TWO FRIENDS. FORTY YEARS OF HISTORY. ONE FATEFUL BOTTLE OF PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON.
Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe met as schoolmates in Liverpool and a friendship blossomed. Both young men loved to entertain and as they grew into adulthood, this shared passion led to careers that often intersected, first as dancers, then as choreographers and finally as producers of entertainment enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.
Despite their demanding schedules, in 2004 these two friends made time to catch up over a dinner in Las Vegas. They asked the sommelier to surprise them with a bottle of Cab, and, when both glasses were poured, the conversation took a momentous turn. The wine was spectacular, spurring an interest in the Paso Robles AVA that would grow into a love affair. And thus, in that first sip, the dream of Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery was born.
Smitten as they were, just one year later Ken and Nigel purchased a pastoral 168-acre property located at the northern edge of the Paso Robles AVA in the small town of San Miguel, California. A healthy vineyard was already established across rolling slopes and ideal soils, so Ken and Nigel directed their energies towards enhancing the natural beauty of the vineyard with a tasting room styled after the Tuscan villas that Nigel had enjoyed during trips to Italy.
One piece remained: A great vineyard deserves a great winemaker. In early 2013 Ken and Nigel invited second-generation winemaker Matt Ortman to lead the winemaking team at Villa San-Juliette. Matt hit the ground running, hiring an outstanding winemaking team while overseeing the construction of Villa San-Juliette’s new state-of-the-art winery. He and his team capped the year off by harvesting what turned out to be a remarkable 2013 vintage.
Ken and Nigel’s belief in Paso Robles wine country comes to fulfillment in Villa San-Juliette’s comfortable tasting room, superb wines, and idyllic vineyard views.
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