A Tale of Two Vineyards

Two sites near Paso Robles farm conscientiously, and both make excellent wines. But in the climate change era, one gets enough rain, the other doesn’t.

AmByth Estate, near Paso Robles, does not irrigate. The owners hope it has enough ground water to get through the growing season. Credit…Daniel Dreifuss for The New York Times

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By Eric Asimov

TEMPLETON, Calif. — This is a story of two wine producers in the Paso Robles region. They are different in size, background and intent, yet they have important elements in common, starting with a commitment to the land and to creating diverse, sustainable ecosystems. One is thriving, the other struggling to survive.

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