Sculpterra - Winery and Sculputure and Garden
THE ART OF SCULPTERRA
Dr. Warren Frankel, his wife Kathy and their three children moved to Paso Robles from the San Fernando Valley in 1979 with a vision for a simpler life. The Frankel family first planted 20 acres of pistachios’ on the ranch, followed by 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After initial success with both plantings, Dr. Frankel expanded the vineyard operation in 1997 with more Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Zinfandel and 10 acres of Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Viognier are the most recent additions to the vineyard.
The original concept of offering a location for all to view and admire art and taste wine, to enhance the Paso Robles wine experience is blossoming. As one turns off Linne Road and heads down the plum tree lined drive, your attention turns to the fence and entrance gate, created by long-time resident and master blacksmith/iron worker Robert Bentley. It is then you realize you are in for something special. Bentley’s ornate touches can be viewed both in and outside of the tasting room, from the baroque style awning at the entry way to the old world chandeliers hanging above you while you taste. The tasting room once housed Bentley’s work shop when he worked on such projects as the Villa Toscana B & B, Martin-Weyrich Winery, the Carlton Hotel, and the Santa Isabella Ranch. His intricate iron work and eye for detail is evident throughout the property.
World renowned sculptor John Jagger was commissioned by owner Dr. Warren Frankel for a five year period, and his works can be viewed while strolling through the gardens. These magnificent sculptures in bronze and granite are one man’s life work and are sure to inspire any visitor. From the beautiful 10 foot bronze “Mermaid” rising from the fountain, to the 20,000 Lb. granite “Puma” and the 16 ft. tall bronze “Dancing Horse”, Jagger’s passion for the underwater world, cats – from domestic to wild, and horses are evident. Upon entering the tasting room you are greeted by Jagger’s miniature series of sculptures displayed throughout.