Brian Benson Cellars

About

Brian Benson Cellars is focused on making intense, unique, and extremely high quality custom wines. Being run exclusively by owner/winemaker, Brian Benson, Brian Benson Cellars is truly a one man army. Having got into the business hanging out in his grandparent’s vineyard and later his father’s winery, Brian started to learn about the winemaking process and business before he was out of elementary school.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Paso Robles, California.

Features

  • You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 50

Winemaker

In October of 2000 Brian became the full time assistant winemaker for his father at Dark Star Cellars. Being that it was just Brian and his father working at the winery, Brian got a crash course in all the aspects of the wine business. In 2001, at age 19, Brian decided he wanted to start making his own wines. Starting with a little less than $2000, Brian worked deals with local Paso Robles growers and made his first commercial vintage, a Cabernet and a Zinfandel, totaling 147 Cases.

History

In 2002 Brian made the same wines but increased production to around 450 cases. Unfortunately in that same year Brian lost two people extremely close to him, his grandfather Allan Benjamin, and close friend Ryan Brockett, both of whom had a huge impact on Brian making the decision to start his own label When it came time to design a label Brian chose the two praying angles as a tribute to his grandfather and friend. In 2003, on his 21st birthday Brian released his first vintage, pouring alongside his dad in the Dark Star tasting room.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

In 2005, out growing the available production space at Dark Star, Brian moved his operation to the Denner Vineyards.

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Hours

Fri - Sun:10:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Address

2985 Anderson Rd
Paso Robles, California 93446
United States

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