Welcome to J. Wilkes


J. Wilkes is a brand dedicated to producing wines from the greatest American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) on the Central Coast of California. Instead of the ‘selfie’ of vineyard designation, we believe the greatest value and expression of a winegrowing area is careful blending of vineyards and harvest dates. Our goal in crafting these wines is to source the highest quality fruit and to age and bottle our wines with a focus on allowing vintage and region to show clearly and deliciously. We invite you to navigate this website as Jeff Wilkes sailed the Pacific—note the cool breeze and the manifest beauty in every moment, in every sip. Our winemaker Wes Hagen is always available to answer your questions.

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J. Wilkes Wines makes AVA (appellation) blends from Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles Highlands, focusing on our home AVA: the Santa Maria Valley AVA.

These wines offer great value in introducing drinkers to these regions, and are also amazing everyday drinkers for bona fide wine geeks that know how amazing the Central Coast can be.

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EST 1981


34° 57' 11" N / 120° 26' 5" W

The Santa Maria Valley appellation is the third oldest appellation in the United States and was established the same year as the Napa Valley AVA distinction.

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EST 2001


34° 37' 51" N / 120° 20' 22" W

The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is characterized by high intensity, dark and structured Pinot Noir and nervey/mineral Chardonnays.

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EST 2014


35° 32' 2" N / 120° 18' 14" W

The 'Highlands District' is defined by hot days and cold nights (with an average diurnal temperature shift of 50 degrees!) and a the highest average elevation of any of the eleven Paso Robles AVA's.

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