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Winemaker Gary Eberle honored by California State Fair

Eberle Winery's Gary and Marcy Eberle accepted the Winery of the Year award on July 18, 2013, at the Central Coast Wine Competition at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
Eberle Winery's Gary and Marcy Eberle accepted the Winery of the Year award on July 18, 2013, at the Central Coast Wine Competition at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles. Courtesy photo

Gary Eberle, the founder of Eberle Winery, has been honored with the 2015 Wine Lifetime Achievement Award by the California State Fair.

The award recognizes individuals and families who are pioneers in the wine industry, according to a news release.

Eberle, often referred to as the “godfather” of the Paso Robles wine region, established Estrella River Winery & Vineyards with the help of his two brothers-in-law before branching out on his own in the late 1970s.

In 1979, he released the first Eberle wine with the well-known boar logo. The winery, production facility and tasting room opened in the early 1980s, according to historical information on the Eberle website.

The State Fair awards will be given during a gala on June 25 at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

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