Sixmilebridge Vineyards

Enjoy well-crafted Adelaida District wines at the owners’ ridge-top home until new tasting room opens.

The usual hot tip when a winery announces a new tasting room is to wait for its debut, but Sixmilebridge Vineyards might represent an exception. Until the space is ready (supposedly in May 2020), tastings for this small Paso Robles producer are taking place at the ridge-top home of proprietors Jim and Barbara Moroney. Their Adelaida District wines are well crafted, and the tasting fee is but $15, alone worth it for the view. The lead photo was taken in mid-January looking east from the home’s patio.

Jim Moroney chose growing grapes and producing wine as his post-publishing occupation.

Before Jim retired, he was the Dallas Morning News publisher/CEO. After he and Barbara found this 95-acre elevation 2,000 feet perch, they planted five Bordeaux red varietals, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard manager, Hillary Yount, and her husband, Anthony Yount, who makes the Sixmilebridge wines, relish the challenge of farming this Peachy Canyon property’s steep limestone-laden slopes. As seen in the photo below, some of the stone is pink.

The limestone in the estate vineyard’s soils are pink and white.

Scintillating Conversation

I like this quote by Anthony (also the winemaker at highly regarded Denner Vineyards) on the Sixmilebridge website: “. . . it really only makes sense to make a wine that is terroir driven if your vineyard has something interesting to say. This site has something interesting to say, and it says it very loudly.” The wines Jim poured on my recent visit spoke loudly as well – I particularly appreciated the scintillating conversation my palate had with the 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m not the only one, either. The Cabernet and other two inaugural reds, the 2016 Estate Cuvée Bordeaux blend and the Zinfandel-dominant 2016 Paladin, have already sold out.

Cabernet and Petit Verdot supply pep and structure to the smooth, predominantly Zinfandel 2017 Paladin red blend.

If you visit Paso during the next two months – or after the new tasting room opens – contact Rosie, the winery’s hospitality director (www.sixmilebridge.com/Visit) to make an appointment.


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This story first appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2020.

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