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Shadow Run Vineyards

Shadow Run Vineyards
Shadow Run Vineyards
Melissa Vogt

Shadow Run Vineyards is set amidst the beautiful, rolling hills of the Paso Robles wine-growing region. The 150 acre estate is located in the Eastern half of this AVA, in a small town called Creston. Susan and Les Evans, owners of the estate and winemakers, said that before purchasing the Shadow Run Vineyards land, they always felt "seduced by the romance and excitement of family-owned California vineyards and estate wines." They claim to first be influenced by the amazing wines from Napa County, but eventually fell in love with the innovation and experimentation of the vinification in the Paso Robles region. We always "pictured ourselves someday growing grapes and making wine," Susan reveals.

In 2005, Susan and Les Evans purchased the Shadow Run Vineyards land. Just two years later, Susan was accepted into the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Master's in Viticulture program; it was then that Susan and Les planted the first four acres of Shadow Run vines. Planting only four acres helps preserve "the rugged beauty of this part of California's Central Coast," Susan states. They take pride in the land and their four acres of vines boast an impressive collection of French origin varietals—Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Viognier. Susan and Les purposefully planted these varietals because the "Rhone varietals were coming into their own" in this region, and they were right. The most impressive wine coming out of the Paso Robles region originates from France—where the terroir of such varietals as the Syrah and Viognier is similar to that of the Paso Robles landscape and climate.

Susan and Les enjoy their small production winery and the joy they receive from the "creativity and self-expression" involved in the process of "growing grapes and making wine." Wine lovers can tell that here at Shadow Run Vineyards, "Winemaking is an endlessly intriguing combination of change and result." Susan and Les appreciate "the science and art that goes into making wine," and hope that those who enjoy Shadow Run Vineyards wine can appreciate that as well. This attitude allows for a lot of "experimenting, and realizing new delicious outcomes," Susan proudly proclaims.

These "new delicious outcomes" shine brightly in the Shadow Run Vineyards tasting room—open Friday through Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm, and by appointment. Les and Susan Evans welcome wine lovers from all around the world to come enjoy the innovation and flavor of their French origin varietals grown in the heart of the stunning Paso Robles wine region.