Paso Robles’ Saxum Vineyards: Producer profile and 10 wines to try

Saxum Vineyards
Saxum’s Justin Smith during harvest. Credit: Chris Leschinsky

With a degree in Systemic Botany from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Justin Smith, a Paso Robles local, didn’t receive many job offers after graduation. Smith and his friends enjoyed working summers in the James Berry Vineyard owned by his parents, and along the way, Smith realised that growing grapes had a lot in common with his love of plants.

‘It was a lot of hard work growing up on the farm. I was ready to go out in the world and do something else, but I still loved growing plants,’ he says. Without a job, Smith returned to manage the family vineyard and decided he wanted to make wine.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 10 Saxum wines