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2019 Robert Mondavi
Wine and Food Award Recipient

Gary Eberle

THE PASO ROBLES PIONEER

Gary Eberle grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and went to Penn State on a football scholarship. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in biology, he attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where he continued his graduate work studying cellular genetics. While attending LSU, Gary developed an appreciation for wine and changed his academic path to become a winemaker. He traveled west to California to attend U.C. Davis where he received a degree in Enology in 1971.

In 1973, Gary Eberle began his career in the wine industry by heading his family’s Estrella River Winery in Paso Robles. Eberle’s pioneering spirit didn’t stop there.

In 1983, Gary co-founded the Paso Robles Appellation and also opened the doors to his own Eberle Winery with the premiere of Eberle’s 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon featuring the iconic boar logo, depicting the German origin of the name Eberle, meaning “small boar.”

Today, Eberle handcrafts 28,000 cases of wine each year from surrounding Estate vineyards. After more than 35 years since the release of the Eberle label, the winery consistently remains one of the highest award-winning wineries in the United States.