County Architect/Sculptor Founds Award Winning Winery
by Christina Duane
high atop one of South Coast Metro's most intriguing
office buildings, Orange County Architect, Gianni Manucci
surveys the landscape but not out his window, for this
territory he has already won. Gianni is designing his
own architectural plans for the Bed and Breakfast (B&B
to open in 2004) that will set high atop the hill of
his beloved Paso Robles Winery, Wild Coyote. This will
be an expansion to his recently opened and already acclaimed
"one-of-a-kind" adobe tasting room/winery in Central
the free-spirited animal whose glare mysteriously captivates
from the Wild Coyote label, Gianni is equally captivating.
Having studied as an architect, and then risen to the
top of his professional career, Gianni longed to return
to his childhood roots and find an intrigual part of
himself deep in the rich soil of Central California.
the Grandson of a European Winemaker, Gianni had remembered
the long days spent picnicking with his family, running
through his grandfather's vineyard, his soul in tune
with the ancient rhythm of seasonal planting, growth
and harvest. Soon Gianni's life path would come full
circle as he would carry on his families legacy as a
third generation Winemaker.
his home in north Laguna Beach, in Southern California,
Gianni would travel to buy a 40-acre hillside property
in Paso Robles, where the Franciscans had first brought
grapes to Mission San Miguel in 1797. In 1995, Gianni
would plant his Vineyard with the spirit, passion and
skill of his Grandfather, terracing the land as they
do in Europe and devoting himself to growing quality
grapes and limiting the amount produced (3000-5000 cases)
to insure the integrity of his Wild Coyote brand.
philosophy has yielded Wild Coyote award winning wines,
making this boutique winery one of the finest examples
of excellence in winemaking and drawing attention to
Paso Robles area as one of the premiere winegrowing
regions in California. Wild Coyote is known for outstanding
Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah, (The 1999 Syrah sold out
and anxious wine drinkers awaited the 2000 Syrah, just
bottled and available at www.wildcoyote.biz).
The adobe style B&B will soon feature even art workshops,
as Gianni, a stone sculptor, wants artisans to enjoy
their accommodations and practice their art as a part
of their experience at Wild Coyote.
Wild Coyote is more than just a name to Gianni
Manucci. Wild Coyote is a spirit and way of living characterized
by the animal that roams the California countryside
of both Gianni's California homes. A spirit of adventure,
the following of one's instincts and resourceful use
of all of the skills one is given is what Wild Coyote
is an expression of. The Vintage is as rich, warm, woodsy
and even spicy, as you would expect embodying the elements
that went into its creation, these being the fruit of
the earth, passion and even love.
wine tasting experience at Wild Coyote is like being
a part of Mother Nature's Celebration of Wine, Art &
Native Culture. This unique journey makes you live through
its spectacular panoramic view, and experiencing this
spiritual hideaway. Wherever your passage, if you are
going through Central Coast, this is a MUST see place.
Stop by for a wine tasting, check out the adobe tasting
room, a genuine tipi with authentic interior artifacts,
picnic by the pond overlooking the vineyard/mountains,
meet Gianni and see his eclectic art collection, so
on, and so on.
© Copyright 2003 Christina Duane. No
unauthorized duplication without written consent.