Alta Colina Wines

Alta Colina Wines

Alta Colina Vineyard is an incredible site to grow the kinds of wines we love to drink: rich, full-bodied, complex, and balanced.  We bottle our core wines plus special releases to best show what the Vineyard has to offer each vintage.

 

CORE WHITES:

 

  • Grenache Blanc
  • 12 O’Clock High Viognier
  • Claudia Cuvee Marsanne

 

CORE REDS:

 

  • GSM
  • Toasted Slope Syrah
  • Old 900 Syrah
  • Ann’s Block Petite Sirah

 

Estate Vineyard

Estate Vineyard

No handmade wine would be what it is without the influences of the local soils and climate–Alta Colina’s terroir is magic!  Our vines sit almost 1,800 feet above sea level in steep, exposed soils of fractured shale.  Alta Colina’s high altitude ensures enough sun exposure to mature even our latest-ripening variety (Mourvedre!) while its proximity to the Pacific brings cool ocean air, which helps retain acid and maintain balance.

 

In the Vineyard, we try to encourage even growth and ripeness throughout the growing season because balanced vines lead to balanced wines!  To encourage happy dirt, we farm all 31 acres organically and, beyond basic maintenance, minimal intervention is at the core of our approach.

 

Bob’s plan is simple: do the work to make the wines in the Vineyard.  Don’t screw it up in the winery.

 

Winemaking

Winemaking

Like our approach in the Vineyard, we aim to bottle Alta Colina Vineyard with as little intervention as possible.

 

Every cluster is hand-picked and brought down the mountain to the winery.  Upon harvest, our white grapes go straight to the bladder press, then the juice goes into the cold room overnight to settle.  All of our whites are fermented dry and spend anywhere from 4 months in stainless steel to 14 months in primarily neutral oak.

 

When reds arrive to the winery we cluster-sort, destem, berry-sort, cold-soak, and move the fruit into open-top fermenters.  Fermentations take off with native yeasts and last between 10 and 25 days.  Bob and our team taste every lot daily before barreling down individual lots to complete fermentation in barrel.  After 20 months is French oak and at least a year in bottle, Club members have first access to all Alta Colina wines.

Alta Colina Wines

Alta Colina Vineyard is an incredible site to grow the kinds of wines we love to drink: rich, full-bodied, complex, and balanced.  We bottle our core wines plus special releases to best show what the Vineyard has to offer each vintage.

 

CORE WHITES:

– Grenache Blanc
– 12 O’Clock High Viognier
– Claudia Cuvee Marsanne

 

CORE REDS:

– GSM
– Toasted Slope Syrah
– Old 900 Syrah
– Ann’s Block Petite Sirah

Estate Vineyard

No handmade wine would be what it is without the influences of the local soils and climate–Alta Colina’s terroir is magic!  Our vines sit almost 1,800 feet above sea level in steep, exposed soils of fractured shale.  Alta Colina’s high altitude ensures enough sun exposure to mature even our latest-ripening variety (Mourvedre!) while its proximity to the Pacific brings cool ocean air, which helps retain acid and maintain balance.

 

In the Vineyard, we try to encourage even growth and ripeness throughout the growing season because balanced vines lead to balanced wines!  To encourage happy dirt, we farm all 31 acres organically and, beyond basic maintenance, minimal intervention is at the core of our approach.

 

Bob’s plan is simple: do the work to make the wines in the Vineyard.  Don’t screw it up in the winery.

Winemaking

Like our approach in the Vineyard, we aim to bottle Alta Colina Vineyard with as little intervention as possible.

 

Every cluster is hand-picked and brought down the mountain to the winery.  Upon harvest, our white grapes go straight to the bladder press, then the juice goes into the cold room overnight to settle.  All of our whites are fermented dry and spend anywhere from 4 months in stainless steel to 14 months in primarily neutral oak.

 

When reds arrive to the winery we cluster-sort, destem, berry-sort, cold-soak, and move the fruit into open-top fermenters.  Fermentations take off with native yeasts and last between 10 and 25 days.  Bob and our team taste every lot daily and press on flavors and tannin structure.  Every lot is then barreled down and left to complete fermentation in oak.

  • Bob Tillman
    Bob Tillman
    Owner/Winemaker
  • Lynn Tillman
    Lynn Tillman
    Co-Founder
  • Maggie Tillman
    Maggie Tillman
    Owner/Sales & Marketing
  • Paul Lopez
    Paul Lopez
    Cellar Master
  • Melissa Swanson
    Melissa Swanson
    Sales and Marketing
  • Ivey Reynolds
    Ivey Reynolds
    Production Assistant & Hospitality
Bob Tillman
Owner/Winemaker

Alta Colina is Bob’s brainchild.  Bob got hooked in 1971 while living and working in the high-tech business in the Bay Area and taking a night class in wine appreciation.  Spend 10 minutes with Bob and it’s clear: Alta Colina has been a long time coming.

Lynn Tillman
Co-Founder

Lynn is Alta Colina’s bedrock.  Though behind the scenes much of the time, Alta Colina would not function without Lynn’s bottomless support.

Maggie Tillman
Owner/Sales & Marketing

Bob and Maggie are a father/daughter team.  Maggie shapes the Alta Colina experience and runs day-to-day sales and marketing operations.  She is also responsible for managing the tasting room and Club Alta Colina.

Paul Lopez
Cellar Master

Paul is the man on the ground.  Ask him about any lot, pick, or barrel and he’ll most likely know the answer!

Melissa Swanson
Sales and Marketing

Melissa joined the Alta Colina team to help with every facet of our sales and marketing efforts.  Find Melissa in the tasting room, hosting private tastings, helping manage Club Alta Colina, and anywhere else Alta Colina wines are available!

Ivey Reynolds
Production Assistant & Hospitality

Ivey, Paul, and Bob run the show in the cellar!  Also find Ivey in the tasting room sharing her first-hand knowledge behind the wines.

The Alta Colina Timeline

2003: Purchased Land
2005: Planted 31 Acres
2007: First Harvest
2009: First Bottle Sold
2014: Built Estate Winery

In 2003, Bob Tillman found the 130-acre parcel in Paso Robles’ Adelaida District that would become Alta Colina Vineyard.

The 31 planted acres and 8 Rhone varieties that make up Alta Colina Vineyard hit the dirt in 2005.

Two years after planting the Vineyard, we experienced our very first harvest in 2007.

After months of hard work and harvesting, we sold our first Alta Colina-labeled bottle of Wine in 2009.

After renting space at our neighbor’s facility, Villicana Winery, for 8 vintages, we proudly moved into our Estate winery in 2014.

2003
2005
2007
2009
2014
  • Bob Tillman
    Bob Tillman
    Owner/Winemaker
  • Lynn Tillman
    Lynn Tillman
    Co-Founder
  • Maggie Tillman
    Maggie Tillman
    Owner/Sales & Marketing
  • Paul Lopez
    Paul Lopez
    Cellar Master
  • Melissa Swanson
    Melissa Swanson
    Sales and Marketing
  • Ivey Reynolds
    Ivey Reynolds
    Production Assistant & Hospitality
Bob Tillman
Owner/Winemaker

Alta Colina is Bob’s brainchild.  Bob got hooked in 1971 while living and working in the high-tech business in the Bay Area and taking a night class in wine appreciation.  Spend 10 minutes with Bob and it’s clear: Alta Colina has been a long time coming.

Lynn Tillman
Co-Founder

Lynn is Alta Colina’s bedrock.  Though behind the scenes much of the time, Alta Colina would not function without Lynn’s bottomless support.

Maggie Tillman
Owner/Sales & Marketing

Bob and Maggie are a father/daughter team.  Maggie shapes the Alta Colina experience and runs day-to-day sales and marketing operations.  She is also responsible for managing the tasting room and Club Alta Colina.

Paul Lopez
Cellar Master

Paul is the man on the ground.  Ask him about any lot, pick, or barrel and he’ll most likely know the answer!

Melissa Swanson
Sales and Marketing

Melissa joined the Alta Colina team to help with every facet of our sales and marketing efforts.  Find Melissa in the tasting room, hosting private tastings, helping manage Club Alta Colina, and anywhere else Alta Colina wines are available!

Ivey Reynolds
Production Assistant & Hospitality

Ivey, Paul, and Bob run the show in the cellar!  Also find Ivey in the tasting room sharing her first-hand knowledge behind the wines.