One of Paso Robles’ newest wineries is breaking ground in more ways than one.

April 14, 2015

Pelletiere Estate Vineyard & Winery – Quality, Artistry, Elegance

One of Paso Robles’ newest wineries is breaking ground in more ways than one. From Proprietor Janis Denner to Winemaker Amy Butler and Vineyard Manager Mindy Allen, this powerhouse team is making their mark on the wine industry— an industry predominantly male dominated. Together, this all woman team is creating luxury Italian wines and bringing elegance to Paso Robles Westside, and doing it with style!

Janis Denner a Chicago native, found herself in the beautiful Paso Robles five years ago, after following her kids down from the San Francisco Bay Area. A business woman at heart, and a desire to build a legacy paying tribute to her family’s heritage, she set out to find her next business endeavor. After exploring many different options, she realized her passion was wine. “Once I stumbled upon the AJB Vineyard property I immediately felt at home. The Italian varietals that were already in existence on the property just spoke to me.”

With her good business sense, she set out to find a winemaker and vineyard manager with the same creative passion. “I hired the brightest people with the qualifications that best fit the vision I had for the winery.” The focus at Pelletiere Estate is to create luxury wines for people who appreciate wine with style. Amy Butler, the winemaker, is doing just that! Amy Butler, a bit of a pioneer herself, graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Fermentation Science and a desire to produce elegant, refined and understated wines. Naturally, Pelletiere Estate was the perfect fit. She has a true passion for creating wines of subtle distinction and character, while redefining stereotypes in and out of the cellar.

Mindy Allen, of Custom Vineyard Application, is a no stranger to vineyard management—another job traditionally held by men in the wine industry. She has a decade worth of experience working on the Central Coast and extensive knowledge of all facets related to vineyard developments, day to day tasks and the long term goals it takes to manage a successful vineyard. Mindy also manages Martinez Framing Labor Contracting to support her growing vineyard consulting business.

These women are making a name for themselves by working together to create premium boutique wines. They share a common vision and goal, and they all contribute equally to the end result. At Pelletiere Estate, they believe in quality, artistry, elegance and sustainability through simplicity—and it just happens that they are all women!

For more information, visit 3280 Township Road in Paso Robles, call (805) 239-9432 or go to

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