Clos Pepe Vineyard was purchased by Steve and Cathy Pepe in 1994 as a horse ranch, and established the 9th vineyard in what would become the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Specializing in cool-climate, small production, craft-based Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Clos Pepe is now recognized as a leader in local and national wine culture, wine education and providing fruit to some of the best winemakers in California.
The Italians say, ‘Il vino e' la
Poesia della Terra.’ Wine is the poetry of the earth. There is
nothing that can obfuscate Pinot Noir’s ability to
speak of a time and place. Of every plant on earth, Pinot Noir is
unique in its ability to show every angle of a vintage, every silt
particle in the soil, and every drop of morning dew that wet its leaves.
Tea, coffee, white truffles—these can tell a story and confound us
with their deliciousness, but the uncontested Queen of Natural
Complexity must be Pinot Noir. We anticipate each vintage with a proper mix of anxiety and hope, knowing Mother Nature and the Sta. Rita Hills have a plan that will allow time and effort to fill a glass.