Celebrate Harvest Season: Four Green Vineyard Experiences


Celebrate Harvest Season: Four Green Vineyard Experiences

Another winery committed to sustainable agriculture is L’Aventure (“the adventure” in French), a boutique winery tucked away in the Templeton Gap region of Paso Robles. Their green practices include waste water treatment, solar power, composting, biodynamic practices, as well as the implementation of vegetative habitual areas.

Looking for a few interesting wines to try? Known for their Rhône varietals, L’Aventure showcases a limited production of white blends each year. Their 2010 Roussanne Estate, consisting of 87 percent Roussanne and 13 percent Grenache Blanc, captures a soft floral and spicy aroma on the nose, and stone fruit flavors including caramel apple on the palate. It’s complex and medium-bodied with a smooth finish. Their 2011 Estate Cuvée Blanc, which is a 51 percent Roussanne and 49 percent Grenache Blanc, has white fruit and floral aromas, is delicate yet complex, with a big body and a long finish.

For a wine to go with every meal, try their 2011 Rosé Estate, referred to as a “magic wine” by French winemaker Stephan Asseo. A blend of 70 percent Syrah, 20 percent Mourvedre and 10 percent Grenache, the Rosé was bottled just two weeks after the end of fermentation to “capture in the glass all the aromas.”

L’Aventure’s tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm and by appointment only Monday through Wednesday. If you’re a club member, you can enjoy private tours by calling ahead for an appointment.

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