Winery Profile

Two Shepherds is the genesis of long-time garagiste winemaker William Allen. After years of extolling his love of Rhone wines and winemaking practices of balance and elegance, William decided to expand upon his years of garage wine making and hands-on harvest experience to make commercially available the style of wines he was championing. Thus Two Shepherds was born – making wines that “shepherd” grapes gently into non-manipulated and balanced old world style wines. Allen employs a natural winemaking philosophy in his cellar. The process of wine making occurs naturally, and as a wine maker, Two Shepherds role is to guide it along, protect it from harm, and otherwise not intervene. The wines are fermented with native yeast with no additives of any kind, native malolactic fermentations, aged on the lees, minimally racked and are 13- 14% alcohol, with high, food friendly acidity. These are old world-leaning, elegant wines focused on bright acidity, texture, and mouth feel. All wines are aged in used, neutral barrels that impart no oak characteristics, but subtly enhance the wines’ texture, mouth feel, and flavor concentration. The production here is miniscule, with 2012 yielding just 650 cs total.


The process of wine making occurs naturally, and as a wine maker, Two Shepherds role is to guide it along, protect it from harm, and otherwise not intervene. – William Allen, owner/winemaker



Wine Info

Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc “Saarloos Vineyard”, Santa Ynez: From one of the oldest Grenache Blanc vineyards in CA. This particular block, which ripens very slowly, is typically picked at 22-23 brix in late October. Native yeast fermentation with no additions. Aged in 80% 4+ year old neutral French oak barrels and 20% stainless steel, both on the lees.

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