Atascadero Creek is a small family-owned winery in the Green Valley appellation of Sonoma County. The winery specializes in small lots of vineyard-designated red varietals, most principally Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Carignane, Primativo and Zinfandel. Atascadero Creek also produces two different single vineyard Sauvignon Blancs.
Their small lots of single vineyard grapes are de-stemmed without crushing. They are fermented in open-top fermenters, vigorously aerated during fermentation and gently pressed in a hand-operated, wooden stave basket press. After aging from 18 to 24 months in French oak barrels, their wines are bottled and labeled by hand. All of the wines are unfiltered.
Atascadero Creek has a small estate vineyard of Pinot Noir in the Green Valley appellation and also makes Pinot Noir from other vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, and Chalk Hill appellations. Their Merlot comes from the Dry Creek Valley appellation, while the Zinfandels come from two separate dry farmed blocks in the Russian River Valley.
Bob Appleby moved to Sonoma County from the Los Angeles area in the early 1970’s and received his degree in biology from Sonoma State College. His passion for wine and winemaking absorbs most of his energy, but when time permits, you might locate Bob constructing and playing acoustic guitars, or writing songs and singing in his Americana band, Bottle Shock. He also restores antique cars and enjoys salmon fishing. Bob is also the consulting winemaker for two other Sonoma County wineries.
The winery had its beginnings in 1989, with the making of a single barrel of wine in a corner of his cabinet shop where Bob had his woodworking and furniture building business for the past 25 years. The results were gratifying and Atascadero Creek was born. The amateur wines were well received and by 1994 were regular entries in the Sonoma County Harvest Fair where they accumulated 17 medals. The winery, bonded in 2001, is named for Atascadero Creek which flows near the winery and residence property in Graton.