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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.


Vineyard

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.

Biodynamic farming is a method of farming is based on the philosophy that our entire property is a living organism. We use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers (much like organic farming), and, in addition, we farm by the phases of the planets and the moon, similar to the old Farmer's Almanac, and treat our vineyards with various preparations to promote health and vitality in the soil, plants, and animals. While organic farming is mainly focused on the plant, biodynamic farming applies these same principles to the entire ecosystem here at Jada.

 

 

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)

 

Varieties Planted:  

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)

 

 

Varietal Map

Soil Map