Kory, Cathy and Kaia Burke
As the new owners and previous wine club members making their wine at Gelfand Vineyards, Kory and Cathy Burke feel very fortunate to carry on the legacy of Gelfand Vineyards. In 2016 they celebrated a milestone birthday in Paso Robles and immediately fell in love with the town. With a dream of making amazing wines and raising their daughter, Kaia, in an idyllic town, they quickly realized the charm of Paso Robles lent itself as the perfect place.
After stumbling upon a neglected boutique vineyard and a house just a mile as the crow flies from Gelfand Vineyards that was in need of some passion and love, they quickly jumped at the opportunity to tackle the project. The now renovated vacation rental at Dudley Vineyard has been shared with with others looking for their own private vineyard experience (https://gelfandvineyards.com/stay
) while connecting with their loved ones. When it came to make the wine from the vineyard, the Burkes saw how their tastes mirrored the wines Len Gelfand had been making at Gelfand Vineyards. After some cajoling and Kory's willingness to do whatever necessary in making wine, Kory began working with Len on Dudley Vineyard wines and also with Gelfand Vineyards wines with Len's secrets to making amazing wines.
With the primary focus of continuing the winemaking magic at Gelfand Vineyards as Kory has gained his winemaking knowledge from, they're also focused on growing the experiential and on-site experiences that the Gelfand Vineyards Wine Club has been asking for. As local Paso Roblans they're ready to set up a unique and personalized 1:1 on-site tasting experience while also continuing the Gelfand winemaking method seen in the amazing big bold reds exclusive to Gelfand Vineyards.
Over the past nearly 20 years Len and Jan laid the foundation for a truly laid back, unique and memorable winery and vineyard experience at Gelfand Vineyards. The hallmark on-site tasting experience remains the same as they pass the torch to Kory and Cathy to lead Gelfand Vineyards into its next stage. The personal touch and engaging and interactive experience continues to be the cornerstone focus.
The Gelfands have been passionate about wines for many years. Having had the opportunity to travel and visit hundreds of boutique wineries around the world with a dream to one day create a winery experience drawing upon their travels. The end result became the unique experience seen at Gelfand Vineyards starting in the early 2000s.
Gelfand Vineyards focuses on producing limited quantities of the highest quality grapes available to be handcrafted into premium wines. We look forward to sharing these wines and memories with you.
The Real Dirt
Established in 2000, the property lives on rolling hills embedded with the limestone and calcareous soils seen in Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. The goal was to create wines that were memorable not only in taste, but also in experience...whether it be at the vineyard or at home with loved ones and friends.
To ensure the unique experience that has become synonymous with our winery, we offer appointment-only bookings. We are very thankful for each and every one of our Club Members as well as our future Club Members and believe the intimate experience we offer is the backbone to our success.
What makes Paso Robles unique is the amazing fluctuation of temperatures every day during the growing season. During the growing season you can wake up at 50 degrees and by afternoon it'll be 90-100 degrees out. This diurnal shift lends itself to amazing red wines only seen in the greatest wine regions of the world. Our land produces the cornerstone grapes in California with a focus on red varietals seen in both Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley.
What makes Gelfand Vineyards unique is the intimate 1:1 experience with the winemaker and owner, Kory, the beautiful views from multiple tasting areas on property (including the 270 degree view of the Central Coast when available!), and our singular goal to make your visit to Gelfand your most memorable vineyard and winery experience with views that will live in your memories for years to come.
We focus on red varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. We create award-winning unique blends and single varietal wines. From our Lajur (translating to "Impossible Dream") to our SFR (also known as Sh*t-faced Red thanks to our Club Members who create this amazing blend every year that will sneak up on you if you're not careful) to our Mènage-A-Bunch which is made of our legacy grapes, we believe in producing wines that pair with everything. Not to mention our experimental vineyard where we blend world-class grapes in new ways.
As we look to expand the boundaries of wine making in Paso Robles, we use our sister vineyard, Dudley Vineyard, to be the core of our experimental wine exploration where we create wines found nowhere else.