Working in the wine industry definitely has its perks. For instance, our dear friends Dana and Marsha Merrill of Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery recently purchased an additional 278 acres in the El Pomar District of the Paso Robles AVA, and…they’re going to live on the property. Lucky ducks! That means when they wake up in the morning and look out their window, this is a lot like what they’ll see.
Of course, it isn’t all about the view. The expansive acreage, formerly of the Weyrich estate, has its own distinctive terroir while remaining solidly consistent with the growing conditions of the El Pomar District. Existing facilities on the property also provide infrastructure to support the Merrill’s other “baby,” Mesa Vineyard Management, in addition to private wine-related functions.
The El Pomar District is home to vineyards that produce notable wines for brands such as Justin Vineyards & Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and Still Waters Vineyards. Recent expansion of vineyards in this area is directly aligned with the growth of its recognition for producing sought-after flavor profiles. Located on Creston Ridge Road, near the intersection of South El Pomar Road and Creston Road, the vines on Pomar Junction’s newest acreage 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 dedicated work of wine industry pioneers, Dana Merrill among them, has led to a growing appreciation of this sub-region for its one-of-a-kind terroir and terroir-reflecting wines.
“Finding another vineyard that fits so naturally with our current winemaking standards has brought about many exciting opportunities and ideas,” said Matt Merrill, General Manager of Pomar Junction. He continued, “We look forward to increasing the Pomar Junction repertoire significantly.”
Currently, the new purchase is planted to 93 acres of Rhône, Bordeaux and Italian varietals that thrive in these growing conditions. The maturity of existing vines will allow immediate production of wines from this property, and plans are underway to certify it as Sustainable In Practice (SIP), continuing the responsible farming methods found throughout Merrill properties. Also, as future opportunities allow for growth, an estimated 60 acres have been identified as suitable for additional planting.
The El Pomar District continues to gain recognition through the growth of vineyard presence, accolades for their wines and praise from consumers. Incorporation of this property allows Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery a spectacular new resource to encourage the continued development of their quality wine profile, memorable wine country experience and expanded exposure of the El Pomar District as a distinguished wine growing region.