Get the Dirt about Four Lanterns Winery

13 Oct

FourLanternspeopleA wondrous confluence of emotions has guided us through our first few years at Four Lanterns Winery.  The thrill and fear of a new venture, the anxiety of a major life change, the warmth of encouragement from friends, and the consternation of being  neophytes, are all overwhelmed by the pure excitement we feel when we taste our wines and pour them for friends.  Come see the historic property, walk the 25 year old vineyard, and join us in the tasting room for some beautifully crafted wines.

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 2013=500, 2014=710

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes Hours: Thursday – Monday 11am-5pm and by apt Tuesday and Wednesday, via email at or 949-300-5437

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Amy Butler

5. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? We’ve been visiting Paso and enjoying the wines for over 25 years. Steve always wanted to have his own business and when this opportunity developed, we seized it!

6. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? There is no particular wine it was simply that enjoying wine and learning about wine has always been a passion of ours.

FourLanternsVyd7. What varietals do you work with? Primarily Rhones: Syrah, Grenache, Picpoul Blanc and Viognier. We are adding Cabernet Savignon and Merlot to our menu next year.

8. What vineyards do you source from? Primarily our own on the Four Lanterns property and the Grenache from the Self vineyard. Why did you choose the spot you’re in? We chose this spot because it’s a beautiful location and had green vines.

9. What type of oak treatment do you use? It depends upon the wine. We use Stainless steel, neutral and a small amount of light French oak for the whites. We use oak as sparingly as we can. We want the oak to augment not dominate the wine.

10. What do you love about your winemaking region? The climate and soil are amazing. What makes it different special? The community.

fourlanternslabels11. What’s the story behind your name/label? Four Lanterns is named after our four daughters who are the lights of our life!

12. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? There’s no shortage of advice before you enter this business.

13. What do you love about small-lot winemaking? The hands on approach to everything.

14. Do you still have a day job? No this consumes us enough!

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