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“Paso is Rhone territory...But there’s some brilliant Cabernets out there from Daou, l’Aventure, Justin, Jada and a few others. #seriouswines”
— Jeb Dunnuck, Writer & Wine Critic for ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE

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“Paso is Rhone territory...But there’s some brilliant Cabernets out there from Daou, l’Aventure, Justin, Jada and a few others. #seriouswines”
— Jeb Dunnuck, Writer & Wine Critic for ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
 
 

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THE BEGINNING

 

Owner and proprietor, Jack Messina, is a cardio-thoracic surgeon and son of a Sicilian immigrant.  He grew up in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, with a vegetable garden and a grape vine trellis in his backyard and his father and Uncle “Nonno”, making home wine for their friends and family. As he pursued his passion for helping others as a medical doctor and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, the idea of growing and tending to plants and the land kept nagging at him. As the son of a Sicilian immigrant, it was a pastoral notion that he jokes was in his genes and it stuck with him, fluctuating to the tides of family life, and frequent trips to the great wine regions of France and Italy. In 1995, Jack began exploring the Central Coast to realize this long held dream, which was always envisioned as a marriage of aesthetics, nature, and family. Jack has always felt Jada is the ultimate landscaping project and overcome by the soil, climate, and beauty of Paso Robles, he realized he had found the perfect place to plant his first vineyard and olive orchard.

In 1999, the Messina family was introduced to the Hoy Family, who owned the ranch that included the first acreage planted by Jada. Initially all barley, painstaking effort ensued over the next decade to plant a 48 acre vineyard and, at its conclusion, in the Spring of 2008, Jada opened its door for the first time to the general public - a family-owned and operate 9,600 square foot, gravity-flow winery and Tasting Room and estate vineyard.

The boy from Bensonhurst had realized his dream . . . and the rest, as they say, is “history”.



THE LAND TODAY

Jada Vineyard lies in a incredible pocket of the Templeton Gap/Willow Creek District, blessed with cooling coastal air and abundant sunshine throughout the growing season. With sustainability and minimizing our environmental footprint a focus of our winegrowing program, Jada has embraced organic and biodynamic farming techniques and last year, received a SWEEP grant from the CDFA for our commitment to sustainability.

To our winemaker, Josh Harp, the beauty of the land here is found beneath the surface and it's the reason the Messina Family, back in 1999, purchased this 95 acre hillside estate on the West-side of Paso Robles. Under a shallow topsoil of clay loam lie massive deposits of calcareous shale and pockets of limestone. This challenging environment contributes to reduced vigor in the vines and decreased berry size, which plays a huge part in the intensity of our fruit and imparts a complex underlying minerality to our wines. Harvest at Jada generally begins near the end of September and the beginning of October allowing for a long maturation process  that results in superb development of color & intensity in character while maintaining acidity.

Jada's approach has always been one of "sustainable excellence" - avoiding short-cuts and focusing on those improvements that would increase wine quality year after year. We are proud today to celebrate our 13th vintage making estate wines, our 95th "90/+" wine rating, and our 11th anniversary, since opening our Tasting Room doors in 2008.

Scott Hawley (Torrin/Law), David Galzignato (Paraduxx/ Charles Krug), and Eric Jensen (Booker) have all been winemakers for Jada and today we are proud to celebrate the promotion of Joshua Harp to the storied list of winemakers who have headed our winemaking efforts. What has remained the same has always been this marriage of winemaking talent with a commitment to our land in service of quality, regardless of the cost, and together with these three elements, our best vintages are truly now upon us as we ready the release of our 2017 and 2018 vintages.

Currently, the ranch is planted to 45 acres of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, making under 5,000 cases to support our Wine Club and Tasting Room. All you have to do to be a part of this amazing effort is sit back, relax, sip, and enjoy!



Location:  Westside (Willow Creek District) Paso Robles, Ca

Geology:  Shallow topsoil of clay-loam over calcareous shale & limestone; well-drained, lean, and challenging

Average Elevation:  1,200 ft.

Temperature:  40-50 ° F temp. swings

Exposure of Slope:  Southwest

Acres Planted:  43

Year Planted:  1999 (1st planting) / 2008 (last Rhone update)

 Varieties Planted:  

Syrah, Grenache, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Spacing:  8’x3’ (1815 vines/acre) & 8’x6’ (908 vines/acre)

 

 

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“Jada, out of Paso Robles, already has a track record of impressive reds, but its whites have also caught my attention.”

— MaryAnn Worobiec, WINE SPECTATOR

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“Jada, out of Paso Robles, already has a track record of impressive reds, but its whites have also caught my attention.”

— MaryAnn Worobiec, WINE SPECTATOR

 
 

OWNER

Jack Messina

 


 

THE WINEMAKERS

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” - Aristotle

 

ETYMOLOGY

"Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths." - Joseph Campbell

 

 

 

 
 
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