Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County
Niels Udsen, known as “beaver” in his youth, has been committed to progressive farming practices since 1994. His Westside Paso Robles vineyards are certified organic or transitional. He chose to certify his eastside Paso Robles vineyards as sustainable to compare the two farming methods. He and his wife live in and around their vineyards, so they are directly impacted by the daily vineyard operations. If you can’t find Niels in the vineyard, you’ll probably find him surfing, skiing, or hiking somewhere fabulous.