Ascension Cellars is a premium, boutique winery specializing in barrel-select, handcrafted Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines from Paso Robles, one of the premier growing regions on the Central Coast of California. We are inspired with every harvest to create wines that are flavorful and aromatic, distinctive and hypnotic with charm, balance and grace. We focus on unique blends that bring the singular grape varieties grown in the vineyard into exceptional concert with one other to showcase the unrepeatable beauty of each vintage in every bottle.
Meet the Winemaker
Erick Allen began his winemaking career in 1991, after a two-month long trip to France and to Italy. A love of Châteauneuf-du-Papes wines from the Rhône wine region in Southern France’s and Chianti wines from Tuscany framed his future. Upon Erick’s return he was telling a friend about his new found wine muse when she said, “if you love Rhône wines you should visit Paso Robles in California’s central coast where Rhône varietals thrive”. At that moment the die was cast.
Erick made friends with vineyard managers, winemakers and winery owners who shared their knowledge and passion for wine. In 2005 on a trip to Paso Robles to purchase grapes for his cooperative wine making group, Erick met Steve Cass of Cass Vineyard and Winery. Steve and Erick became fast friends and it wasn’t long that a conversation about the love of Syrah turned into a unique opportunity to start a project…
As the years passed Erick was allowed to test the waters and then in 2009 teamed with friends, to start his own label, Ascension Cellars. That first vintage begin with 4 wines and a lot of love and has grown into a full-blown passion. Erick’s light handed approach to winemaking and love of blending allows us to produce wines that are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single varietal wines...bringing him back full circle to his muse.