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Founded in 2010. Vailia traveled around North & South American before finding her home in Paso Robles making wine. She loves the freedom and isn’t forced into one particular style. She’s free to play, to discover and push towards new horizons. Working in a place so young, there is an unavoidable temptation to use the guideposts left by regions like Pauillac, Chateauneuf or Montalcino. This is a place as singular as those, but she’s still plotting her own trail.

“It is no accident that Desparada came into being in the Central Coast. Here my hand isn’t forced into any particular style, I’m free to play, to discover and push toward new horizons. I’m an explorer by nature, I can’t escape that, and my wines are the milestones in my journey.

“That’s why the wines of Desparada are guided more by spirit than style. Each wine stands for a particular vision, and in each vintage I use new knowledge, varietals and vineyards to bring that vision into sharper focus. I am a stranger in this wild and strange land, chasing something far-off and faint, but am sure-footed and ready for the chase.” - Valia Fromm, Winemaker

Winemaker: Vailia From

Wines Produced

  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Meritage / Bordeaux Blend
  • Red Blend
  • Rhône Red Blend
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc