Paso Robles, California
Becoming SIP Certified was very important at Oso Libre. Since the Behr’s relocated from LA sustainability has been a way of life on the family owned vineyard and winery. In 1996 Chris and Linda purchased 90 acres of open farmland, used a process called water dousing or water witching to find water and began establishing their property. An 80-foot electric generating wind machine and solar panels allow the winery to be off the grid, Suffolk and Baby-Doll sheep fertilize and control weeds, and Chris manages the chores on his horse (an electric two-wheeled, off-road Segway). In 1997 one of their sons, Jeffrey and wife Elizabeth, relocated to Templeton to help run all aspects of the business. the ranch name, Oso Libre, is a blend of the families’ names, Behr and Freeland.
Learning viticulture and how to turn fruit into great sustainably grown wines has been an endless and passionate journey. The family offers wine club members Angus beef raised on 60 acres of graze-land. Winemaking and serving wines in the new tasting room is more work than they ever imagined but at the end of the day the family counts their blessings and agree that the grass is always greener at Oso Libre Ranch!Return to Producers Listing »