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Wine Tasting
Calcareous wines, inspired by the land
 ‘Let the soil speak,’ says winemaker Jason Joyce
Calcareous Vineyards, on the west side of Paso Robles, is the realization of a vision of the
winery’s father and daughter founders, Lloyd Messer and Dana Brown. Winemaker Jason Joyce, in telling the the story of the family’s discovery of the Paso Robles wine region, said “Calcareous Vineyards was started by Lloyd Messer
and his daughter Dana
Brown. Together they
operated a beer and
wine distribution
company based
in Iowa. They
discovered the
wines of Paso
Robles in the
early 90’s and
were early sup-
porters of the region.
They made frequent trips
to the area to discover new wineries to distribute. During these visits they fell in love with the idea of creating their own wines and in 1998 they sold their business and bought property on the west side of Paso Robles to pursue their new dream.”
Jason continues, relating the next part of the Calcareous story, “Lloyd passed away in 2007, the same year the winery building was finished. Dana was determined to fulfill their family dream and car- ried on the production of Calcare- ous wines.” Winemaker Jason Joyce says that he has been with Calcare- ous since 2007, joining as Assistant Winemaker and becoming Head Winemaker in 2010.
It was the land of Calcareous Vineyards that first inspired Lloyd and Dana, and it is the land that continues to inspire the winemak- ing there now. Jason says, “The overriding philosophy behind the production of Calcareous wines is to stay true to the land. The exact location of the vineyards, with their unique combination of soil
and climate, is what makes for
the possibility of producing
a unique wine. The limestone rich
soils produce small yields that in turn create
intense fruit concentrated flavors, tannins and acid.” The win- ery’s name, Calcareous, refers to a type of limestone soil. Their motto for the wines is, “Let the soil speak.”
Jason gives credit to the land of Calcareous for determining much of what defines Calcareous wines. He says, “This land gives us the ability to produce muscular wines, and we don’t want to shy away from that. There are risks involved in pushing the envelope to achieve proper vine stress, ripeness, extrac- tion, and concentration in the wine. But our philosophy is to embrace that risk and produce the best pos- sible wine we can each time we get the chance.”
According to Jason, Calcareous has established a reputation for their Rhone blends, both red and white, their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blend as well as their Zinfandel. They grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvè- dre, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on their estate vine- yards. Over the years of produc-
ing wine, Calcareous has received many 90+ ratings. The most recent accomplishment was receiving 16th place on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2021 with their 2018
Devil’s Canyon Syrah which scored 94 points. Calcareous currently produces 12,000 cases annually.
Their mountain top tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with reservations available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During your visit to Calcare- ous Vineyard, you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Salinas Valley along with a flight of wine paired with lunch from the full menu. The menu offers small bites to satiate your craving, or a full lunch that is both delicious and filling. “Enjoy the wine, the atmosphere, the company and feel for yourself the land that produces the wine,” invites Jason.
Visit Calcareous Vineyards at 3430 Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles.. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Call (805) 239-0289 or visit for reservations.
-Sadie Mae Mace
  Jason Joyce
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