As vintners specializing in the custom farming of grapes for numerous California wineries, Ray and Pam Derby are acutely aware that the quality of any wine starts in the vineyard. Their three vineyards, totaling over 400 acres under cultivation, are located in three different and uniquely distinct viticultural areas within San Luis Obispo County. Each of the 24 different varieties of winegrapes is ideally suited to the climatic and soil conditions that exist in the vineyard where it is grown. Using sustainable farming techniques and best viticultural practices, our vineyards produce some of the finest Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy and Spanish varieties grown on California’s Central Coast.
The attention to quality does not end at the vineyard, however. Derby Wine Estates is committed to producing nothing but 100% estate grown and produced wines. Our grapes are fermented in small lots with winemaking techniques tailored to ensure that the wines showcase the viticultural extremes of our three vineyards. These small lots are expertly fermented and blended by our winemaker, resulting in a variety of wines that will satisfy and delight the most discriminating palate.