Wine Talk is a short feature here at 805 Wine Country where we go behind the wines and ask winemakers their thoughts on inspiration, journey and progression in the wine world… or whatever else may flow when the bottle’s uncorked.
We caught up recently with Dr. Jean-Pierre Wolff. Here’s what’s new at Wolff Vineyards.
What brought you to this point in time (as a winemaker, in life, or however you want to answer)?
Although I have a scientific and engineering background, I always had an interest in agriculture. When younger, I enjoyed experiencing the atmosphere and observing the lifestyle of small wineries both in Europe and California. Eventually, I decided to transition from a successful career to become a vintner and grape grower.
With so many businesses facing huge reductions in on-site visitors, what are some ways you are staying in touch with your customers?
We have increased our e-commerce business offerings with discounted shipping charges and special order bundling rates. We have also increased our social media presence through Facebook, Instagram and targeted e-mails, which share timely information about the winery.
Do you have any upcoming projects or new wines that you would like to share with the public?
This summer we will release a Bordeaux style 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from fruit sourced in Paso Robles. We are planning to add Cabernet Sauvignon as a permanent offering to our red wine line up. We will also release a 2018 Sparkling Wine, Method Champenoise Blanc de Blanc Brut produced with 100% Old Vines Chardonnay grapes from our 45 years old vineyard block. We are excited about these two new winery programs.
We believe that wine is made in the vineyard, generally speaking 80 percent of the effort and activities is farming centric. It is impossible to make a world class wine with mediocre grapes but it is possible to make a mediocre wine with world class grapes!
Our wine-making philosophy and practices are based on minimal intervention and making environmentally sound decisions in farming and vinification. We were one of the first three vineyards to become SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) 11 years ago when this new sustainability farming program was launched.