–Tucked away in the heart of downtown Avila Beach is a wine tasting oasis known as Alapay Cellars. Upon entering the cellar, you’ll see an exciting array of gifts for the wine enthusiast and several large, captivating and glowing fish tanks emitting the most beautiful cobalt blue hue. The ambiance isn’t even the best part, because once you sip Alapay’s wines you’ll understand why they are multi-award winning.
Owner and winemaker, Scott Remmenga can often be found pouring tastings for visitors and discussing the complex winemaking and blending techniques he uses to produce each bottle. Remmenga’s winemaking expertise has grown since he began learning the craft over 16 years ago. Most notably, his wines have earned the well-deserved titles of both “Best in Show” and “Gold Medal” at the San Francisco Chronicle’s yearly wine competition, and the Central Coast Wine Competition.
Originally in the printing business for many years, mainly printing wine labels, Remmenga was inspired to learn about winemaking. He has since transformed his tasting room into an often bustling hub for traveling and local wine enthusiasts. They now pour wine for over 25,000 annual visitors.
In addition to their tasting room, Alapay Cellars hosts a monthly wine club offering their elegant wines to over 1,800 dedicated club members around the US. Most notably, Alapay Cellar’s multiple award-winning Pinot Noir is a crowd favorite with is rich flavors, and smooth, silky and light finish. Remmenga crafts his wines using very traditional winemaking techniques and French Oak barrels. Fruit is sourced locally from Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles. All of his wines are sold directly to the consumer through his tasting room and wine club only, providing an exclusive experience for his wine fans. Remmenga prefers to age each wine varietal separately and finds the most joyful part of wine making is when he gets to blend his aged varietals and discover the most elegant combinations for bottling.
The name “Alapay” comes from the Chumash term for “heavenly” which Remmenga’s wines are truly reminiscent. He chose to name his wine label in homage to the original inhabitants of the local area and honor their roots in Avila Beach.
“We pride ourselves on the consistency of our wines, our atmosphere, our tasting room and our staff,” says Remmenga. “We like to provide an upscale yet cozy, comfortable place for tourists and locals to gather and enjoy amazing wines with great company. People always come in and instantly say, ‘This is a place we want to be.’”
Alapay Cellars is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more about them by visiting their website, www.alapaycellars.com.