History

Shortly after John Munch moved to Paso Robles in 1978, he acquired a bond to build a winery at his home property. Located at 3333 Vine Hill Lane, this served as the original bonded site of Adelaida Cellars, which John founded in 1981. He and his partners subsequently settled on a vineyard and winery site further west, but the bond remained intact, as did John’s dream of someday building a winery there…

Fast forward to 2010: After a dozen years of producing Le Cuvier wines in a funky but appropriately-sized shed way out on Adelaida Road, John and his business partner Mary Fox finalized plans to build a new winery at 3333 Vine Hill Lane. Our first harvest at the new place was in 2011; the tasting room officially opened Harvest Festival Weekend in October of that year. The entire operation—crush pad, production area, barrel room and wine library—were built into the narrow hillside, making for a compact and efficient facility with the spectacular views that lured John up Vine Hill Lane three decades earlier.