Project Description




Our Story: Inside the past decade, Justin Smith, 40, has taken the Saxum winery on a remarkable journey. It has gone from an extemporized home-winemaking operation with no business plan to one of those hard-to-believe-it-happened success stories. Yet every once in a while a winemaker and a wine come along with the ability to change a region. Smith and his wines more than fill that trendsetting role. Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube explains.

Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre based blends from the Templeton Gap/Willow Creek area of Paso Robles. Production is kept at 3000-4000 cases a year divided between seven different cuvees, Broken Stones, James Berry Vineyard, Bone Rock, Booker Vineyards, Paderewski Vineyard, Heart Stone Vineyard and Terry Hoage Vineyard.

Justin Smith’s presentation at Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience 2013 is now online. View the Video.

Wine Spectator’s tasting with Justin Smith and the 2007 James Berry Vineyard (#1 wine for 2010). View the Video.


Saxum Vineyards

Located in the Templeton Gap/Willow Creek area of Paso Robles. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, sunny days, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our yields low, picking the fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. We respect our land and farm everything sustainably without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.Vineyard Description
42.88 acres

Varietals Grown

Carignane 0.75
Chenin Blanc 0.46
Counoise 1.41
Grenache 12.82
Grenache Blanc 1.40
Mourvèdre 9.49
Other 0.70
Petite Sirah 1.82
Roussanne 2.07
Syrah 11.96