Dr. Warren Frankel, his wife Kathy and their three children moved to Paso Robles from the San Fernando Valley in 1979 with a vision for a simpler life. The Frankel family first planted 20 acres of pistachios’ on the ranch, followed by 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After initial success with both plantings, Dr. Frankel expanded the vineyard operation in 1997 with more Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Zinfandel and 10 acres of Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Viognier are the most recent additions to the vineyard.

With the potential for a tasting room and winery that could showcase the estate vineyard fruit and become a destination for wine and art aficionados, Dr. Frankel broke ground on the winery in 2006 and opened for business in October 2007. Sculpterra now features a fine portfolio of ultra premium wines, fine art and a multi million dollar sculpture garden that greet our guests and make for a memorable wine tasting experience.

In 2002, Dr. Frankel joined with other doctors and founded “His Healing Hands“, a medical missionary foundation that sends medical missionary teams on short-term trips all over the world to care for the most needy under-privileged peoples on all five continents. They also respond to catastrophic disasters and have been invited to provide medical relief work in Indonesia after the Tsunami, Pakistan after the earthquake and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Read more about Dr. Frankel’s Medical Missionary work in his new book. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sculpterra wine are donated to “His Healing Hands”.

THE FRANKEL FAMILY

Growing up in the lower east side of Manhattan Island, Warren Frankel knew city life well. As a child, Warren never imagined that he would one day be a grape grower, raising a family and building a medical practice in the oak covered rolling hills of Paso Robles, California. It was after 25 years of attending Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, that Dr. Frankel began to sense the yearnings for feeling the dirt beneath his feet and to harvest a crop off the land. Following his residency at U.C.L.A., and the opening of his medical practice in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California he began to take his desire for a simpler and more self-reliant lifestyle seriously. His wife Kathy who was a horse enthusiast shared the same down-to-earth ideals, so they packed up their three children, the medical practice and moved to a 90 acre ranch in the Linne Valley of Paso Robles in 1979.

With its small town charm and picturesque ranches, historic Paso Robles was the ideal location to raise a family, build the medical practice and live out the dream of farming. The Frankel family first planted 20 acres of pistachios’ on the ranch, followed by 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After the initial success with the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, Dr. Frankel expanded his plantings in 1997, planting an additional 80 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Zinfandel and 10 acres of Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Viognier are the most recent additions to the vineyard.

In 2002, Dr. Frankel joined with other doctors and founded “His Healing Hands“, a medical missionary foundation that sends medical missionary teams on short-term trips all over the world to care for the most needy under-privileged peoples on all five continents. They also respond to catastrophic disasters and have been invited to provide medical relief work in Indonesia after the Tsunami, Pakistan after the earthquake and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Please consider supporting “His Healing Hands” and learn more about Dr. Frankel’s Medical Missionary work in his new book.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sculpterra wine are donated to “His Healing Hands“.

When time allows, Dr. Frankel enjoys riding the family horses through the vineyards with his wife, thankful for the beauty that graces his vineyards and for being able to make “Wine that Gladdens the Heart” to share with others.

THE ART OF SCULPTERRA

The original concept of offering a location for all to view and admire art and taste wine, to enhance the Paso Robles wine experience is blossoming. As one turns off Linne Road and heads down the plum tree lined drive, your attention turns to the fence and entrance gate, created by long-time resident and master blacksmith/iron worker Robert Bentley. It is then you realize you are in for something special. Bentley’s ornate touches can be viewed both in and outside of the tasting room, from the baroque style awning at the entry way to the old world chandeliers hanging above you while you taste. The tasting room once housed Bentley’s work shop when he worked on such projects as the Villa Toscana B & B, Martin-Weyrich Winery, the Carlton Hotel, and the Santa Isabella Ranch. His intricate iron work and eye for detail is evident throughout the property.

World renowned sculptor John Jagger was commissioned by owner Dr. Warren Frankel for a five year period, and his works can be viewed while strolling through the gardens. These magnificent sculptures in bronze and granite are one man’s life work and are sure to inspire any visitor. From the beautiful 10 foot bronze “Mermaid” rising from the fountain, to the 20,000 Lb. granite “Puma” and the 16 ft. tall bronze “Dancing Horse”, Jagger’s passion for the underwater world, cats – from domestic to wild, and horses are evident. Upon entering the tasting room you are greeted by Jagger’s miniature series of sculptures displayed throughout.

Mr. Jagger left this world on June 6, 2013 and with his passing, local sculptor Dale Evers has taken over the reins  as the sculptor in residence, and will continue to push the creative envelope. Jagger was a mentor for Evers early in his career and a mutual respect was shared throughout their careers. Dale Evers is a cutting edge American artist, always the innovator, and established as a premier sculptor / designer of centerpiece art, he has gone beyond pure sculpture to successfully blend the world of fine art and functional design. The artist’s new mantra: Get the art out. That is, bring the art outside.

Dale Evers is currently working on new installations for the Sculpterra grounds. His latest pieces are the stainless steel and glass, “Flying Fish”and larger than life “Dragonfly on Cattail”. Future projects include a 25 foot wind chime with butterfly adornments as well as a butterfly emerging from cocoon (set for installation in early 2014), and the epic bronze creation – “FOCUS”- a 24 foot tall sculpture of the human form in the shape of an arrow set in a bow, symbolizing the strength of mankind. This creation is set to arrive in spring.

Sculpterra also displays the works of numerous other artists from both near and far. With such a large pool of local  talent, Sculpterra Winery has truly brought the concept of art and wine full circle. Sculpterra Winery continues to search for unique local talent to display their art and goods, continually spreading the word on the bounty of local talent this county has to offer.

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