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Abbott Winery

Abbott Winery Do you believe in fairy tales? The story of Abbott Winery sounds like one: Paul Abbott meets Jo Ellen while they are both in junior high in Minnesota. They marry while attending college in St.Cloud. After reading a romantic novel about the sherry business, called "The Summer of the Spanish Woman" (by Catherine Gaskin), Paul entertains fantasies of making wine. His dream is reinforced by childhood memories of having made wine with his father, although the raw materials in Minnesota were almost anything but grapes. Paul and Jo graduate and head west, all of their belongings packed into a Chevy Chevette (not even theirs!), both determined to find jobs in the wine business. They get lucky. Paul lands a cellar job at Caymus. Jo starts what would turn out to be a 10-year stint in retail sales and hospitality for Robert Mondavi/Vichon wineries. By 1988 they have scraped together enough to purchase an undeveloped parcel on what Lake County locals call Red Mountain, overlooking the Coyote Valley. Clearing begins in the fall of that year, and the first vines are planted in 1989. In the years since, they have done battle with vicious winds, incredibly rocky soils and marauding, epicurean birds. The entire vineyard today has to be covered in netting for protection. Paul and Jo would be the first to tell you it has been worth every minute.


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15951 Spruce Grove Road, Middletown, CA, US, 95461 Email:
Phone: 707-987-0445 Web:
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