The Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, in Paso Robles, California, is well known and highly regarded for their delightful varietals and their incredible, one-of-a-kind, sculpture garden. The Frankel family, have yet again, brought another unique draw to their vineyard.
“The Legacy of Wine in California”
The recent art unveiling of “The Legacy of Wine in California” wall at Sculpterra, showcases 43,000 pounds of weatherproof iron, that has been skillfully crafted into a 20’ by 386’ interpretation of the wine and wine grape industry in the early days of Paso Robles. The wall is a masterpiece, that is one part a large scale photo album, and part sculpture and painting.
Originally, there was a need for a sound wall to be a good neighbor. Dr. Frankel had a brilliant solution to turn it into a showpiece that tells a story.
A Beautiful Timeline from Cortez to Jesse James
The wall is a magnificent visual timeline that showcases the history of the California wine industry. I highly recommend that you come to Sculpterra for the wine and to see the artful chronology, ranging from Cortez and the building of the missions, to the rambunctious times of Jesse James. It is an education on wine making.
The unique wall was crafted by a well-known artist already featured at Sculpterra Winery. Robert “Dr. Iron” Bentley had previously worked on the fencing of the property, as well as metal features in the tasting room. The work is masterful. Dr. Frankel and Robert Bentley worked together for the past two years, gathering photographs and other historical documents from locals, historical museums, and other wineries in the area. All the documents and pictures were assembled, enlarged and placed on the aluminum for the public to see.
The pictures are in chronological order, beginning with the pioneers and cowboy’s arrival in California, featuring our local hot springs, following travelers journeying up the El Camino Real, accounts of the notorious Jesse James and even photographs of Camp Roberts from WWII. There is a featured section showcasing the “star” of the vineyard, the wine. Photographs show both Sculpterra and other local wineries that have flourished in the area.
This Region has a Story to Tell
This region has quite the story to tell. It’s mind boggling to consider the current number of businesses and 14,000+ jobs that have been created by this thriving industry.
According to a 2015 economic study conducted by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center based at UC Davis, the Greater San Luis Obispo County and Paso Robles American Viticulture (AVA) wine and wine grape industries show a whopping 1.9 billion dollar economic impact to the regional economy. This report also showed that total tourism visits to the wineries were 1.56 million.
Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden is a place that I’ve visited many times and will return. The wall is an amazing walk through the history of the region and the wines are excellent. You will be delighted if you try the distinctive Reserve Primitivo, and another one of my personal favorites, the heavenly Reserve Bentley Cabernet.
Sculpterra Wines is One of Those Places that Draws You Back Again and Again
With all of the wineries and tasting rooms, in San Luis Obispo County, there are over 250 wineries and roughly 100 tasting rooms. With all the choices that we have today, in the midst of this modern-day gold rush, Sculpterra is a sure bet.
Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden is located at 5015 Linne Road in Paso Robles. The Tasting Room is open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm.