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Pomar Junction closing

The Merrill family of Pomar Junction.

Fableist Wine Company moving into location

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery announced Thursday it is closing its tasting room March 24, 2019. The Fableist Wine Company, currently at Tin City, will be moving into the tasting room after a remodel in a few months.

From the announcement:

“After 10 wonderful years. Pomar Junction has reached the end of the line and will be closing its tasting room doors on March 24th. For all of you who enjoy our wine, there is good news as we have plenty of it and will continue to make more. We continue to own and farm Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery. You will continue to find our wines along the Central Coast and other areas around the United States that we distribute to. We are moving full steam ahead to a wine club only and private tasting format and will continue to host private events such as exclusive winemaker dinners and wine club pickup parties.

“The owners of Fableist have been longtime buyers of Pomar Junction and Mesa Vineyard Management’s wine grapes and are looking for a home to expand their business in the Paso Robles AVA.

“For fans of Train Wreck Friday, Fabelist will continue to hold the concert series once they open the tasting room. Pomar Junction Club members can still attend the for concerts for free as part of their membership. We wish Fableist every success and hope that you will join us in welcoming them.

“To all of our loyal customers, our family cannot sufficiently express how much we appreciate the decade of support you have shown us! While we are sad about closing the day-to-day operations, we are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for us. We would like to thank all of our employees. past and present. for their hard work and loyalty. We had a great run that would not have been possible without them. We are eternally grateful for their dedication and friendship.”

Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery is located in Templeton, at the corner of El Pomar Drive and South El Pomar Road—hence the name. The name also references a notable theme seen at the winery; trains and railroad images and references are sprinkled throughout the labels, tasting room and events of Pomar Junction.

The winery has been run by the Merrill family. Owners and founders Dana and Marsha Merrill, and their son Matthew and his wife Nicole have been responsible for the day-to-day of the winery and vineyards, which sells most of its fruit to other winemakers.

The Merrills’ history is deeply intertwined with the Central Coast. Dana grew up on a farm in Santa Ynez—which coincidentally has been turned into a winery by subsequent owners—and continued his education in agriculture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Dana continued on to start Mesa Vineyard Management, and still owns the company, which is now the area’s largest vineyard management company.

Dana and Marsha purchased the Pomar Junction property in Templeton in 2002, the same year that Matthew graduated from the Fruit Sciences program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Pomar Junction had its first vintage that year as well.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery is located in Templeton at 5036 S. El Pomar Road. Tasting is available daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call (805) 238-9940 or visit for more information.

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