Edna Valley | Paragon Vineyard

-The Niven Family-

PIONEERS OF THE EDNA VALLEY AVA

San Luis Obispo, CA

Our Paragon Vineyard has been farmed by the Niven Family since 1973 and is the sole source of our True Myth Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay vines range from 7 to 43 years old and are planted in a mix of both Heritage and Dijon clones. It’s this special mix of vines, soil, and terroir that showcases the Edna Valley’s unique place in the world of Chardonnay.

  • History

    Jack Niven pioneered wine grape planting in the Edna Valley in 1973. Recognizing the unique potential of the region, he championed the process of petitioning for it to become an AVA. In 1982, his dream became a reality.

  • Ocean

    The coolest growing region in all of California, as cited in a study by the University of Southern Oregon, the Edna Valley is a mere 5.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

  • Climate

    The ocean's influence creates
    our unusually long growing season, and allows the fruit in our vineyards to ripen to their
    full flavor and structure
    potential each vintage.

  • Soil

    Formed over 120 million years ago by colliding tectonic plates in the Pacific, Edna Valley soils are made of the Diablo soil series. With slow permeability, good drainage and neutral pH, the soil in Edna Valley is perfect for growing grapes.

  • Sustainability

    We have farmed in a sustainable fashion since the beginning, as it is simply the right thing to do. We are proud to be one of the first Central Coast vineyards to become SIP Certified.

  • Specialized

    Chardonnay represents over 50% of the plantings in Edna Valley. The cool climate, ocean influence and diverse soils make it a truly special place to grow Chardonnay.

We Believe in Giving Back

At the heart of everything we do is Mother Nature. We believe in honoring her and doing what we can to sustain her beauty.

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Paso Robles, California

-Awarded-

2014 Wine Region of the Year

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

No strangers to Paso Robles, the Niven Family has been a part of San Luis Obispo County’s farming history for more than four decades. Along with winemaker Christian Roguenant, they have tapped into their history of multi-generational relationships with current growers in order to source high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

  • History

    The Niven family has been a part of San Luis Obispo County’s farming history for more than four decades.

  • Dedication

    We previously owned and farmed a Cabernet Sauvignon ranch in Paso Robles and have been continual proponents of keeping this expressive fruit local and in bottles bearing the Paso Robles appellation.

  • Climate

    Paso Robles is home to the largest swing between high daytime and low nighttime temperatures of any region in California. Coupled with well-drained soils, the region echos the growing conditions of Bordeaux, making it a natural fit.

  • Land

    A land of diversity and contrasts, it encompasses river bottoms, flat lands, rolling hills, even mountains.

  • Soil

    Soil diversity within vineyard blocks is the norm. Over 45 soil series exist including weathered granite, marine sedimentary rocks and sandstone.

  • Accolades

    Named 2014 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine, the Paso Robles AVA is home to no less than 26,000 planted acres, and more than 200 wineries.