PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Thirty years ago Robert Haas had a vision for a vineyard on the Central Coast.
He partnered with the Perrin family of France and pioneered Californian's Rhone wine movement.
His son Jason Haas is continuing his legacy.
“The category of Rhone varieties was something that has exploded over the last 25 years as the clones that we brought in came into circulation,” said Partner and General Manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard Jason Haas.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard celebrates their anniversary by paying homage to their heritage.
“I'm the third generation in my family to be in the wine business. My grandfather ran what had been a gourmet food and butcher shop that was on the ball enough to get the first retail liquor license in New York after prohibition,” said Haas.
Guest enjoyed the special day with wine tastings and a blending seminar.
“They just do an excellent job and they are trying to grow all the grapes from the Rhone region of France and no one else in Paso does that,” said wine member Sue Deininger.
The Rhone grapes the Haas family brought to California have made a legacy of the vineyard.
“We have provided vines for more than 600 vineyards up and down the west coast, ” said Haas.
And many travel far to get a taste of Tablas unique wines.
“This is our first trip at Tablas Creek and we love it, we will be back,” said Fresco resident
“It suffices to say that it is an amazing place. The location, the oak trees, the wild animals. It's just amazing,” said Escodido resident Marvin Rivei.
Tablas Creek is pioneering something else unique, they just received a bio-dynamic certification.
“Which is the farming communities highest level of sustainability, it's beyond organic, it's creating a self substantiating farm,” said Haas.