Fabulous Eco-Winemakers: Part 4

Allegretto Vineyards

Douglas Ayres and Enrique Torres of Allegretto Wines (Allegretto Vineyard and Willow Creek Vineyard)

Tell us about the sustainable and eco-friendly practices at the vineyard: Allegretto Wines utilizes sustainable practices in both vineyards by emphasizing biodynamic farming practices that provide optimal times for sowing, transplanting, cultivation and harvesting using biodynamic preparations. These practices promote the forces that work dynamically within the soil, compost and plants to ultimately provide healthier vines, earth and health. Doug’s belief is that superior quality fruit begins in the vineyard in order to craft exceptional estate wines.

Tell us about the varietals you make: The Allegretto Estate Vineyard, surrounding the resort, was planted in 2012 with seven acres of vines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tannat, Merlot, Viognier and Vermentino. The first harvest was in 2015, which coincided with the opening of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.

In 2013, Douglas Ayres acquired the 40-acre Willow Creek Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, with 18-acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997. Today other estate varietals include Malbec, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot.

What are a few wines that readers should try right now?

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Willow Creek Vineyard

Estate Grown 2021 Duetto White Wine Blend

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