Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth
Back in the early 1970’s, the land where the Niven Family Vineyards sit today, was dairy farms and garbanzo bean fields. Jack and Catharine Niven, moving to San Luis Obispo in 1970, had a vision to grow grapes and make wine. This vision came to fruition in 1973 when they planted the Paragon Vineyard. Jack was paramount in establishing the Edna Valley as an American Viticulture Area (AVA), which produces an enticing selection of wines, boasting dozens of wineries. The Niven family were pioneers then, and today, the second and third generations of the family continue that vision and pioneering spirit, producing world class wines-and warmly welcoming visitors to their quaint, historic tasting room.
Sip and Relax
Driving down Orcutt Road, you will see a quintessential turn of the century (1909) yellow schoolhouse. Pristinely restored, this historic building, surrounded by vineyards, is the Baileyana Tasting Room. The schoolhouse, built to serve the needs of the children of the local farming community, was operational until the mid-1950s. It would not be unusual to strike up a conversation with a local who attended school here, while on your wine tasting visit. Today, instead of teaching “the three R’s,” locals and visitors alike come here to learn about the grapes grown in this unique valley, and experience the wines that they produce.
Sipping in the tasting room, or on the patio (especially during beautiful days that abound in this area), you will encounter a variety of wines, the majority of which are from the Nivens SIP Certified estate. The wines show off the versatility of the area: Elegant Chardonnays, rich and supple Pinot Noirs, bold and beautiful Syrahs, in addition to Pinot Gris, Albariño, Grüner Veltliner and several enticing blends. As Karl (the Direct to Consumer manager) says: “Our wines are diverse and accessible, there is something for everyone,” and your visit will confirm that with over 30 wines to choose from. On a spring or summer day, there is nothing more refreshing than sitting back, relaxing, as you start your wine journey with a glass of aromatic white or rosé.
Summertime is Family Fun time!
Wine brings people together, which is evident from the moment you enter Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth’s tasting room. Family friendly, with lots of space to hang out, dogs and kids are always welcome. There are tables, and lots of space to spread your blanket and bring a lounge chair. If you feel up to it, you can try your hand at a pickup game or two of Bocce Ball. This is a local hangout as well as a destination for wine lovers travelling the Central Coast. There is always something going on or planned, but summertime is truly fun time—with lots of ongoing events!
Wine–Down Wednesdays: Open until 7:00pm every summertime Wednesday, come enjoy by-the-glass and bottle specials and watch the sun set over the valley.
Last Wednesday: The last Wednesday of every summer month, through September, features live music and a food truck…and wine of course!
Special Wine Club Events! Wine Club pick up parties are always fun. And be sure to book the Morro Bay harbor cruise on either September 8th or 22nd. Not a wine club member? Check out joining, you can get as few as two bottles every other month (and enjoy the on-going pick-up parties).
The Dream Continues
The vision that Catharine and Jack Niven had in the 1970’s continues today through their children and grandchildren. Constantly changing and innovating, keeping “the valley” exciting, new packaging for their Tangent wines is rolling out now. Baileyana’s “Stone Egg” Chardonnay (wine fermented in an egg-shaped concrete vessel) was recently released, and a new exciting “Architects” Pinot Noir is a new summertime release.
Come to Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth Tasting room to experience the fun, family and dream of the Niven family, the wines and camaraderie will put a smile on your face.
Visit the website for updates, events and wine club information: www.nivenfamilywine.com/taste