Caliza Winery Celebrates 10 Years with a Look to the Future
Feb 06, 2018 02:21PM
By Richard Melella
Paso Robles, Calif. –Celebrating 10-years of crafting estate-grown, sustainably-farmed Rhone wines, and already looking to the next 10-years, is Caliza Winery. Situated in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, the small, family-owned and operated winery has big dreams for what the future holds. Including new vineyard plantings, hospitality space and a winery on their estate property just off Highway 46 West.
Nestled into the rolling hills of the Paso Robles’ AVA Willow Creek District, Caliza has become known for crafting wine with a purpose and control from vine to glass. Hands on from day one, husband and wife team, Carl and Pam Bowker don’t plan to change that aspect one bit. In fact, they look forward to bringing on new staff who, alongside the Bowkers, will welcome guests to share the wines, history and vision of Caliza Winery.
“Learning about the viticulture and winemaking process had become a passion of mine through the years and it became extra serious after a trip to Europe,” said Carl Bowker, co-owner/winemaker of Caliza Winery. “When we discovered the diverse soils, vast microclimates, and most of all the welcoming community of Paso Robles, we knew this was the place where we would start our next adventure and ultimately Caliza.”
Pam and Carl Bowker happened upon Paso Robles in 2002 as they traveled down Highway 101 towards San Diego. After a night’s rest followed by breakfast at the charming circular counter of the Paso Inn the couple was hooked. After much research, many more trips to Paso Robles, the Bowker’s purchased their first property in December of 2003. Followed by a 2004 purchase of land that is now home to the current 20-acre vineyard and tasting room site. Then, in 2006 things started to become very real as they planted their vineyard. Two years later, in late November of 2008, the doors to the Caliza tasting room opened.
Pam and Carl Bowker enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Looking to the next 10 years, one main goal and vision the Bowkers have is to build. The process has begun with drafted plans that include building a new hospitality space for enhanced wine tasting and guest experiences along with construction of a winery adjacent to the current and future tasting room. Additionally, the plans include a chef’s kitchen that will allow the Bowkers to host wine dinners, provide food and wine pairing opportunities and a space to host a variety of wine club gatherings.
“We feel that being able to show guests the whole process, from vine to glass, allows them to truly understand the passion we have for crafting wines here in Paso Robles,” notes Pam Bowker, co-owner of Caliza Winery. “It has been our dream to have both of these buildings on our estate-property from day one, and we truly see this vision coming to life in the near future.”
Crafting wine in a new on-site building is only one goal the Bowkers plan to achieve within the next 10 years. The duo is also anticipating the expansion of their current 20-acre vineyard planting and possibly even add new acreage down the line. The new plantings will allow Caliza to grow their current wine production in order to meet a growing demand for current and future customers. Plus, when they plant, the Bowkers plan to add different wine grape varieties and clones (other than what is already planted) that will allow Carl to make new wines and unique blends to compliment the current Caliza portfolio.
“We are blessed with the ability to have our own property to experiment with new plantings, clones and trellising designs,” says Carl Bowker, co-owner/winemaker of Caliza Winery. “Plus, that is sort of what this whole winemaking thing is about; experimenting, taking a risk and enjoying the process along the way.”
In celebration of Caliza’s 10-year milestone, the Paso Robles winery will host a variety of events at the tasting room, the winery and even on the road throughout California. For a complete list of exciting events and celebrations head to calizawinery.com.
To get to know the small family-owned winery team and wines, visit Caliza Winery at their Tasting Room located off Anderson Road within the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles wine country Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests looking for a private tasting or a focused wine experience may do so by booking in advance.
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About Caliza Winery
Sharing a love for both wine and the Paso Robles wine region, husband and wife team, Pam and Carl Bowker, invite you to visit Caliza to taste a true dedication to estate-grown, sustainably-farmed Rhone wines and unique blends. Celebrating 10 years in 2018, Caliza’s 20-acre estate vineyard lies within the rolling hills of the Paso Robles AVA Willow Creek District. The Bowkers oversee all aspects of viticulture allowing them to meticulously control the winemaking process from vine to glass. Their small-lot wines are beautiful representations of the Paso Robles AVA – bold, expressive, elegant. Open Friday – Sunday, Caliza also offers focused tastings and appointments with advance reservations. To learn more visit calizawinery.com