Hidden in the heart of Santa Maria Valley in sunny California, Qupé winery is one of the most innovative and esteemed wineries in the region. Known for its distinctive Euro-style wines, Qupé, pronounced "kyoo-pay," is a Chumash Native American word for the 'poppy flower', a native wildflower that blankets California landscapes with its striking golden orange hue.
The winery specialises in Rhône-style wines and is particularly renowned for its Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. The founder, Bob Lindquist, who was among the original Rhône Rangers, is recognise for championing these grape varieties in the 1980s, and helping to put the Central Coast on the global wine map.
The emphasis at Qupé winery lies firmly on quality over quantity, with a steadfast commitment to sustainable and organic farming practices. Each wine is meticulously crafted to showcase the unique terroir of the region. The distinctive maritime influence and diverse soil types in the Santa Maria Valley result in wines with a robust structure, complex flavours, and a lingering finish.
Undeniably, visiting the winery is an experience not to be missed. Surrounded by sprawling vineyards and rolling hills, it is a place of beauty and tranquillity. Guests are welcomed with a warm, inviting tasting room, where they can sample a selection of Qupé’s critically acclaimed wines. Moreover, occasional vineyard tours offer a fascinating insight into the art of winemaking.
In conclusion, whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or just getting started on your wine journey, Qupé winery offers an unpretentious and approachable opportunity, to learn about and enjoy some of the finest wines from California's Central Coast. A visit to Qupé is more than drinking a glass of wine, it's experiencing a piece of Californian wine history! So why not add this little gem to your bucket list, and enjoy a memorable wine tasting experience in the heart of wine country.
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