Tablas Creek Vineyard is a joint project between the Perrin family of Ch. De Beaucastel and their long time US importers the Haas family of vineyard brands. During trips to ‘educate’ the US market in the 1960’s Robert (Haas) and Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin often visited California and the Perrin brothers were struck by the similarities they saw with the Mediterranean climate of their home. 10 years of saving and a further 4 years of serious investigation brought them to a purchase of a 120 acre site in the limestone rich hills west of Paso Robles (in what is now the new Adeilada AVA). The partners were determined to plant Mediterranean varieties but as none where available in California at the time a huge project was undertaken to import vine cuttings from Beaucastel. No small feat when only six cutting per variety were allowed entry into the USA and each batch then required 3 years of quarantine!! Out of this endeavour a nursery business was born that by happy coincidence provided vines for many of the other Rhone Rangers in our portfolio and finally from 94 – 97 most of the property was planted.