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Derby Wine Estates

525 Riverside Avenue

Open: Year-round

Ray and Pam Derby moved to the Central Coast area in the early 1990's with the intention of retiring. In 1998, they purchased their first vineyard property, now known as Derbyshire Vineyard and their thoughts of retirement were replaced by the inspiration of being a part of the wine world. In the years following, Ray next acquired the historic Laura's Vineyard (in east Paso) and then the Westside property, now called the Derby Vineyard. Needless to say, their plans of retirement never came to fruition.

After experiencing nearly a decade as a grape grower, the potential strengths of each property became apparent and in 2008, Ray and Pam launched Derby Wine Estates. They are extremely selective in terms of what goes into the bottle under the Derby label. The commitment to the land is appreciable, with only 20 hand-selected acres being used to provide fruit for their own brand. Grapes from the remainder (some 90%of their total acreage) are sold to some of the finest wine producers in California.


James Brady

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Enjoyed an evening on the patio listening to Tennessee Jimmy sing & play with "Bob" on the steel guitar. The wine was tasty as was the vibe.

Lydia Francis

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Historical building. Lovely blends. Welcoming friendly people.

Queen Tonia

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Great wine. Amazing staff.

Monica Poston

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
This was just the best! I didn't catch his name but the bald man was the friendliest, most helpful and knowledgable man ever! I learned so much about wines and history of the building and various things WHILE enjoying top notch wines. I absolutely recommend checking this place out. The man-eater wine is my favorite.

Leah Kolt

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Can't beat Derby for consistently great wine and a fun atmosphere in the made-over silo tasting facility. The Maneater red blend is one of my favorite wines. If you can wrangle a visit to the upper floor of the silo, you'll have a lovely view of Paso and the wine country. Also check out their Friday night BBQs with live music. Derby predicts the 2017 vintage should be excellent due to the return of rain in 2017. That resulted in a large leaf canopy that will allow for a long hang-time for the grapes. The high-soil moisture will result in darker, blacker more fruit-forward wines! I noticed another review that said they wouldn't allow service animals. So I inquired about that and was told they do indeed allow service animals. The person I spoke with wasn't sure what happened to the other reviewer, but they do allow the service animals as a matter of policy.

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