Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Boasting optimal soils and a Mediterranean climate ideal for growing premium varietal grapes, the Paso Robles A.V.A. has emerged as one of California's preeminent wine regions. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, only 20 miles inland from the coast, the region enjoys warm summer days, cooled by evening marine influenced temperatures that can drop as much as 50 degrees. These viticultural attributes enticed Glenn Bianchi to purchase 50 acres of premium vineyards in January of 2000, for the new Bianchi Winery.
The Bianchi estate vineyard is comprised of four different and distinct ranches. The 13 acre Lakeside Ranch has clay-loam soils, ideal for the ranch's Cabernet Sauvignon, while the 19 acre Zen Ranch is comprised mainly of sandy loam where the Zinfandel thrives. The Creekside Ranch and Sunrise Ranch are host to Syrah and Merlot respectively. The estate fruit is allowed to develop slowly in indirect sunlight in order to achieve the desired balance of sugar and acidity.
Glenn Bianchi and winemaker Tom Lane also source grapes from select Central Coast vineyards: Petite Sirah from the Peck Ranch in Paso Robles, Pinot Noir from York Mountain, Chardonnay from Edna Valley and Cabernet Franc from Jim Smoot Vineyards. The grapes from these premier Central Coast vineyards are the foundation for producing the Bianchi Signature Collection of wines.
The Bianchi family has a long history of involvement in the wine Industry, dating back to 1974 when Glenn and his father, Joseph invested in a winery and vineyard on the banks of the San Joaquin river in the Central Valley of California. Utilizing the most advanced farming and production technologies, the Bianchi family quickly grew to become an industry leader, producing award winning wines.
In pursuit of his lifelong ambition of producing ultra-premium wines, Glenn set his sights on finding a new vineyard and winery location. After searching throughout California for the finest terroir to meet his requirements, he settled on Paso Robles. Glenn was impressed with the region’s outstanding reputation for quality wines and its natural beauty.
In January of 2000, Bianchi purchased 40 acres of vineyards on the East side of Paso Robles and built a showcase winery and spectacular hospitality center on the property. Situated on a gentle rise, the new Bianchi Winery has a commanding view looking west over undulating vineyards dotted with ancient oaks. The state of the art stainless steel fermentation tanks provide the winemaker the latest computerized monitoring system and the option to make select, limited production wines. Similarly, the new barrel room for the French and American oak has the capacity to allow blending and aging of small lots.