Pacific Vineyard Company
"George Donati’s company has been managing and developing vineyards throughout the Central Coast since 1973, meaning, essentially, that he has been walking the vineyards since the first vines were put in."
Perhaps no human being knows more about the vineyards of San Luis Obispo County than George Donati, which makes sense given that he is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in farming there. As the general manager of Pacific Vineyard Company, he is responsible for managing Spanish Springs Vineyard, making him an indispensable part of the Oceano Wines team.
Donati’s company has been managing and developing vineyards throughout the Central Coast – with a concentration in San Luis Obispo County – since 1973, meaning, essentially, that he has been walking the vineyards since the first vines were put in – and long before the movie “Sideways” brought the surrounding area to the attention of millions of wine drinkers. The company works with well-known wineries, such as Baileyana, as well as boutique producers, like Oceano, taking care of all aspects of the grape-growing process, or as in Oceano’s case, working closely with the winemaker and proprietors, managing the vineyard to their specifications.
Currently, the company manages some 1,800 acres of vineyards, nearly 1,400 of which carry the coveted SIP certification. Producing fruit that is Sustainable In Practice is particularly important for Donati given his family’s long history in the area. And his expertise isn’t confined to commercially important grapes, such as chardonnay and pinot noir. Spanish Springs itself is the source of eight different varieties, including albarino, barbera and viognier. All told, Pacific Wine Company grows 18 different varieties.
That range of experience in this cool-climate region is an invaluable tool for co-proprietors/vintners Rachel Martin and Kurt Deutsch, and winemaker Marbue Marke, enabling them to transform great fruit into great wine.