Joe and Shirlene Barton established Grey Wolf Cellars in August 1994. Since then, the Bartons have made their winery a family-run business. Joe Senior had a vision and a dream to create great wine and do so with his family. He put on his wine labels, "A family is a circle of caring, strong and eternal." He succeeded because he always put 100% into everything he did. Joe Senior left our pack in the Winter of 1998, but his dream and passion lives on through his family and the spirit of Grey Wolf.
The Barton's son, Joseph, a Fruit Science Graduate from Cal Poly, S.L.O., is the current winemaker at Grey Wolf Cellars. He credits local winemakers for providing friendly support and advice towards his ability to continue to craft premium quality wines.
From winemaking to farming, family participation has always been the cornerstone of Grey Wolf's excellence. Every bottle of Grey Wolf wine is our signature of a fine, hand-crafted product for our family and yours. Grey Wolf's style has always been to create wines that have depth and complexity for superior aging potential yet also approachable and drinkable young.
Joseph's techniques are geared at enhancing the natural flavors from the vineyard with old world winemaking using hand-punched, small open-top fermentors. Through this, maximum extraction can be achieved. All wines are 100% barrel aged exclusively in French and American Oak. Most importantly, Joseph handles 100% of the wine operation insuring that every step in the process is done to its fullest potential.
Key People Shirlene Barton- Owner Joe Barton- Winemaker/Owner Allie Haskins- Assistant Winemaker
Special Offers for ZAP Members
Tasting Discount:Wine Purchase Discount Online: 20% on bottles Offers ZAP Members Invitations to Wine Club or Special Events * ZAP members are welcome to become members of our wine club, which receive first priority for our parties and events.
ZAP Member Since: 2006 Winery Founded: 1994 Winery Location Region: Central Coast Cases Produced: 4,000 Winery Open for Tasting: Yes Winery Charges for Tasting: Yes * 5$ Tasting fee that is refunded with wine purchase Retail Sales at Winery: Yes Offers Online Sales: Yes * Wine Club members receive discounts year round Has a Wine Club: Yes * Our wine club receives two shipments per year and members have the choice between 3,6, and 12 bottles per shipment. Discounts are up to 30% off retail price and only include our best wines! Offers Winery Tours: By Appt. Only Offers Vineyard Tours: By Appt. Only Food Available at Winery: Yes * Starting in the summer of 2013 we will be offering small bites out of our brand new kitchen addition to the tasting room! Has a Picnic Area: Yes * We would love for you to come utilize our picnic area that's beautifully shaded by huge oak trees, overlooking the Zinfandel portion of our vineyard. We also have a bbq and pizza oven that and be used with advance notice! Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: By Appt. Only * We are starting to offer tours with one of our winemakers that will be available by appointment only. We can design the tour around your desires and barrel samples are also an option! Offers a Barrel Tasting: By Appt. Only * We can design the tour around your desires and wine preference. We love the idea of giving people sneak previews of future wines to be bottled!