored between the Templeton Gap and Dover Canyon wind tunnels.
Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah Port-Style Primitivo Red Rhône-Style Blend Syrah Zinfandel