Broken Earth Winery

Broken Earth Winery
5625 Hwy 46 E
Paso Robles, CA  93446

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Tasting Room Open Daily 10-5

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Estate grown wine, sustainable farming practices, café and picnic grounds, gift shop, weddings and receptions, corporate events, wine education

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Like its exceptional estate wines, the name for Broken Earth Winery was born in the vineyard. Rancho Tierra Rejada (land of the worked earth) Vineyard was first planted in 1973, on a 2,500 acre ranch by the same name. The 522-acre vineyard was one of the region’s first commercial vineyards and sold its premium winegrapes to Napa Valley wineries for decades. Today, these highly coveted grapes stay in Paso Robles, in the capable hands of Broken Earth’s esteemed winemaker, Chris Cameron. 
 
Born in Australia, he has an amazing résumé that covers the globe and 35 harvests, from Australia, to Italy, to Turkey, to the United States. His talent has been recognized with the award for Best Merlot Worldwide at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, and Australia’s revered Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. Chris came to Paso Robles in 2007 and joined Broken Earth at its birth. Since then, Broken Earth wines have been awarded more than 100 medals including 5 Best in Class and 15 Golds in nationally recognized wine shows.
 
The winery produces five different brands: Broken Earth, Shimmin Canyon, Pull, Quadrant, and SWN. Each brand expresses a style and price point that appeals to a specific market. Across the board, the wines are beautifully structured and balanced—true representations of their unique terroir.
 
The tasting room sits on magnificent grounds graced with Italian Cypress trees. Adjacent to the expansive tasting room, the new Gusto Gourmet Market & Café serves handcrafted panini and other tempting local foodie products. Broken Earth is committed to sustainability. It was one of the first wineries in California to operate on 100 percent solar power. In fact, it produces enough electricity to power 100 homes for a year. The vineyard is Certified California Sustainable, and everyone works to create wines in the most efficient way possible.
 

An Interview with Director of Winemaking Chris Cameron

T&T: What first led you to Paso Robles in 2007?
CC: I was recruited by a small, ultra-premium winery in Paso Robles and felt that with my 30+ years of international experience, I had something to contribute in identifying the region’s strengths and potential.
T&T: Is there a wine in your current portfolio that would surprise us? For what reason?
CC: The Reserve 2010 Petit Verdot. It contradicts its basic varietal characteristics. Typically, Petit Verdot is used almost exclusively for blending. It adds backbone to a blend because of its physical nature. However, I have completed seven harvests here and consistently each year it has been the strongest performer. Paso Robles Petit Verdot has the strength and character to be a stand-alone varietal with the hallmarks of its physical presence, plus fruit concentration, and elegance in structure.
T&T: As an internationally trained wine show judge, how do you think wine competitions impact winemaking?
CC: Regional styles and terroir aside, modern winemaking has identified many faults in wine that, when addressed, make the wine dramatically better quality. Wine show judging needs to identify these faults and assess whether or not they are detrimental to the wine’s quality or form part of its overall complexity. It can be a very fine line. Wines cannot become too clinical and soulless as a result of ‘over treating’ because the personalities of the style and the region are a major part of the attraction. For me, I prefer wines that are typically ‘clean’ and better represent the true fruit profile of each wine. Purity of fruit, varietal definition, and regional and vineyard terroir are all important factors.

Broken Earth Winery label

Amenities

Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

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