Pipestone Vineyards recently sold its west Paso Robles property, but the label will carry on, owner Jeff Pipes said.
The winery, begun by Pipes and his wife, Florence, in 1996, still has two vintages of Pipestone wine aging in barrels and is looking to start sourcing other westside fruit to carry them forward, he said.
The family will make future vintages at a custom crush facility and sell its wine mostly through its wine club, telephone and website sales, aiming to keep production at about 1,500 to 2,000 cases per year.
Pipes, a former environmental engineer and lawyer, said it’s getting harder to make a living running a small vineyard and winery without outside investment.
“We wanted to get away from the risk of farming it and making it and selling it,” Pipes said. Plus, he added, “it’s hard work, man.”
The Pipes used draft horses and sustainable methods to farm their 8 acres of mostly Rhône varietals themselves.
“We’re becoming more like a modern, virtual winery,” he said.
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