August Ridge Vineyards

August Ridge Vineyards - Templeton, California


August Ridge creates wines that combine the robust style of California wines with the restrained classic elegance of wines from northern and central Italy. August Ridge produces distinctive wines that emphasize the uniqueness of the Paso Robles wine region. Visit our scenic tasting room and try some of our California-Italian wines. The winery itself is a small, unassuming building that sits adjacent to the family home. Its functional simplicity matches the surrounding farm and is an appropriate setting to produce the robust and elegant wines that express the August Ridge terroir. Inside, the tasting area is just a small bar tucked away in one corner of the working winery and affords the visitor a clear perspective of the winemaking in progress. The farm and winery are such a natural extension of the family that daughter Isabella or winery dog, Lucy, are as likely to greet guests as are John and Jill. Production at the August Ridge winery is small. The first release was less than 250 cases! Current production is approximately 1900 cases. Given the small production size and planned slow growth only the Wine Club members will be assured of access to all of the wines – particularly the reserve blends. Subscription is already filling fast and the club size will be limited to ensure wine availability.

Location Description

Our tasting room in Santa Barbara is in the La Arcada, right off State Street on Figeuroa.

Our tasting room in Creston is located 11 miles east of Atascadero on Highway 41. From Paso Robles take Creston Road to Highway 41 and turn right. We are a half mile up on the right side. From the south take 101 north to Highway 41 east towards Shandon. We are located 11 miles on Highway 41 on the left hand side. Look for the three Italian flags at our gate!


  • Specialists in Italian Wines in Paso Robles

Additional Information

  • Meeting / Conference Facilities:
  • Caves:
  • Wedding Facilities:
  • Picnic Facilities:
  • Dog Friendly:
  • Winery Tours:
  • Wine Tasting:
  • Art or Architecture:
  • Organic / Biodynamic:
  • Awards:
  • Wine Club:
  • Lodging / Bed & Breakfast:

Average Bottle Price

$ 35


August Ridge was established by John Backer and Jill Zamborelli Backer in the spring of 2001 with the purchase of 40 acres of rolling hills in Creston. From the beginning their goal was to produce wines that combine the robust styling of the best California wines with the restrained elegance of the classic wines from northern and central Italy. Their passion for the project comes from a love of cooking, eating and sharing meals with friends which leads directly to August Ridge wine style. This dream is a natural extension of both the Backer and Zamborelli families. John’s family has been growing grapes for four generations dating back to the 1800’s while Jill’s family brings the robust Italian food and traditions from a small town just outside of Rome, Italy.

Practices & Techniques

Estate wines provide the winemaker with control from the vineyard to the bottle so they are the key to achieving the August Ridge goals of power and finesse. August Ridge has vineyards of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These wines are crafted by hand using small open top fermenters, a mixture of new French and neutral oak barrels and a minimum of handling or disruption. Each wine is deliberately hand-made in small lots to bring out the uniqueness of the vineyard microclimates and diverse soil structures. As romantic (and labor intensive) as this may seem, John also maintains a full laboratory to take advantage of the latest developments in enology to ensure that August Ridge wines achieve quality by design not by accident.


2010 Jovial - Best in Class 2016

This just in...Jovial 2010 won Best in Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

2010 Jovial - Double Gold 2015

San Francisco International Wine Competition results are in: 2010 Jovial took Double Gold and Best Sangiovese Blend!

2011 Primitivo Gold & Best in Class

2011 Primitivo takes Best of Class at Central Coast Wine Competition 2015!

BTI Awards 2014:

2009 Jovial: Gold, 93 pts, Beverage Tasting Institute International Wine Tasting
2009 Sangiovese: 90 pts, Gold, Beverage Tasting Institute International Wine Tasting
2010 Nebbiolo: Silver, 88 pts, Beverage Tasting Institiute International Wine Tasting

Be the first to review this item!


Thursday - Monday 11am - 5pm


8790 E. Highway 41
Creston, California 93432
United States

Get Directions