Ecluse Wines

Located on the west side of Paso, we produce handcrafted award winning Rhone & Bordeaux style wines!

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    As home to a San Francisco Chronicle’s Sweepstakes winning Best Red Wine, we at Écluse are dedicated to producing limited production, handcrafted, award-winning wines from our very own Lock Vineyard. Our family owned boutique winery is a true reflection of this special place we call home. Nestled in the gently rolling hillside terroir on the desired Westside of the Paso Robles AVA, we feature Bordeaux and Rhone style wines, as well as our fabulous Zinfandel. Our wines are often described as silky, lush, smooth and approachable when first released, becoming even more complex and elegant as they age.

    Écluse is the French word for the locks on the canals that carve their way through the French countryside and since our last name is Lock, the name Écluse for our wines was born! From the beginning our philosophy is that great fruit makes great wine. Having our own small winery onsite gives us the added benefit of picking and crushing small lots throughout the vineyard when the fruit has reached its peak flavors. Having control from the vineyard to the bottle insures that Écluse wines remain the truly remarkable wine that it is today!

    Located only five minutes west of downtown Paso Robles, we invite you to discover the expression of our estate-grown wines while you savor the Ecluse difference. Join us and experience wine tasting the old fashion way, in the barrel room where you may even find Steve, proprietor and winemaker, with the wine thief offering barrel samples!
  • Vineyard Details
    • Our 21 acres of vines planted in the gently rolling hillside terrain on the Westside of Paso are sustainably farmed. Our soils range from calcareous limestone on the hill tops to clay & loam near the bottoms of the gentle hills & we took advantage of the subtleties of the soils by choosing the optimum varietals to plant.
    • First Date Planted: 1998
    • Last Date Planted: 2010
    • Soil Types: calcareous limestone, clay & loam
    • Harvest Method: Hand Harvested
    • Wineries Supplied: Through the years we have sourced our fruit to some of the most prestigious wineries in Paso Robles including Chateau Margene, RN Estate and Linne Calodo however in 2010 we decided to stop sourcing fruit to other wineries and use it all for our Ecluse label.
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 6.7 acres

    • Petite Sirah | .6 acres

    • Mourvèdre | .5 acres

    • Syrah | 5.3 acres

    • Grenache | 1.1 acres

    • Malbec | .5 acres

    • Petit Verdot | 1.1 acres

    • Zinfandel | 4.1 acres

    • Tannat | 1.0 acres

  • Press & Accolades
  • Press

    • Jun 2017 | The top vineyards all around the U.S.

    Accolades

    • 2014 Insider , Vinous, Nov 2017, 91 Points
    • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinous, Nov 2017, 91 Points
    • 2014 Ensemble, Vinous, Nov 2017, 91 Points
    • 2014 Improv, Vinous, Nov 2017, 90 Points
    • 2014 Syrah, Vinous, Nov 2017, 90 Points
    • 2014 Ensemble, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Jul 2017, Gold Medal
    • 2014 Syrah, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 92 Points
    • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 92 Points
    • 2014 Zinfandel, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 92 Points
    • 2014 Improv, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 91 Points
    • 2014 Rendition, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 90 Points
    • 2014 Petite Sirah, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 90 Points
    • 2014 Ensemble, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2017, 90 Points
    • 2014 Petite Sirah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Double Gold
    • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Double Gold
    • 2014 Zinfandel, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Double Gold
    • 2014 Improv, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Gold Medal
    • 2014 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Gold Medal
    • 2014 Insider, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Gold Medal
    • 2014 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Gold Medal
    • 2014 Syrah , San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2017, Silver Medal
    • 2013 Syrah, Vinous, Sep 2016, 91 Points
    • 2013 Zinfandel, Vinous, Sep 2016, 90 Points
    • Insider, Inaugural Blend, Vinous, Sep 2016, 90 Points
    • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2016, 94 Points
    • 2013 Ensemble, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Jun 2016, Double Gold
    • 2013 Improv, Wine Enthusiast, May 2016, 93 Points
    • 2013 Rendition, Wine Enthusiast, May 2016, 92 Points
    • 2013 Ensemble, Wine Enthusiast, May 2016, 92 Points
    • 2013 Petite Sirah, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2016, 90 Points, Cellar Selection
    • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Feb 2016, Gold Medal
    • 2013 Ensemble, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Feb 2016, Gold Medal
    • 2013 Rendition, Toast to the Coast Wine Competition, Feb 2016, Gold Medal, Best Red Rhone Blend
    • 2013 Ensemble, Toast to the Coast Wine Competition, Feb 2016, Gold Medal
    • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Double Gold
    • 2013 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Best of Class
    • 2013 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Double Gold
    • 2013 Zinfandel, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Double Gold
    • 2013 Improv, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Gold Medal
    • 2013 Grenache, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Gold Medal
    • 2013 Petite Sirah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Silver Medal
    • 2014 Prelude, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2016, Silver Medal
    • 2012 Ensemble, Vinous, Sep 2015, 91 Points
    • 2012 Improv, Vinous, Sep 2015, 91 Points
    • 2012 Zinfandel, Vinous, Sep 2015, 90 Points
    • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinous, Sep 2015, 90 Points
    • 2012 Ensemble, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Jun 2015, Gold Medal, 92 Points
    • 2012 Ensemble, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Mar 2015, Double Gold
    • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Mar 2015, Gold Medal
    • 2012 Zinfandel, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2015, Gold Medal
    • 2012 Petite Sirah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2015, Gold Medal
    • 2012 Syrah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2015, Silver Medal
    • 2012 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2015, Silver Medal
    • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2015, Silver Medal
    • Finis, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2015, Silver Medal
    • 2012 Improv, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Sep 2014, Double Gold
    • 2012 Rendition, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Sep 2014, Gold Medal
    • 2012 Petite Sirah, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Sep 2014, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Syrah, Sunset International Wine Competition, Jun 2014, Gold Medal, Best of Class
    • 2011 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2014, Gold Medal
    • 2011 Ensemble, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2013, Double Gold
    • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2013, Gold Medal
    • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2011 Ensemble, Stephen Tanzer, Dec 2013, 90 Points
    • 2007 Rendition, Sunset International Wine Competition, Sep 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2010 Improv, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2013, Double Gold
    • 2010 Grenache, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2013, Double Gold
    • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2013, 92 Points
    • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2013, 91 Points
    • 2010 Ensemble, Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2013, 90 Points
    • 2010 Syrah, Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2013, 90 Points
    • 2010 Syrah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Double Gold
    • 2010 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Gold Medal
    • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Gold Medal
    • Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvee, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2010 Zinfandel, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2010 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2010 Improv, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2010 Prelude, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2013, Silver Medal
    • 2010 Ensemble, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jan 2013, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jan 2013, Gold Medal
    • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jan 2013, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Petite Sirah, The Rhone Report, Jeb Dunnuck, Dec 2012, 90 Points
    • 2010 Syrah, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2012, 90 Points
    • 2010 Ensemble, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2012, 90 Points
    • 2010 Improv, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2012, 90 Points
    • 2010 Prelude, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2012, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Viognier, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2012, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Syrah, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2012, Gold Medal
    • 2009 Improv, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2012, Gold Medal
    • 2010 Petite Sirah, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2012, Silver Medal
    • 2007 Rendition, Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Jul 2012, Silver Medal
    • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2012, Gold Medal
    • 2009 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2012, Gold Medal
    • 2009 Syrah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2012, Silver Medal
    • 2007 Syrah, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2011, 91 Points
    • 2009 Zinfandel, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2011, 90 Points
    • 2007 Ensemble, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2011, 90 Points
    • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2011, 90 Points
    • 2009 Grenache, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2011, 90 Points
    • 2009 Petite Sirah, Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2011, 90 Points
    • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2011, Best Red Wine - Sweepstakes Award
    • 2008 Improv, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2011, Silver Medal
    • 2007 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2011, Silver Medal
    • 2007 Syrah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2011, Silver Medal
    • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2010, Gold Medal
    • 2006 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2010, Gold Medal
    • 2007 Improv, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2010, Silver Medal
    • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2010, Silver Medal
    • 2008 Prelude, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2010, Silver Medal
    • 2006 Ensemble, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Sep 2009, 95 Points
    • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Sep 2009, 94 Points
    • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Sep 2009, 92 Points
    • 2007 Rendition, Robert Parker, Aug 2009, 91 Points
    • 2006 Syrah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2009, Gold Medal
    • 2006 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2009, Silver Medal
    • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2009, Silver Medal
    • 2006 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2009, Silver Medal
    • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2008, 94 Points
    • 2006 Ensemble, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2008, 93 Points
    • 2006 Rendition, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2008, 92 Points
    • 2006 Syrah, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2008, 90 Points
    • 2005 Rendition, Robert Parker, Aug 2008, 90 Points
    • 2006 Rendition, Robert Parker, Aug 2008, 90 Points
    • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Aug 2008, Silver Medal
    • 2005 Rendition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2008, Gold Medal, Best of Class
    • 2005 Ensemble, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2008, Gold Medal, Best of Class
    • 2005 Syrah, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Jan 2008, Gold Medal
    • 2005 Ensemble, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2007, 93 Points
    • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Dec 2007, 90 Points
    • 2004 Syrah, Robert Parker, Aug 2006, 90 Points
    • 2002 Syrah, Robert Parker, Aug 2004, 90 Points