A BRIEF HISTORY
Hells' Kitchen, one of Jada's award-winning Rhone blends.
In 1999, the Messina family purchased 90 acres of hillside land on the west-side of Paso Robles in an area known as the Templeton Gap/Willowcreek District along the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Initially barley, 11 varietals & 19 clones now comprise 65 acres of estate vineyard at Jada.
In 2005, the first Jada wines (1400 cases) were produced at neighboring Denner Vineyards.
Jack of Hearts Petit Verdot Blend, recognized as one of the first distinctive Bordeaux blends to come out of the Paso Robles AVA.
In 2008, construction on a 9600 square foot, gravity-flow production facility and winery was completed.
Within one year of opening the tasting room (April 2009), Jada’s wine club had grown to over 1,000 members and our Jersey Girl Syrah took home the coveted Chairman's Class Award at the Long Beach Grand Cru.
Jada now produces 3,000 cases of award-winning, all-estate Rhone & Bordeaux-style wines and over 2,000 members are actively enrolled in the wine club program.
BIODYNAMIC FARMING PRACTICES.
Jada Vineyard lies in an incredible pocket in the hills of the Santa Lucia Coastal Range on the west side of Paso Robles. A low spot (1700 ft) in the range directly west of the vineyard funnels cool coastal air from the Pacific Ocean through the corridor commonly referred to as the Templeton Gap. Blessed with abundant sunshine throughout the growing season, the maritime influence moderates the heat and provides incredibly cool evenings. As a result, harvest generally occurs near the end of October and the beginning of November. This long maturation process allows for superb development of color & intensity in character while maintaining acidity.
To wine growers, the beauty here is found beyond, in fact beneath, the surface. Under the shallow topsoil of clay loam lie massive deposits of calcareous shale and pockets of limestone. This challenging environment contributes to reduced vigor in the vines and decreased berry size, which plays a huge part in the intensity of the fruit and imparts a complex underlying minerality.
Location: Westside (Willow Creek District) Paso Robles, CA
Geology: Shallow topsoil of clay-loam over calcareous shale & limestone; well-drained, lean, and challenging
Average Elevation: 1,200 ft.
Temperature: 40-50 ° F temp. swings
Exposure of Slope: Southwest
Acres Planted: 58+
Year Planted: 1999 (1st planting) / 2008 (last Rhone update)
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Spacing: 8’x3’ (1815 vines/acre) & 8’x6’ (908 vines/acre)