Villa Creek Cellars was founded in 2001 by Cris and JoAnn Cherry. The Cherry's goal was to harness the extreme terroir of the west side of Paso Robles and to engage the palates of wine aficionados and novice consumers alike.
Winemaker Cris Cherry's passion for wine stems from the world of fine cuisine. As owner and wine director of Villa Creek Restaurant, Cris created a diverse list featuring fine boutique producers from around the globe. This global influence has helped to shape wines he creates at. JoAnn's experience as a designer and her passion for old world wines that are rich yet complex and terrior driven have further influenced the wines at Villa Creek. Cris crafts wines that show their sense of place. JoAnn designs the labels that characterize what goes into the bottle.
The wines of Villa Creek are hands on in every sense. 3,000 case production ensures that Cris can not only over see, but be hands on in every step of production. The 3,000 square foot winery boasts state of the art equipment that allows for the best of old and new world techniques. The grapes are sourced from the finest organically or sustainable farmed vineyards in the appellation including James Berry Vineyard, Denner Vineyard and Luna Matta Vineyard which recently received it's Demeter Biodynamic certification.
In 2003 the Cherry's purchased 60 acres that bears remarkable resemblance to some of the great Southern Rhone estates. This extreme west Paso terrain, on the same parallel as James Berry vineyard, but just 2 miles north, promises exiting future vintages. The Maha Estate, as it is known, boasts elevations from 1,500 to 1,800 feet and mostly south facing slopes. Calcareous and salicious shale soils are perfect for growing Rhone varietals of character and complexity. The Maha will see it's initial planting in spring of 2012 with 4 acres of biodynamically farmed Spanish Grenache. The Cherry's home and winery are on this same property.
"Winemaker Cris Cherry continues to push the whole cluster and savory style in his wines, while not losing the core of fruit that the region is known for. These new releases all have rich, tannic profiles that benefit from air, and will be even better in another year or two." - Wine Advocate 8/2014
"Proprietor Cris Cherry describes 2012 as similar to 2010, but riper than 2011 and less challenging than 2013 in terms of managing alcohols and sugars. Cherry is among the many producers who have backed off the ripeness levels of years past, while increasing the use of whole clusters and neutral oak, all of which allow the wines to express gorgeous varietal and site-specific nuance. Villa Creek doesn't get as much attention as some of the higher-profile properties in town, but the wines are as good as anything coming out of Paso Robles these days. Readers who haven't tasted these wines in a few years are missing out." - Vinous by Antonio Galloni 7/2014
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