The Willow Creek Wine Collective

The Willow Creek Wine Collective is a family of brands producing high quality, boutique wines.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • About
    The Willow Creek Wine Collective, founded on the Brown family's SōNA Estate, is a family of farmers and artisans brought together by passion, terroir, and an incessant need to always keep moving forward. WCWC currently represents SōNA, Rococo, Emerson Brown, and Sonría Wines.

    SōNA Estate began in 2016 when the Brown family secured a ten-acre parcel on the west side of Paso Robles. The property came with a 40 year old fruit orchard, which contained unidentified cultivars of peaches, plums, and apples. This heirloom orchard sparked a vision to use the SōNA estate to preserve California and American varieties of wine grapes and cider apples that are adapted to our local terroir, but have fallen out of favor commercially.

    Rococo Wines started in 2016 with a small production of Chenin Blanc from 40 year-old own-rooted vines in Santa Barbara County. Now, Rococo is slowly expanding to produce small lot wines from other premier vineyards in the neighborhood.

    Emerson Brown Wines is a project that originated in 2005 with a small vineyard in Oakville and a desire to produce high quality, accessible Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Sonría Wines is Keith Emerson's Willamette Valley project. He has been sourcing from Shea Vineyard since 2009 to produce quality Pinot Noirs.

  • Vineyard Details
    • The SōNA Estate currently consists of 4 acres of Syrah and Petite Sirah. The Brown family chose to plant clones that were brought over by immigrants over 150 years ago and have adapted to California's climate.
    • First Date Planted: 2017
    • Last Date Planted: 2017
    • Row Orientations: North
    • Row Spacings: 8' x 3'
    • Trellis Type: Guyot
    • Rootstock: 1616C
    • Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Irrigated
    • Soil Types: Silty Clay
    • Slope Description: Flat
    • Aspect: Leans towards the South
    • Harvest Method: Hand Harvested
  • Varieties Grown
    • Petite Sirah | 2 acres

    • Syrah Noir | 2 acres