About the Elliptical Society
Le Cuvier derives its name from the French, & translates as a place where barrels & tanks are stored. Located in the hills to the west of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast, Le Cuvier was originally licensed in 1983.
A new three level winery was built into the hillside at the original site in 2011. Case goods storage & barrel aging are essentially subterranean rooms, & use ambient earth temperature & night air venting for all cooling. The multi level configuration allows for wine transfer directly to barrel by gravity from fermentation tanks & the wine press. Also under ground, a wine library was built with capacity for over 9,000 bottles. The Library holds a collection of Le Cuvier wines going back to the winery’s first vintage, & provides intimate seating for small dinners & private tastings.
The winery produces in the range of 3,500 cases per year, all from grapes sourced from vineyards in the hills on the West Side of Paso Robles. Le Cuvier wines are typically aged three years or longer in barrel, & virtually all wines are sold at the winery. A full commercial kitchen was included at the tasting room level, & provides the ability to offer a different hors d’oeuvres pairing with each wine.