Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards
Located in historic Templeton, Wild Horse Winery was named for the wild mustangs that roamed the hills east of the vineyard estate. Descendents of the first Spanish horses brought to California, these mavericks suggest a free, noble spirit. They are the ideal symbol for the Wild Horse Winery commitment to spirited winemaking.
Wild Horse Winery founder, Ken Volk, originally selected the Templeton vineyard and winery location in 1981 for its low vigor soils, proven ground water table, proximity to Estero Bay and rural atmosphere. Situated at a midpoint in the Central Coast, this location is ideal for sourcing fruit from vineyards north and south of the winery. Wild Horse Winery remains a champion of Central Coast winegrowing, committed to sustainable viticultural practices and creating fine wines that express the region’s diversity.
The varieties of soil composition and microclimates that can be found within the expansive Central Coast appellation present the opportunity to cultivate the same varietal in a wide range of growing conditions. This fact forms a key philosophy for Wild Horse Winery winemaking: multi-vineyard sourcing. While estate or vineyard-designated wines can be outstanding, they offer just one expression of the grapes from which they are produced. Growing the same varietal in different terroirs and then carefully blending the individual lots, sourcing fruit and working with many of the same growers for generations.
An unbridled spirit and passion continues in Wild Horse Winery’s commitment to quality; its dedication to making distinctive Central Coast wines and its willingness to be different. Experimentation, consumer education, environmental preservation and a sense of humor - these remain the core values at the Winery today.
Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier represent the majority of Wild Horse Winery’s production. Vineyards spanning the Central Coast from north to south provide fruit for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier. The Paso Robles growing region is the source of the winery’s Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Throughout the winery’s history, Wild Horse has had a program of small lot experimentation that continues today with rare varieties such as Malvasia Bianca, Verdelho, Blaufrankisch, Negrette and numerous others, along with single vineyard and sub-appellation wines produced under the "Unbridled" label.
Cheval Sauvage (French for wild horse), a Pinot Noir that represents only a small percent of the winery’s annual Pinot Noir production, is the tête de cuvée - selected vineyard lot by vineyard lot, barrel by barrel.