Taste Poetry

Vines planted 2002. Debut vintage 2006.
6404 Independence Ranch Place, San Miguel, CA 93451

About Cinquain

pruned, picked, and pressed,
all by hand, on our land,
we share our art form and passion,
with you.

This simple 5-line poem, called a Cinquain (pronounced sink-cane), embodies the spirit of Cinquain Cellars, from nurturing 10,000 vines on our estate vineyard, to crafting small lots of artisan wines for your pleasure and ours. We like to think of our wine as bottled poetry and hope you will agree.

If you're interested in knowing more, here you go...The owner and winemaker, David Nagengast, graduated from the Fresno State University Enology program in 1985 with the dream of someday having his own vineyard and winery. In 2000, the search for the perfect site culminated in the purchase of a small hillside property, overlooking Hog Canyon and the Estrella River basin from 1000-ft elevation, in the Northeast area of the Paso Robles Estrella Appellation. In 2002, the 14-acre vineyard was planted with 10,000 vines including nine different Bordeaux, Rhône, and Port varieties. In 2007, the construction of their simple 1200 square-foot winery was completed. And now, after 31 years of making wines professionally for a variety of small and medium sized wineries in Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara County, and Oregon, the culmination of this dream is evident with the establishment of Nagengast Estate Vineyard, Cinquain Cellars and the availability of 1500 cases annually.


Recent Awards

Double Gold for 2012 Lyrik
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold for 2012 Reserve Malbec
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold for 2009 Touriga Dessert Wine
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

98 Points for 2011 Syrah & Best Syrah & Best of Class in State of California
2015 California State Fair Wine Competition.

94 Points & Best of Class of Region for 2011 Malbec
2015 California State Fair Wine Competition.

94 Points & Best of Class of Region for 2011 Tempranillo
2015 California State Fair Wine Competition.

97 Points for 2011 Haiku Red
2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Best of Class for 2011 Independence Red in $20-$29 Bordeaux Blends Category
2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

94 Points & Platinum Medal for 2013 Chardonnay
2015 San Diego International Wine Competition.

92 Points for 2010 Cinquain Bordeaux Blend
2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition.


Winery Open House for Paso Wine Fest Weekend
Fri-Sat., May 20-22nd from 12PM to 4PM

Join us at the winery for complimentary wine tasting and treats. We're only open to the public 7 weekends per year so this is a great time to visit without making an appointment.
We look forward to seeing you!

Wine Club Pickup Party with Wood-Fired Pizzas
Sat., June 4th from 2PM to 5PM

Join us at the winery to pick up your June shipment of the new 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Haiku Red while you taste other new releases and feast on wood-fired pizzas and salad.
Complimentary for wine club members and up to two guests.
We look forward to seeing you!

Join the Club

We invite you to join The Cinquain Society Wine Club and become part of a special group of wine enthusiasts who get unique benefits. As a Cinquain Society Wine Club member, you'll receive:

* 25% off all wine club shipments - 2 bottles every 3 months in March, June, September, and December.

* Up to 50% off on additional purchases made at the winery or thru email once you've joined.

* Invitations to members-only parties and events.

* Priority access to limited production and pre-release wines.

* Private barrel tastings with the owners for you and your group. Reservation is required.

* There is no annual fee, and you may cancel anytime.

Please send an email to: wineclub@cinquaincellars.com to join.

Your credit card will be charged between $55 and $95 (plus applicable tax & shipping) after each shipment occurs. Shipments occur in March, June, September and December.

Contact Us

We are only open to the public 7 times per year (until we can quit our day jobs)!

Don't be shy about scheduling a private appointment. It's what we do! We are more than happy to host you and your guests for a private tasting. You can send an email to request a free, private tasting by clicking the link below. Please include preferred dates and times.

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