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What is a Garagiste?

Influential, but under-recognized, the Paso Robles ‘garagiste’ winemaking community to converge for first-of-its-kind event in Paso Robles, November 11 – 12, 2011

Paso Robles, Ca – August 1, 2011 –, the first and only multi-media site dedicated to the community of emerging underground winemakers, today announced that the first annual Paso Garagiste Celebrating the Artisan Winemaker will be held November 11-12,2011 at the beautiful 724-acre Windfall Farms in the heart of California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles, one of the one of the world’s most exciting wine regions.

Featuring high-quality, cutting-edge, small production wineries that produce fewer than 1,200 cases a year, this first-of-its-kind festival brings together many of the best and most innovative winemakers in California,pouring their hard-to-find wines and sharing their knowledge with passionate wine consumers.

“The mission of the Paso Garagiste Festival is to focus on the undiscovered artisan producers who are making some of the most thrilling wine on the planet right now,” said Co-founder Doug Minnick. “Our event is unique in the industry because it gives a home to the smaller, trail-blazing wine producers who don’t have huge marketing resources, while also introducing wine lovers to winemakers on the cusp of discovery.”

Hailed as the source of some of the country’s best winemaking by leading tastemakers (including The Wine Spectator, who named a Paso wine as the #1 wine in the world for 2010), Paso Robles has emerged as the go-to region for innovative winemaking and is the perfect venue for the premiere Paso Garagiste Festival. Already,over twenty-five of the region’s hottest emerging winemakers, including Alta Colina, Caliza, Jalama and Vineson the Marycrest, have signed on to share their wines at the festival.  

“The Central Coast garagistes are one of the best-kept secrets in the wine world and their excellent wines can be almost impossible to find — unless you know the right people and places to go,” added Co-founder Stewart McLennan. “The Paso Garagiste Festival will have forty of them, gathered in one place for the first time ever. The festival is the place for passionate wine consumers to come face-to-face, wine glass-to-bottle, with the undiscovered future rock stars of the wine world.”


Artisan winemakers slated to showcase their wines at the festival include Aaron Wines, Alta Colina, Bodegas M Winery, Brochelle Vineyards, Caliza Winery, Cloak and Dagger Wines, J Dusi Wines, Giornata Wines,Grizzly Republic Winery, Hammersky Vineyards, Indigene Cellars, Jalama Wines, La Filice Winery, Nicora Wines, Per Cazo Cellars, Poalillo Vineyards, Ranchero Cellars, Red Zeppelin Winery, Rendarrio Vineyards, Stanger Vineyards, Symbiosis Wines, Tassajara Cellars, Vin Alegre Winery, and Vines on the Marycrest. 


Situated in the heart of beautiful Central Coast wine country, Windfall Farms is a spectacular 724-acre horse farm with one of the finest equestrian facilities in the Western United States. It features stunning brick buildings with glass and copper steeples and is surrounded by vineyards, fenced pastures, green sprawling lawns and panoramic views of the majestic, oak-studded rolling hills of the Central Coast.


Garagistes (gar-uh-zhe-stuh) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world.

Founded by Garagistes Stewart McLennan, Doug Minnick and Dan Erland Andersen, brings together the artisan wine industry — from winemakers to growers, to equipment suppliers, to wine consumers — in a collaborative and passionate online community. In addition to its annual flagship event, The Paso Garagiste Festival, provides videos, insider info, winemaker forums and access to hard-to-find small production wine.

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