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Clavo Cellars

Templeton, California

Clavo Cellars is a boutique winery located downtown beautiful Templeton, CA. Specializing in terrior-driven, single varietal wines such as Malbec, Albarino, Petite Sirah, Vermentino and Zinfandel. Stop by the tasting room to try some of the region's best wines!

Neil Roberts put down roots on the Central Coast more than 20 years ago and is today recognized as one of the region's premier viticulturist, growing grapes for some of the region's finest vineyards under the banner of Roberts Vineyard Services.

Neil is committed to "growing quality the right way", which includes emphasis on sustainable vineyard practices that nurture both the vines and the surrounding environment. Similarly, he uses a gentle hand in the cellar, enabling the natural qualitites of the fruit to shine in the finished wine. His winemaking approach includes careful hand sorting of clusters prior to fermentation; sacrificing quantity for quality through light pressing of the grapes; using judicious amounts of new oak barrels to ensure balance as well as structure.

"I put a tremendous amount of thought and care into making these wines," Neil says. "But once the cork is pulled, it all comes down to the simple pleasure of experiencing everything that a remarkable vineyard has to offer."