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First Era

1856 – The Beginning
Adolph Siot, a French immigrant, was the first to plant wine grapes and build a winery in Templeton, CA
He purchased a 140 acre property in 1891, and planted fruit trees and grapevines from which he made wine.
1908 – The ROTTA era
Joe Rotta, migrated from Italy in 1905 and later acquired the vineyard and winery from Siot.
1920’s – Prohibition
Clement Rotta purchased the vineyard and winery from his brother Joe in 1922 ROTTA Winery continued operation by producing sacramental wine for local churches as well as grape juice

Second Era

1933 – Bonded Winery
With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Clement Rotta bonded the family winery and resumed commercial operations

1960’s & 70’s –The ROTTA Run
College students and surfers from the south would drive up to ROTTA (one of three wineries in Paso Robles at the time) and purchase gallon jugs of wine for $2.25. Romilda “Momma” Rotta  would fill up the jugs and if you brought your own, she’d take $0.50 off the price.


Recent Era

2001 – Reviving the Past
With the rapid expansion in the Paso Robles AVA, Mike Giubbini, grandson of Clement Rotta, sought to resume commercial operations at ROTTA
2003 – The San Simeon Earthquake
In December of 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Central Coast of California and the original winery buildings were devastated
2006 – The Construction
In the wake of the devastation caused by the earthquake, a new, state-of-the-art winery was constructed the original winery site

winery & vineyards

Paso Robles, California

Rotta sits on some of the finest grape growing soils in the famed Willow Creek District of the West side of Paso Robles. On the tail end of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range our vineyards hang off the steep hillsides comprised of old bedrock with largely Calcareous soils. Amongst the stratified layers of calcarious rock are occasional patches of younger marine sedimentary rocks of the Miocene age Monterey Formation. These soils are laden with old marine fossils and the occasional chunk of the famed Paso “whale bone”.

Being one of the furthest West appellations nestled in the heart of the Templeton Gap, our micro climate is heavily influenced by our proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the hills and valleys that surround us. The result is warm sunny days and cool nights with temperatures falling 30 degrees in the late afternoon. This diurnal fluctuation is cornerstone to maintaining the acidity levels in our grapes while slowly achieving perfect ripeness. This microclimate married with the complex rock soils laced with marine fossils produce exceptional wines with an absolute sense of place. Something the French refer to as “terrior”. 20 acres Planted on the West Side Estate Vineyard at an elevation of 1200 ft:

On the Eastside of Paso Robles is our 92 acre Buena Vista Vineyard. Rows running east to west on the Estrella Bench, reside in alluvial, sandy loam soil laced with crushed calcareous rock and river stone. Excellent drainage and light soils stress the vines to produce grapes of intense flavor and character. Again, the warm days and cool nights have a dramatic impact on acid levels. This diurnal temperature fluctuation, “The Paso effect”, produces the juicy ripeness that is indicative of amazing Bordeaux varietals.

Vines deeply rooted in stratified layers of calcarious rock
Bone Rock

Winemaker Christian Tietje

Winemaker Christian Tietje

Christian Tietje is the surfer, punk rocker, metal artist, winemaker who makes big, badass red wines for Cypher Winery in Paso Robles California. You will recognize his wines with names like Anarchy, Peasant and Heretic with outrageous art labels affectionately referred to by the industry as "The Freaks". Paso is where he calls home because of his love for winemaking and Paso's proximity to the Pacific Ocean, just 30 minutes away.

Christian began life on the East coast dividing his time between the New Jersey and a small beach town in southern Maine called Wells.  He put himself through school in Boston as a chef and chased everything artistic that inspired him. His love for food and wine developed his lustful fetish for oysters, assorted other bivalves and all things seafood especially when washed down with Chablis, Sancerre or eclectic whites from Alsace and Austria. Moving to the West Coast to surf and pursue winemaking was the obvious next step.

After two vintages in California and one in the South of France he settled in and Started Four Vines Winery out of his garage. Four Vines built his reputation for producing some of California's finest Zinfandels and eclectic Rhone Blends. He was also one know as one of the first champions of the "No Oak" style of white wine winemaking. Given his culinary past and lust for European white wines, it was a natural next step that Christian would make racy, acid driven Chardonnays out of Santa Barbara and introduce the industry to the concept of "Naked" wines. Four Vines grew to be a monster and ultimately needed to evolve to a more corporate style of management so Christian and his partners sold Four Vines. He kept his high end wines (the Freaks) and returned to his roots of being a small lot, cutting edge winery under the new name of "Cypher".

Summer of 2015.. enter the Rotta project.
A friend introduced Sebastian Budeguer to Christian. Sebastian asked him to help reinvent one of California's oldest wineries, Rotta.  "Once I walked the old vine vineyards and saw the potential, the creative juices started to flow." Christian & Sebastian upgraded the winery, the vineyards and are now bringing a new sophistication to the winemaking. Together, they created a new direction for the winery capturing both the imagination of the future while paying homage to its past...

Club Rotta

Club Rotta

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§ 20% discount on wine & logo merchandise

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§ 12 bottle shipments, Twice a year: April & September

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The After Hours Club

§ 1 bottle Zinfandel Port & 1 bottle Black Monukka

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