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A Brief History of Time & Wine at Adelaida

Just like our 50-year-old HMR Vineyard, Adelaida's roots run deep. As one of the pioneers of the Paso Robles AVA and the Adelaida Distict, many have witnessed our evolution over the last 34 years. With time and hard work Adelaida Cellars has grown. We would not be where we are today if it weren't for the efforts and dedication of those who came before us and those who worked alongside us.

In 1964, Dr. Stanley Hoffman planted the first Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir vines in the craggy hillside terrain of what is now the HMR Vineyard in Paso Robles' Adelaida District. In 1967, Dr. Hofffman planted some of the regions first Cabernet Sauvignon vines and continued in 1973 to plant Chardonnay in the HMR Vineyard.

The Van Steenwyk family aquired Hilltop Ranch in the 1970's located just up the road from the HMR Vineyard. Shortly thereafter, they began spending weekends at the old farmhouse on the property.

In 1981, the first vintage of Adelaida Cabernet was made by John Munch followed by the first vintage of Chardonnay in 1982.

In 1991, the Van Steenwyk's and John Munch became partners and built the first Tasting Room on the present property that is now home to Adelaida Cellars. That same year the Van Steenwyk's, having purchased the Viking Ranch in the 1980's, 
planted the Viking Vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. A few years later, the family purchased the 419 acres of the original 1,200 acre Hoffman Mountain Ranch and began restoring the vineyards to good health. This included the original HMR Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir.

After parting ways with John Munch in 1999, the Van Steenwyk family continued to plant the remaining five Estate Vineyards.

2002-2008 Anna's Vineyard on the HMR Ranch was planted to Rhône red and Rhône white varieties.

2002 Bobcat Crossing Vineyard was planted along the road leading to Adelaida Cellars. The Vineyard is home to three Portuguese varieties as well as Muscat Blanc.

2004 Michael's Vineyard was planted on the HMR Ranch. 22 acres of dry-farmed, head-trained Zinfandel. The planting materials came from bud wood of two of the oldest vineyards in Paso Robles.

2007 Upper VikingVineyard was planted on a chalk rock mesa on the Viking Ranch. It is home to our Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvingon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petite Verdot.

2013 Surf Song Vineyard, with Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, and Carignane planted, is dry-famed and slated for first fruit use in 2017.

In 2012, Adelaida welcomed Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub. Prior to Jeremy's arrival on the Central Coast, Jeremy was winemaker for Seavey Vineyard in Napa. During his time there, Jeremy gained critical acclaim for his distinctive wines.

A lot of exciting things happened in 2014. We remodeled our production facility, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the HMR Pinot Noir Vineyard, at which Dr. Stanley Hoffman was our honored guest, and the Adelaida District of Paso Robles was approved. Having broken ground on a new Hospitality Center and Tasting Room in January, located where the old family farmhouse once stood, Adelaida guests will soon be able to enjoy the same views that the Van Steenwyks family fell in love with over 30 years ago.

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