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ABOUT OPOLO

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OUR STORY

They say good fences make good neighbors, but it was a love of wine and winemaking that was the connection between Opolo proprietors Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols.

Their two families have lived side-by-side in Camarillo since 1996. As Nichols remembers, “I knew Rick to say hello to, but that was about it. Then one day, he said to me, ‘Hey Dave, I just planted 10,000 grapevines!’” And so began the evolution of Opolo, one of Paso Robles’ premier labels. Quinn and Nichols have been neighbors in two counties since 1997 when Nichols bought vineyard property adjoining Quinn’s. Together they now own and farm nearly 300 acres of vines on the east and westside of Paso Robles.

OUR GOAL IS TO WELCOME YOU INTO OUR HOME AND LEAVE YOU CHEERING ‘OPOLO!’

Two glasses of white wine toasting
As a nod to Quinn’s Serbian heritage, the name Opolo stems from a rosé style wine discovered on the Dalmatian Coast. Rick and Dave bottled their first vintage in 1999, opening the Paso Robles tasting room with two barrels and a wood plank bar in 2001. Opolo has continued within its humble beginnings in the same tractor barn, expanding for production and hospitality space. First by adding more barrels and wood planks for bar space, and most recently, an expanded covered patio and updated, attractive tasting room – complete with furniture and decor recycled from wine barrel staves and rings.

Opolo’s first planting in 1996

OUR VINEYARDS

Opolo’s estate vineyards were established in 1995, with sites on both the west and east side of Paso Robles. The topographically diverse, coastal landscape of the westside vineyards provides for an intense and unique flavor profile. The heat and dryness of the east side vineyard make it an ideal microclimate for growing Bordeaux varietals. Home to a wide range of varietals, the estate vineyards help allow the team at Opolo to create many unique single varietals as well as award winning blends.
Most important in making high quality wine is starting with high quality grapes. Opolo’s vineyard team carefully monitors each lot of grapes throughout the season in order to produce the highest quality fruit possible. From taking leaf, petiole, and soil samples, to monitoring water uptake in the vines, all aspects of viticulture is carefully notated and examined with the intent of producing only high quality fruit for our winery. The entire Opolo production team works together every year to provide the best quality product possible.
Two glasses of white wine toasting

SUSTAINABILITY

At Opolo we believe a strong, cooperative relationship with the land and our environment is crucial. We practice sustainable methods in both the winery and vineyard operations in order to preserve our environment, water and local wildlife. Opolo is a “SIP” Certified operation as well as certified organic by “CCOF” in our 64 acre walnut orchard. We continue to be great stewards of the land and invite you to come to our vineyards and see our operations!
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Row Crops

We grow barley between the planting rows in order to hold moisture in place and prevent erosion during the winter rains (when there is rain) and instead of cutting and removing the barley, we simply mow it in place to add beneficial nutrients back to the soil.

Two glasses of wine at a picnic in the meadow

Owl Boxes

Owl boxes make great homes for nesting owls, as well as provide a natural rodent and pest control in the vineyard.

Wine with cheese and bread on a picnic blanket

Constructed Wetlands

Water is recycled at Opolo through our two-tank wetlands’ system, which uses marine plants to filter the water so it can be reused in the vineyard. The wetlands also provide a habitat for beneficial microorganisms, insects, and birds.

THE OPOLO FAMILY

Rick Quinn

PROPRIETOR
Favorite Opolo Wine: Albariño

Dave Nichols

PROPRIETOR
Favorite Opolo Wine: Mountain Zinfandel

Chris Rougeot

WINEMAKER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Reserve Zinfandel

James Schreiner

WINEMAKER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Sangiovese

Skye Bruce

ASSISTANT WINEMAKER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Maestro

Robert Nadeau

GROWER RELATIONS MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Mountain Zinfandel

Jason Baird

FACILITIES MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Fusion

Kevin Coulton

HEAD DISTILLER
Favorite Spirit: VS Brandy

Ron Panno

LEAD DISTILLER
Favorite Spirit: Malt N’ Oats Whiskey

Gracie Rey

EVENTS MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeff Faber

NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR
Favorite Opolo Wine: Albariño

Ricki Quinn

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Favorite Opolo Wine: Montagna Mare

Tiffany Salinas

WINE CLUB MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Grenache

Ryan Griffin

ASSISTANT WINE + DISTILLERY CLUB MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Serenade

Andrea Beverly

WINE CLUB + ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Favorite Opolo Wine: Grenache

Virginia M. Arreola

HUMAN RESOURCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
Favorite Opolo Wine: Albariño

Steven Pecenkovic

DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER SERVICE & WINE SALES
Favorite Opolo Wine: Montagna Mare

Emily Hurst

TASTING ROOM MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Reserve Petite Sirah

Kristin Heyne

MARKETING COORDINATOR
Favorite Opolo Wine: Reserve Pinot Noir

Aric Grimes

CULINARY DIRECTOR
Favorite Opolo Wine: Rosé

Greg Perez

VINEYARD MANAGER
Favorite Opolo Wine: Albariño

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