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From television producers to wine producers
Proprietors & History
Winemaker
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Team

In 2005, proprietors Ken & Julie Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe began the pursuit of turning their long-held dream of owning a vineyard into a reality. Once childhood friends in the backstreets of Liverpool, the Emmy-winning pair would grow up to produce the primetime hit, American Idol.

It was during their time on Idol, travelling between audition cities, that they first discovered Paso Robles, a wine region still under the radar. Not long after consulting with their families, Ken and Nigel purchased and began redevelopment of an old-vine property located at the northern edge of the Paso Robles AVA. Over ten years later, Villa San-Juliette has emerged as a premier wine destination on the Central Coast.

Nigel Lythgoe Villa San Juliette
Ken and Nigel

Winemaker Dan Smith

An Oregon native, Dan grew up influenced by the Pinot Noir vineyards of the Willamette Valley. He went on to study Wine & Viticulture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo before embarking on a journey to fine tune his craft in wine regions worldwide. In 2013, Dan joined the winemaking team at Villa San-Juliette and took the lead as head winemaker in 2015.

The dynamic winemaking style at VSJ achieves balance and complexity while highlighting the natural character of the fruit. The wines are made in small lots with precision and care, aged in French and American barrels, and blended throughout the aging process to fully integrate the flavors that result in cohesive and elegant wines.

Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast

2013 Alicante Bouschet, 91 points
2013 Chorum Red Blend, 93 points
2013 Romantique Red Blend, 91 points
2013 Grenache Reserve, 92 points
2014 Grenache Reserve, 91 points
2014 Chorum Red Blend, 92 points
2014 Sauvignon Blanc Estate, 90 points
2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 90 points
2015 Petit Verdot Reserve, 90 points
2017 Rosé Reserve, 90 points
2017 Grenache Reserve, 90 points
2017 Alicante Bouschet, 91 points EDITORS’ CHOICE
2017 Petite Sirah, 92 points
2017 Petit Verdot Reserve, 91 points
2017 Chorum Red, 92 points
2018 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 91 points
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Res, 91 points
2018 Grenache Reserve, 91 points
2018 Malbec Reserve, 93 points
2018 Rosé Reserve, 90 points
2018 Sauvignon Blanc Estate, 93 points
2018 Syrah Reserve, 90 points
2019 Grenache Reserve, 90 points
2019 Petite Sirah Reserve, 92 points
2019 Syrah Reserve, 90 points
2020 Rosé Reserve, 91 points
2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 91 points

2018-2022 Central Coast Wine Competition

2014 Alicante Bouschet Reserve, GOLD
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD & Best of Class
2015 Grenache Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD & Best of Class
2015 Syrah Reserve, GOLD
2017 Alicante Bouschet Reserve, GOLD
2017 Chorum Red, GOLD
2017 Petit Verdot Reserve, GOLD & Best of Class
2017 Syrah Reserve, GOLD
2018 Cabernet Franc Reserve, GOLD
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, GOLD
2018 Grenache Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD 
2018 Malbec Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD
& Best of Class
2018 Petite Sirah Reserve, GOLD
2019 Alicante Bouschet Reserve, GOLD
2019 Cabernet Franc Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD
2019 Petite Sirah Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD
2020 Grenache Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD
2020 Pinot Gris Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD & Best of Class
2020 Sauvignon Blanc, GOLD
2020 Syrah Reserve, GOLD

Vinous

2012 Petit Verdot Reserve, 90 points
2013 Romantique, 91 points
2017 Syrah Reserve, 90 points
2017 Petite Sirah Reserve, 90 points
2016 Cabernet Franc, 91 points
2017 Romantique, 92 points
2018 Malbec Reserve, 90 points
2018 Grenache Reserve, 90 points
2018 Petite Sirah Reserve, 90 points

International Wine Review

2017 Rosé Reserve, 90 Points
2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 92 Points
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 91 Points

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 90 points

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