Big developments in the local wine industry. Gary Eberle, who last year was ousted from the winery he founded decades ago, has once again taken control of Eberle Winery. Gary and Marcy Eberle say Gary took a majority ownership interest in his namesake winery yesterday morning.
“It hit me hard when I faced the fact that I lacked majority control over this place,” says Eberle. “Now the future is up to me and my wife Marcy to continue to develop the property and its wine to their utmost potential.”
Eberle, who is often called the Godfather of the Paso Robles wine region arrived in the region in 1973 and helped create Estrella River Winery, which produced 300,000 cases of wine each year. Later, he developed his own Eberle Winery, which currently produces 27,000 cases of wine each year and remains one of the most award-winning wineries in the United States. Eberle was one of three winemakers to create the Paso Robles Appellation and has been active in promoting the area as a leading wine producing region.
Most recently, the California State Fair announced it will honor Eberle’s contributions to the wine world with the 2015 Wine Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala on June 25th in Sacramento.
Eberle says his winery will continue to use its Estate vineyard for grapes and source to partners including Dick and Claudia Woodland for their fruit from the Patricia Diane Vineyard, Howie and Bev Steinbeck and others whose quality of grapes have helped create the prestige of the Eberle label. Gary and Marcy say they are also looking forward to working with their other partners Marvin and Judith Zeidler and Craig and Kathy Bonelli on this new chapter for Eberle Winery.
Eberle Winery is located at 3810 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446.