COYOTE ESTATE WINERY & VINEYARD
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Coyote Winery ~ B&B
Coyote Estate Winery & Vineyard's adobe-style tasting
room is a blend of Mother Earth, Native American cultures,
grapes, and wine. Owner and winemaker Gianni Manucci's
eclectic Southwestern art collection and an authentic,
life-size tepee make wine tasting at Wild Coyote a memorable
1,800 feet above sea level seven miles west of Paso
Robles, Wild Coyote evokes Gianni's long-standing interest
in pueblo architecture and the culture of Native Americans.
A former architect, Gianni has made numerous trips to
the Southwest since the 1970s to study tribal customs,
artwork, and building styles.
1995, Gianni changed careers, becoming a grape grower
and winemaker like his grandfather. He purchased a 40-acre
dry-orchard farm on Adelaida Road and two years later
planted a vineyard with Syrah, Merlot, and Zinfandel
grapes. The name "Wild Coyote" is a reference
to the same pack of coyotes that roamed the property
before the vineyard was planted.
designed and constructed the winery's Taos-style tasting
room in 2002, using the numerous sketches and notes
he'd made during his travels in New Mexico. "The
tasting room was a challenge to construct and required
many trips to Taos to bring back building materials
I couldn't find on the Central Coast," Gianni admits.
"I wanted to create an atmosphere where people
could come and take up some of the energy and mysticism
of Native American culture." In 2005, he built
adjacent to the tasting room a five-bedroom, Casitas-style
bed and breakfast.
its first releases, Wild Coyote has received critical
acclaim. Its 1999 Syrah received a rating of 92 points
from Wine & Spirits magazine, a gold medal
at the 2001 San Francisco International Wine Competition,
and a silver and a bronze at the 2001 Orange County
Fair Wine Competition.
Gianni has enjoyed success as an architect and a winemaker,
he claims he is "really an artist in spirit."
A prolific stone sculptor, Gianni displays many of his
pieces in the tasting-room gallery, including statuary
depicting the Weeping Buddha, a bust of the Spiritual
Chief, and, of course, a wild coyote.