The intense flavor profiles of the "Dusi Fruit" are characteristic of the land's unique micro climate and the family's old-world, handcrafted grape growing techniques. The 100-acre estate is located just south of Paso Robles. The fruit has been used by many fine Paso Robles' wineries such as Turley, Four Vines, Cypher, Tobin James, and JC Cellars.
Three generations after Janell Dusi's great-grandparents first planted the land to Zinfandel; she is continuing the legacy of one of the area's most well-loved vineyards, and taking ten percent of the production off the Dusi Vineyard to create J Dusi Wines.
The original Rotta vineyard and winery was one of the first three wineries established in the Paso Robles wine region in 1856. Joe Rotta purchased it in 1908 then sold it to his brother Clement Rotta in the 1920's. The winery has been and remains today, known best for its hearty Zinfandels. The Rotta label was revived by grandsons Michael Giubbini, who remembers long, happy days of working in the vineyard as a child when he visited his grandparents from his home in Menlo Park. He fell in love with the area, so after graduating from high school, he attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has been here ever since.
Janell Dusi is quickly becoming one of Paso Robles' rising stars. The winery does not have a tasting room, so this tour is a rare opportunity for you to visit the vineyard and enjoy an exclusive tasting with the Janell in her parent's home located on the estate. You'll also get an exclusive tour or the Rotta Vineyards with Mike Giubinni and private tasting, then finish the tour at Tablas Creek where you'll learn about their contribution to the history of the Paso Robles' wine region, enjoy a tour of their beautiful vineyard and winery and see a grafting demonstration before tasting their world-class wines.
This is just a taste of what's in store. If you'd like to find out more, and experience an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour guided by First Crush owner, Becky Zelinski, register today. Space is limited to 14 seats for each tour and includes deluxe transportation, tasting fees and a wine and cheese pairing or lunch. For full details or to register, click here.