J. Lohr Vineyards was founded in 1971 when South Dakota native Jerry Lohr recognized the growing potential of the Central Coast of California. At that time, there was no viticultural history in the Central Coast region, but Jerry recognized the terroir and extended growing seasons would be conducive to plant his vineyards. He planted his original 280 acres of varietal grapes in 1972 and 1973 in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, and later opened the J.Lohr Winery in 1974. Jerry began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and other red grape varieties in San Luis Obispo County’s up-and-coming Paso Robles region in 1986 for his J. Lohr wines. Today, J. Lohr owns more than 900 acres of estate vineyards in Monterey County focusing on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir, 2,000 acres in Paso Robles dedicated to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other red varietals, and 33 acres in Napa Valley with plantings of Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc according to our J. Lohr reviews. Our J. Lohr ratings indicate that in 2010, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines received the esteemed Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award for American Winery of the Year.