The intricately designed 32-point compass rose is a symbol found on Old World maps and every bottle of Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines. The compass was chosen when Ed Sellers, a passionate entrepreneur, sailor, and pilot, set a new course for his family and started a 30-acre vineyard and artisan winery on the Westside of Paso Robles.
Ed and his wife Dani discovered the booming farm community of Paso Robles, California in 2003 and instantly fell in love. As Rhône varietal enthusiasts, the couple was particularly inspired when they learned that the growing conditions of the area closely resemble those of southeastern France. More specifically, they purchased land in the Templeton Gap corridor, which provides rocky soils and a microclimate that is cooled by breezes created by the Santa Lucia Coastal Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. The days are clear and sunny, with temperatures often reaching into the high 90s. But mist rolls in through the mountain pass by late afternoon, and temperatures drop as much as 40 degrees. This fluctuation is critical to attain the intense flavors in the estate’s Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc.
“Distinctive” and “beautiful” are just two fitting adjectives for the small lot wines in the winery’s portfolio. “Popular” and “praiseworthy” are two more. In fact, Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines was listed in the March 2009 issue of Wine Spectator on the list of “10 Emerging California Rhône Producers”, quite an honor with so many great Rhône produces in California.
As anyone visiting the Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines tasting room will discover, Rhône-style grapes have taken well to the growing conditions of Paso Robles. And Dani, Ethan and Ed, and the rest of the crew have taken well to the business of growing fine artisan wines.