My first introduction to Adelaida came more than 20 years ago when a good friend of mine did their very first wine logo. It was one of the first wineries I ever visited, simply because I thought it was so cool Kiki did the label. Now I return because of the beautiful drive out there and the wines and people I find when I get there.
Adelaida is a place with a rich history. It was once a bustling little community in the late 1800’s. It was largely Mennonite settlers who lived and worked there and it was a stopping place for traders and travelers coming from the coast to the missions and towns inland. You can still find the old cemetery along Vineyard Drive on your way to or from the place coming from the south. There is also a schoolhouse.
In 1920, pianist and composer Ignace Jan Paderewski planted petite syrah and Zinfandel grapes after he retreated to Paso Robles’ hot springs to cure the severe pain in his hands. The acclaim for those plantings would eventually lead to what is now known as the Adelaida district of Paso Robles. Now, when locals talk about Adelaida, they are usually talking about a region where they may live, a road, or this great winery.
Adelaida Cellars is a family-owned operation located in the mountains of Paso Robles, at about 1700 feet elevation, and 14 miles as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards range in elevation from 1700-2000 above sea level. They are marked by the calcareous soils, warm days and cool nights thanks to that wonderful marine influence.
It includes the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the region, planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman in the 1960’s on the Hoffman Mountain Ranch (HMR Estate Vineyard) right next to the Paderewski ranch. The Van Steenwyk family purchased the hilltop ranch in 1970 and has added parcels through the years. (Hey, Minnesota members --Including the VIKING Estate Vineyard! I not only love the name, I love the wines from this amazing 10 acre parcel.)
The Adelaida tasting room is among the top of my list of recommendations for people wanting to sample a great variety of wines by the nicest and most knowledgeable staff anywhere. They know what they’re talking about, but you never get the sense they are doing anything but chatting with you as they share the gift of their knowledge.
Adelaida's 2007 Estate HMR Pinot Noir was named one of the top 100 Wines of the World by Wine Enthusiast. They are SIP certified (Sustainable in practice) which means they treat the land with some level of respect. I like that. Adelaida produces more than 25 wines and we have chosen what I think is a wonderful selection for you to sample the wonderful history and fruits of the wine to be found at this Ruby Shoes Featured Winery.