In the ensuing years, this pristine land, now known to lie prominently in the Premium Wine Growing Area of the United States, if not the world, has indeed evolved into a legendary vineyard. Legendary is an understatement as the land was tectonically formed 26-million years ago by three volcanoes emerging in lava fire from out of an inland sea.
Beyond world-class. From this ultimate power we now find supersoils and wonder soils seen nowhere else on the planet. The volcano trio, amazingly, exists within the 160-acre property lines, and the natural, non-GMO grape vines actually grow in the magma of the volcanoes. Combined with microclimates also unmatched, to call this vineyard and winery world-class is an understatement.
Most significant ag studies ever conducted. One of the earlier chapters of the Carmody McKnight saga involved the most salient scientific studies ever conducted on a vineyard with implications that reach far beyond viticultural maintenance. Carmody McKnight Estate Vineyards was chosen as the only vineyard and winery in the United States to be the subject of extraordinary research projects with university particpants from all over the world.
Never required fertilization during its 30-plus years. These decades-long seminal studies concentrated on the vast array of natural, complex soils never seen in such combinations. Equally phenomenal is the fact that the vineyard has never required fertilization of the soils at any time during its 30-plus years. As notable, under no circumstances have fungicides, which are mostly toxic, ever been applied in the vineyard's history (in France, today, as many as 14 different fungicides are sprayed in a single vineyard during one season alone!).
Nutrients, flavors, human health divinely connected. The research and examinations took advantage of newly discovered technology to make the work even more profound and far reaching. The fact-finding explorations concentrated on minerals and micronutrients and their relationship to flavors and quality in wine as well as our overall food supply. The research also led to the essential connection between nutrients, flavors and human health.
Paso Robles Westside wine trail launched. Before these studies established Carmody McKnight vineyards as viticulturally foremost, 160 acres of the original ranch was sold to Justin Baldwin. That was over thirty years ago and Justin dedicated himself to consummate estate wine making. As he planted his vineyard, Gary and Marian planted nearly 100 acres on their 160 acres. Justin's rise to major prominence is well chronicled, and along with the Conway vineyard, which became Carmody McKnight, the Paso Robles preeminent Westside Wine Trail was launched.
Now the unrivaled premium growing area. More recently, Justin sold his vineyard and winery to the billionaires and philanthropists, Stewart and Lynda Resnick. The Resnicks who built a dominant agricultural empire in California including brands Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, etc., paid a reported sum of over $50 million for Justin. They have invested further millions and are establishing one of the major quality wineries in the United States centered at the Justin Vineyard and greatly enhanced by their gifts of foresight and brilliant marketing skills.
Valuable vineyards. Billionaires abound around Carmody McKnight, and one of the wealthiest and most conscionable men in the world, Hansjörg Wyss, who acquired neighboring Halter Winery, also purchased more land nearby, as have the Resnicks. The Resnicks and Wyss virtually surround Carmody McKnight with their very valuable holdings and enthusiasm about the future of this special neighborhood.
Astonishing attributes. The Carmody McKnight Vineyard is unique in the world; that is a statement of science, easily confirmed by the years of studies conducted by renowned viticulturalists from many countries. As Napa declines as a prime vineyard area, the Westside of Paso Robles, already decreed by earth scientists as the dominantly superior growing area in the world, takes center stage. The Carmody McKnight Vineyard now earns its place as the pinnacle of the elite but shrinking list of stellar vineyards around the globe. It will be astonishing for most to see the imposing number of attributes of the Carmody McKnight Vineyard.