Jan 14, 2013 11:49 PM by Jeanette Trompeter
The owners of Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery plan an expansion of sustainable farming techniques with the purchase of the former Weyrich estate in Paso Robles.
The Merrill family has purchased the 278 acres in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles AVA. Dana Merrill is one of the founders of the Central Coast Vineyard Team for SIP (Sustainable in Practice) Certification.
Currently 93 acres of the acquired property are planted with Rhône, Bordeaux and Italian varietals that thrive in the growing conditions there. Plans are already underway to SIP certify this vineyard. An estimated 60 acres have been identified as suitable for additional planting.
Located on Creston Ridge Road, near the intersection of South El Pomar Road and Creston Road, the vines on this property are influenced by the same calcareous soils, steep south-facing slopes and Templeton Gap breezes that the Merrill family has long appreciated about the El Pomar District.
The El Pomar District is home to vineyards that produce for brands such as Justin Vineyards & Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, E. & J. Gallo Winery, and Still Waters Vineyards.
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