Clavo winery is owned and operated by Neil Roberts, who has been a highly sought after viticulturist in the region for more than 20 years. In 2007 Neil started his own label and makes wine from fruit from vineyards which he manages. The label specializes in hand-grown artisan wines that express the character and culture of these Paso Robles vineyards.
The name CLAVO means “nail” in Spanish—a play on Neil’s name which he acquired early in his career as a viticulturist, as given to him by vineyard workers. The nail symbol dominates his wine labels.
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The storefront tasting room, in the small wine town of Templeton, is an attractive wood sided building nearby the tall grain elevators that dominate the tiny town. Inside is a wide well appointed space with a small tasting bar at one end, serving up Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, a rose, Zinfandel, a Proprietary Blend called Collusion, and their flagship blend, Reckless Moment.
On Friday and Saturday nights they stay open till 7pm and include cheese pairing along with your tasting.