We are a family company dedicated to the concept that truly great wine results from talented people controlling the entire winemaking process from the vineyard to the glass. Founder Richard Ninerís attachment to farming started early as he grew up farming a small plot of land with his father in rural West Virginia. Niner then followed a somewhat unusual path from farm to vineyard: after putting himself through college and graduate school, he spent over 30 years investing in small businesses. In 1996, one of these business deals brought him to San Luis Obispo County, where he found a renewed passion for farming and saw a bright future in the local wine industry.
VINEYARD TO GLASS WINEMAKING
At Niner Wine Estates we only make wine from grapes we grow ourselves. From vineyard to glass our entire team is working together with a singular goal in mind: to provide you with wines that combine within them a true expression of our vineyards and the creativity of our people. We farm three separate estate vineyards: Bootjack Ranch resting on the Eastern side of the Paso AVA, Heart Hill Vineyard settled on the Western side, and Jespersen Vineyard nestled in the Edna Valley AVA to the south. Each vineyard has very different soil profiles and climates resulting in three very unique representations of terrior.
Since the inception of Niner Wine Estates, sustainability has been of major importance to us. Both our tasting room and production winery are LEED Certified, and two of our vineyards are SIP Certified with the third in the process of receiving its own certification. We are constantly working to preserve our land and act as responsible, proactive, and influential members of our community. As a family owned company, we approach the vineyards, the wine and our people with a long-term view and consistently challenge our own processes in order to reduce resource use.