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Ecluse Wines

1520 Kiler Canyon Road, Paso Robles, CA, United States
Region: Paso Robles (805) 238-4999 http://eclusewines.com/
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  • Year Established:
    1998
  • Winery Contact:
  • Winemaker:
    Steve Lock

About our winery:

Welcome to Écluse Wines! Écluse is the French word for the locks on the canals that gently carve their way through the remarkable French wine countryside and since our last name is Lock, the name Écluse for our wines was born!

As home to a San Francisco Chronicle’s Sweepstakes winning Best Red Wine, we at Écluse are dedicated to producing limited production, handcrafted, award-winning wines from our very own Lock Vineyard. Our family owned boutique winery is a true reflection of this special place we call home. Nestled in the gently rolling hillside terroir on the desired Westside of the Paso Robles AVA, we feature Bordeaux and Rhone style wines, as well as our fabulous Zinfandel. Our wines are often described as silky, lush, smooth and approachable when first released, becoming even more complex and elegant as they age.

From the beginning our philosophy is that great fruit makes great wine. Having our own small winery onsite gives us the added benefit of picking and crushing small lots throughout the vineyard when the fruit has reached its peak flavors. Having control from the vineyard to the bottle insures that Écluse wines remain the truly remarkable wine that it is today!

Located only five minutes west of downtown Paso Robles, we invite you to discover the expression of our estate-grown wines while you savor the Ecluse difference. Join us and experience wine tasting the old fashion way, in the barrel room where you may even find Steve, proprietor and winemaker, with the wine thief offering barrel samples!

For an exclusive first glance at our wonderful wines, we encourage you to explore our website and discover the extraordinary wines of Écluse!

Come Savor the Wine that is truly Écluse!

Cheers!
Steve & Pam Lock
Proprietors


Three things to love about us:

Our philosophy has always been to use sustained viticulture practices to protect the land and to produce the very best wines from this special terroir we have here at our very own Lock Vineyard, which has become the foundation of our remarkable Écluse Wines. - We specialize in producing award winning Estate Rhône and Bordeaux Varietals and Blends, as well as our highly allocated Zinfandel. We have always believed that in order to create great wine, you have to start with great fruit. Having our own small winery onsite, at Lock Vineyard, gives us the added benefit of picking and crushing small lots throughout the vineyard when the fruit has reached its peak flavors. Not only is Steve in the vineyard daily tending to the grapes and monitoring the development of the fruit, but he handles all the winemaking duties. His passion for making small production wines with our high quality fruit is evident in every bottle. Having this control from the vineyard to the bottle ensures that Écluse will remain the truly remarkable wine that it is today. - Giving back is a very important aspect of who we are which is why we support Dogs for the Deaf through our wonderful second label, Blind Dog, which was created in 2009, in honor of our former vineyard mascots, and blind dogs, Toby and Bingo. Blind Dog is a great, eclectic blend of Paso Robles reds and continues to be a club favorite!


What makes us unique:

We invite you to visit us in our modest tasting room surrounded by our beautiful Lock Vineyards! We are perfectly located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, on the beautiful Central Coast, just ten minutes west of downtown Paso Robles. Come experience wine tasting the old fashion way - in the barrel room with the winemaker and proprietor Steve Lock! You may even be lucky and find Steve with the wine thief offering barrel samples! When he’s not in the vineyard or overseeing the winemaking, he is usually on hand himself to discuss our vineyard practices and winemaking approach. We invite you to visit and enjoy our incredible views while Savoring the Wine that is truly Écluse!


Our awards:

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - SWEEPSTAKES WINNER, Best Red - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle ~ 2012 Ensemble - Double Gold - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Gold Medal, 92 Points - San Francisco International Wine Competition, 91 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous ~ 2012 Improv - Double Gold – Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, 91 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous ~ 2012 Rendition - Gold Medal - Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine ~ 2012 Zinfandel - Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 90 Points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous ~ 2012 Petite Sirah - Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle, Gold Medal – Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine ~ 2011 Ensemble - Double Gold - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine,Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle, 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ~ 2010 Ensemble - Gold Medal - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 90 Points – Wine Enthusiast ~ 2010 Cab Reserve - Gold Medal - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine ~ 2010 Syrah - Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold Medal, BEST OF CLASS - 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold Medal - Love at First Sip! - Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 90 Points – Wine Enthusiast ~ 2010 Improv - Double Gold - Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle, 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 90 Points - Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate ~ 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - Gold Medal - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast ~ 2009 Reserve Cab - Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold Medal - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast ~ 2009 Improv - Gold Medal - Rhone Shootout, Affairs of the Vine, 90 Points - The Wine Advocate, after 3 weeks in bottle! ~ 2006 Syrah - Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle, 90 Points – California – Aussie Shootout ~ 2006 Ensemble - Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle, 95 Points – Cabernet Shootout ~ 2005 Ensemble - Double Gold Best of Class - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 93 points – Cabernet Shootout, Affairs of the Vine ~ 2005 Cab Reserve - Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle, 94 points - Cab Shootout, Affairs of the Vine ~ Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvee - Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 4th Year to Medal!


  Days and hours open

Fri11:00 AM4:00 PM
Sat11:00 AM4:00 PM
Sun11:00 AM4:00 PM

Tasting Policy:

Here at Ecluse, we strive to give our guests our memorable and personal “Ecluse Experience," therefore reservations are needed for groups of 7-10 people. To give your group the time and attention they deserve, we do require groups of this size to arrive by 10:30am. Tasting appointments must be made in advance and we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 10. To schedule a tasting reservation, please call 805-238-4999 or email kelly@eclusewines.com. Thanks and we look forward to welcoming you into our tasting room!


  • Casual
  • Informative/Educational
  • Has A View
  • Dog Friendly
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rhone
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvedre
  • Roussanne
  • Dessert Wine
  • Malbec
  • Petit Verdot
  • Merlot
  • Port
  • Blends
  • Petite Sirah
  • Bordeaux
  • Barrel Sampling
  • Outdoor Area
  • Wine Club
  • Picnic Sites
  • Ability to Purchase Wine

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