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In the late 1960’s, Jerry Lohr began an extensive investigation of grape growing regions throughout California. As a result of his farming background, he has always understood and respected the importance of soil quality, climate and location, which led him to California’s Central Coast region. In 1972 and 1973, he planted 280 acres of wine grapes in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, and in 1974 completed his winery in San Jose. In 1988 property near Paso Robles was purchased, now encompassing 2,000 acres of vineyards, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varietals, and an adjacent winery and barrel facility was built. Also in 1988, Jerry began expansion of his vineyards in the Arroyo Seco, which now includes 900 acres of Chardonnay and other cool climate varietals such as Riesling Valdiguié and in recent years Pinot Noir.
By the late 1970’s, J. Lohr Wines were distributed throughout the United States, and in the late 1980’s an international sales department was added. Today the J. Lohr products are available throughout the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide.
The goal of J. Lohr brands is to produce varietals that can compete with the finest in the world, using a style that focuses on flavor and complexity through vineyard selection, technology and innovation. This goal has led Jerry Lohr and his team to develop three tiers of wines produced from estate vineyards – J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Estates. In addition J.Lohr Winery produces three tiers of wines to meet the needs of everyday and entry-level wine consumption - Cypress Vineyards and Painter Bridge.
J. Lohr Cuvée Series
Very limited in production and produced only during vintages that provide extraordinary quality. Our Cuvée Series represents an artistic approach to winemaking using similar blending philosophies practiced by the Grand Cru Chateaux from Pauillac, St. Emilion and Pomerol. Our Cuvée PAU is a blend of at least 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance of the grapes made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec. Cuvée St. E is produced from over 50% Cabernet Franc the remainder comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. Lastly the Cuvée POM is a blend of over 50% Merlot with the balance derived from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. Each of these wines competes with the most expensive wines produced in Bordeaux and California. We have positioned the Cuvée Series as our "artistic expression of flavor".
J. Lohr Vineyard Series
Limited in production and utmost in quality, our Vineyard Series is J. Lohr Winery’s entrée into the luxury wine category. Our Arroyo Vista Vineyard is nestled in the Arroyo Seco A.V.A. of Monterey County, and produces our most intensely scented, complex Chardonnay. Our Hilltop Cabernet is located on the highest, best-drained slope in our Paso Robles holdings. The east-facing vineyard produces the most potent, darkly colored fruit, and wine of both power and great style. Our Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown just north of the town of St. Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley. The gravelly loam soils of Carol's Vineyard in northern St. Helena have proven to offer truly superb growing conditions for these two traditional grape varieties.
J. Lohr Estates
A line of estate-produced varietals of extraordinary quality, from J. Lohr’s home vineyards in Monterey County and Paso Robles. We control all aspects from viticulture to winemaking to bottling to ensure “flavor second to none.” J. Lohr Estates includes the Riverstone Chardonnay, Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, South Ridge Syrah, Bay Mist White Riesling, Wildflower Valdiguié, Los Osos Merlot and Old Vines Zinfandel.