April 2011  

The Sport of Kings and Days of Wine and Roses - Windfall Farms Appeals to Equestrian and Viticulture Enthusiasts


Two horses trained at Windfall Farms set their sites for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 7th

Often referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports, The Kentucky Derby is an event like none other in the sports world and two Windfall Farms grads are getting ready for their big day on May 7th in Louisville. After his purchase in 2010, Twice the Appeal was sent by his owners to Adrian Gonzalez, owner of Checkmate Thoroughbreds for freshening up and to be prepped for racing. The colt has earned $449,000 in 10 starts and after a strong second at Turf Paradise, he earned a breakthrough win in the Sunland Derby and stamped his ticket to Louisville for the first jewel of the Triple Crown with the $400,000 winner's share. Another Windfall Farm grad named Sway Away will run in the $1,000,000 G1 Arkansas Derby on Apr 16. If the colt does well in this race, he will also be running in the Derby on May 7.


The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20, three-year-olds with graded stakes earnings used to determine the field if more than 20 horses are entered. More people attend the Kentucky Derby than the Super Bowl and a World Series game combined.

As background to the colt's training ground, Windfall Farms is a 720-acre thoroughbred breeding farm located near Paso Robles, California. Windfall Farms will become a one of a kind equestrian/wine/cattle ranch community, and as Marlize Van Romburgh from the Pacific Coast Business Times noted, "Windfall Farms may one day be to Paso Robles what Montecito is to Santa Barbara-an enclave for millionaire retirees and the weekend wealthy. But the San Luis Obispo County version has a few extra country charms thrown in, like alfalfa fields, grazing cattle, wine grapes and Kentucky style horse facilities".


The rolling hills, stunning architecture and world class equestrian facilities have the possibility to be combined with vineyards, a state of the art winery with a tasting room, and ranch operations to offer home/estate buyers an exceptional residential lifestyle experience. The property includes 320 acres currently planted in alfalfa, oats and forage mix.  

Home sites will be established on each of the parcels with building envelopes and access for primary and secondary units. The balance of the lots will be planted in grapes - "The Rolling Hills Vineyard Estates" or utilized for the naturally raised grass fed, cattle ranch operations - "The Creston Range Estates".

Parcels with the existing run in sheds will be designed to incorporate the existing improvements in the site design for parties interested in their own equestrian facilities - "The Steeples Equestrian Estates".

Farming easements or leases will be put in place to ensure grape production/revenue for "gentlemen farmers"  that could be additional appeal for lot buyers. The lease income from the operation of organic, grass fed cattle ranching operations will also be available to lot owners in select locations.

Steeples Equestrian Estates take advantage of lots with existing pastures and barns for owners who choose to keep their own horses on site. A 15,000 sq. ft. training barn includes a loft and large observatory next to a racetrack modeled after Southern California's historic Santa Anita racetrack. Sites offer stunning vistas in all directions.

Windfall Farms currently has the ability to accommodate all equine services including broodmare care, breeding, foaling, layups, sales preparation, breaking, boarding and training. Equestrian infrastructure includes yearling and training facilities, a 6 furlong racetrack, 5-stall Eurociser, 70 pasture and paddock areas,17 run-in sheds, covered exercise rings, round pens and a veterinary clinic.   

Windfall Farms Rolling Hills Vineyard Estates will add to an already impressive area wine reputation.   As California's fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a 24-square-mile territory encompassing more than 26,000 vineyard acres and over 170 wineries. Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra premium wines such as greater day-to-night temperature swings than any other appellation in California, distinct micro-climates, diverse soils and a long growing season. As a result, more than 40 wine grape varieties are grown in Paso Robles, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, and Zinfandel, the area's heritage wine varietal. The economic impact of wine and grapes in the Paso Robles AVA is estimated at $1.5 billion, employing 7,000 persons with a total payroll of $182 million. The area is now on the radar along with Napa and Sonoma for attracting the attention of serious wine enthusiasts. In late 2010, according  to the The Pacific Coast Business Times, a unit of Roll International, the investment vehicle of Stewart and Lynda Resnick, paid $65 million to acquire Paso Robles-based Justin Vineyards & Winery - one of the elite names in Central Coast winemaking.

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The Sport of Kings and Days of Wine and Roses - Windfall Farms Appeals to Equestrian and Viticulture Enthusuasts
Windfall Farms Estate Owners Will Have An Opportunity To Experience A Plethora Of Area Dining And Night Life
El Paso De Robles - Vibrant and Charming
Home of a Rich History Care Is Available At New Retail Locations
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  • 1 tablespoon sugar
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Windfall Farms Estate Owners Will Have An Opportunity To Experience A Plethora Of Area Dining And Night Life Options


With so many wineries, farms and ranches embroidered into the Paso Robles landscape, and with two fishing ports nearby, it's only natural that excellent restaurants would follow. Indeed, Paso Robles is known throughout the region as the place to dine. From the artistry of local early California and Mediterranean cuisine to the family-friendly setting and fresh fare at eclectic bistros, variety is easy to find in Paso Robles. In fact, a short stroll around downtown reveals an abundance of restaurants specializing in Thai, French, Japanese, Mexican, East Indian and Chinese dishes. Renowned establishments specialize in elegant wine country cuisine and showcase the Central Coast's flair for cooking a steak properly. Paso Robles is also rich in comfort food such as pizza, tacos, cowboy breakfasts, pub fare and pastries. You can even enjoy live music with a late-night meal.


Shopping & Attractions

Wine may be the star attraction in Paso Robles, but it is far from the lone attraction. Indeed, Paso Robles boasts a wide range of family-friendly experiences from the cultural to the recreational. Paso Robles' picturesque downtown offers dozens of specialty shops and boutiques featuring everything from olive oil tasting to local artisans to surf gear. Kids and their imaginations have plenty of room to roam at the Paso Robles Children's Museum, and everyone can appreciate 19 artists at work in the unique Studios on the Park Working Artist's Studio. Other family favorites include the slippery slides at the Ravine Waterpark, the sweet treats, fresh produce and live ranch animals at Jack Creek Farms, and the playful grounds of Sherwood Forest Playground and the Barney Schwartz Sports Complex Park. Boating, fishing and water skiing are popular pastimes at Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio, while hot springs and spa treatments may be enjoyed at the Paso Robles Inn and River Oaks Hot Springs Spa. Even a trip to the beach is just 30 minutes away.


Source: City of Paso Robles

El Paso De Robles - Vibrant And Charming 


El Paso de Robles, or "Pass of the Oaks", a community of 29,950 nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California, where the values and riches of the past are interwoven with the future. Located close to mountains, beaches, and deserts, it is situated midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it is also a gateway to thriving metropolitan areas north, south and east. Airport Area Commercial and Industrial Development: Development opportunities surround The Paso Robles Municipal Airport provides convenient access to this enchanting region. With one of the best weather patterns and exceptional physical facilities (main runway 6,000 feet and planned for further expansion) and a new Regional Air Terminal, the city's airport provides a convenient resource for visitors and business people.  


Paso Robles understands the importance of business and works hard to attract commerce in a diverse array of industries. Paso Robles' population growth continues to exceed much of the Central Coast. With just over 11% of San Luis Obispo County's population, the City has 19% of retail sales and 53% of manufacturing jobs. Paso Robles holds the charm of a rural community, but is developing into a center of industry, viticulture, recreation, commerce, and housing. It is truly a place with something for everyone.



Home of a Rich History


The present has always been connected to the past in Paso Robles. It may be regarded as the hottest "new" wine country in the west, but that doesn't keep Paso Roblans from sticking to their roots. Healthful hot springs, bountiful crops and hard-working cowboys and cowgirls are not just a part of the local heritage, but are also an integral part of the community today.


Since day one, Paso Robles has been known as a place to rejuvenate and relax. The native Salinan Indians called the region "the Springs," and in the 1700's they enlightened Spain's Franciscan padres about the healing benefits of the region's abundant thermal waters. The padres, in turn, planted the region's first vineyards and taught the Indians about cattle ranching, farming and winemaking. Indeed, the Mission-era fermentation vats can still be seen at nearby Mission San Miguel. By the mid 1800's, settlers of European descent joined the Native American, Mexican and Spanish residents in farming the region. Meanwhile, tourists came in greater numbers to enjoy "El Paso de Robles Hot and Cold Sulphur Springs and the Only Natural Mud Baths in the World," which had been developed and advertised by prominent local land owners Daniel D. Blackburn and Drury James (the uncle of the outlaw Jesse James), who envisioned a planned spa community.


By the time the railroad arrived in the late 1880's, Blackburn and James had attracted investors to help establish the beginnings of a town with first-class amenities. They saw to the city's incorporation in 1889; designed the town's City Park (then fenced by a hedge of cacti); and, in 1891, built an extensive bathhouse over the sulphur spring as well as the three-story Hotel El Paso de Robles, which is today the Paso Robles Inn. During this era, Paso Robles also grew to be called "Almond City" as it possessed the world's largest concentration of almond orchards, a title that would stick until the Central Valley gained access to plentiful irrigation.


The 1880's also welcomed the city's first commercial wineries. Andrew York established Ascension Winery at what is now York Mountain Winery. The Nerellis, Dusis, Martinellis, Busis, Vostis and Bianchis are just some of the other families that launched Paso Robles wineries in the early twentieth century. Still more attention was drawn to the region in the 1920's when Ignacy Paderewski, the famous Polish statesman and concert pianist, purchased 2,000 acres and planted Petite Sirah and Zinfandel on his Rancho San Ignacio Vineyard in the Adelaide area. And, with his performances at the Paso Robles Inn, he became a fixture amid the Inn's glittering scene, which entertained the likes of Jack Dempsey, President Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Fairbanks, Boris Karloff, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and even the Pittsburgh Pirates during their spring training.


The city's population hovered at around 3,000 until the 1940's, when the development of the U.S. Army's nearby Camp Roberts infused new people and development into the area. The famed California Mid-State Fair began in 1946 and continues to be a vibrant part of the community. Today, Paso Robles is a bustling city of 29,950 residents in the heart of a wine country with more than 200 wineries and more than 26,000 vineyard acres. Hot spring treatments are still available at the Paso Robles Inn and River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, and City Park remains the heart of our community. While Paso Robles is today brimming with new ideas, fresh flavors and progressive tastes, residents manage to keep it real.


The beauty of Limoneira's Windfall Farms and the attractions of Paso Robles provide a unique investment opportunity. Please visit www.windfallfarms.net for more information.