After four decades of winegrowing on the Central Coast, industry legend Ken Volk has announced his retirement and put his winery and brand up for sale, according to a news release Monday in Wine Business
The listing price, according to real estate Broker Jenny Heinzen, is $3.7 million. More details and photos are available at http://www.jennyheinzen.com/winery-buyer-registration
Kenneth Volk Vineyards is located in the original Byron Winery on Tepusquet Road in the Santa Maria Valley AVA. Founded by Dale Hampton, John Donovan and partner Ken Brown, the property and brand were acquired by Robert Mondavi in 1990.
The landmark, 25,000-plus case winery and tasting room are located at the same site, 5230 Tepusquet Rd.
Volk, most notably the founder of Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards in Templeton, purchased the Tepusquet Road property 12 years ago after he sold the Wild Horse property and brand to Peak Wines International (a subsidiary of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide Inc).
Long dedicated to the Central Coast wine growing region, Volk has been instrumental in putting the region on the world’s viticulture map, and bringing international awareness to the unique grape growing climates hidden within Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito Counties.
Volk has an extensive legacy in the Central Coast wine world, having been the first president of the Paso Robles Grape Growers Association in 1982. He also served as chairman of the board of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance from 1997 to 2001.
A wine and viticulture education advocate, Volk also helped fund the pilot winery at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and served as the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council for 10 years.
He has trained and mentored countless successful winemakers and industry professionals over the past four decades.
Of his retirement, Volk said: “It’s really two-fold. After suffering a stroke three years ago, I continue to face some on-going challenges with my health that prevent me from going to the winery on a daily basis.
“Additionally, like many of my colleagues who started family-owned wineries, my children have their own successful careers outside of this industry. I look forward to seeing a buyer take the brand to the next level.”
In addition to the winery and tasting room, the Kenneth Volk Vineyards property includes native gardens, a tranquil creek, event areas, a commercial kitchen and extensive office space. More than four acres of adjacent fallow land would be ideal for pinot noir and chardonnay.
Volk attributes the success of his flagship wine grapes, chardonnay and pinot noir, to the coastal maritime climate of the Santa Maria Valley, the resulting longer hang times, and the region’s well-draining soils.