Central Coast Wine Services

Central Coast Wine Services

Central Coast Wine Services is a multi-winery processing and warehouse facility located in Santa Maria, CA.

Infobox Winery
winery_name = Central Coast Wine Services
location_city = Santa Maria
location_country = USA
appellation = Santa Maria Valley
former_name = Central Coast Wine Warehouse
year_founded = 1988
first_vintage = 1988
key_people = Chris Brown (winemaker), Ron Gabel (General Manager), Steve Miller (Owner), Nicholas Miller (Owner)
parent_company =
cases_per_year =
signature_wine = Lane Tanner, Hitching Post, Core, Red Car, Paul Lato, Herman Story, McPrice Meyers, Costa de Oro, Summerland, clos Pepe, Stephen Ross Cellars, J. Wilkes, Westerly, Kunin, Sans Permis
varietal1 = Pinot Noir
varietal2 = Syrah
varietal3 = Chardonnay
varietal4 = Merlot
varietal5 = Grenache
varietal6 =
varietal7 =
varietal8 =
varietal9 =
varietal10 =
homepage= http://www.centralcoastwineservices.com
tasting= not open to public


The Central Coast Wine Services was founded in 1988 by the Miller family [cite web|url=http://www.sbwines.com/columns/SMDecember22_2004.html|title="Wine Column: Bob Miller Remembered", Santa Maria Times |accessdate = 2007-05-11] as a warehouse facility for wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties to store their finished cases of bottled wine. Over the years the firm has expanded into a variety of wine making services including: custom crushing of grapes, custom winemaking, bottling, and bonded wine-making production space rental. [cite web|url=http://www.centralcoastwineservices.com/Default.asp?Page=64|title="Facility", Central Coast Wine Services|accessdate = 2007-05-12]


The Central Coast Wine Services and its branch location, the Paso Robles Wine Services, are in a small peer group of wineries whose primary business is custom production for other wine labels, rather than producing wine for a label they own. [cite web|url=http://www.avenuevine.com/archives/002002.html|title="How to Work With Custom Crush Facilities as Partners", Wine Business Monthly|accessdate = 2007-05-11] Other such facilities include: Napa Wine Company [cite web|url=http://www.napawineco.com/|title=Official Site, Napa Wine Company|accessdate = 2007-05-11] , Sonoma Wine Company [cite web|url=http://www.sonoma-wineco.com/|title=Official Site, Sonoma Wine Company|accessdate = 2007-05-11] , Courtside Cellars [cite web|url=http://www.courtsidecellars.com/|title=Official Site, Courtside Cellars|accessdate = 2007-05-11] , and Golden State Vinters.

These types of facilities are an American twist on various wine cooperatives such as KWV and Saint-Victor-la-Coste. They differ in that they are privately owned by the customers of the facilities and each has their own label. They are similar in that they utilize the same equipment (crusher-destemmers, wine presses, and stainless steel cooperage) and are often associated with a particular region's enological development.


The Central Coast Wine Services is the home to 40 different labels. That represents approximately one third of the labels in Santa Barbara county. [cite web|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3488/is_2_86/ai_n11840887|title="A closer look at PRWS: 75 Central Coast brands under one roof", Wines & Vines|accessdate = 2007-05-12] Owing to the concentration of wineries in the facility, it has become a center for other wine industry service providers such as Vinquiry. [cite web|url=http://www.vinquiry.com/|title=Official Site, Vinquiry|accessdate = 2007-05-12]

Capacity of the Facility

*Current Square footage of facility: 250,000
*Stainless Steel Storage: 1,800,000 gallons
*Case Good Storage: 485,000 cases
*Bottling capacity: 3,000 cases per day
*Barrel storage: 10,000+ barrels
*Press capacity: 600 tons per day
*Certified scale: 70 foot truck scale and 5000 lbs. "bin" scale
*A P Facilities: Approximately 40 individual wineries [cite web|url=http://www.centralcoastwineservices.com/Default.asp?Page=64|title="Facility", Central Coast Wine Services|accessdate = 2007-05-10]

Media References

The Hitching Post restaurant and winery features prominently in the movie Sideways. The Hitching Post Wine is produced by Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley at the Central Coast Wine Services. [cite web|url=http://www.hitchingpost2.com/HPWinery.html|title="Sideways", Hitching Post Website|accessdate = 2007-05-12]


External links

* [http://www.centralcoastwineservices.com/ Central Coast Wine Services' Official Site]
* [http://www.vinquiry.com/ Vinquiry's Official Site]
* [http://www.pasorobleswineservices.com/ Paso Robles Wine Services' Official Site]
* [http://www.hitchingpost2.com/ The Hitching Post's Official Site]

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