Nadeau Family Vintners
Robert & Patrice Nadeau
Tell us about your business.Robert started in the Paso Robles wine industry when only a handful of wineries existed in the area. Then, in 1995, newly married and having crafted wines for several well known vintners over the years, Robert, along with his new bride, Patrice decided to show their love of the area and the wine industry by starting Nadeau Family Vintners. We looked for property that would allow us to grow grapes the way the pioneers in the industry farmed and we did just that buying a beautiful piece in what is referred to as the Adelaide. Our scant 8 acre vineyard is planted to Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache and we supplement those varietals by purchasing fruit from like-minded growers. Our intent is to stay small, producing less than 2000 cases per vintage, and focus our efforts on making every wine representative of the uniqueness that Paso Robles has to offer in terms of terroir. We love where we live and we love what we do. We hope it shows in every bottle.
What makes your business stand out?We are truly a small, family owned and operated business. We do it all, from farming the land with a focus on sustainability (we dry farm our vineyard, which means that Mother Nature is our only source of irrigation), to crafting the wine and then marketing our end product in our tasting room and out into the marketplace. We have no employees and never have, which means that there has been a Nadeau behind the wine bar and answering the phone since the day we opened in May of 1998. This is a reflection of our commitment both to the quality of our product and to our belief that no one can represent your love and faith in what you do like you can as the owner of the business.
What's the best business advice you've received?Always, always, always make sure that the customer knows how much they mean to you and the success of your business. Without our loyal customer base, and in particular, our wine club, we would not be able to succeed in an industry that is growing not just locally, but worldwide by leaps and bounds.
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