Our Story

Welcome to Écluse Wines and Lock Vineyard, the creation of Steve and Pam Lock!

Welcome to Écluse Wines. We are a small, family owned boutique winery making estate wines from our Lock Vineyard.  Creators Steve and Pam Lock purchased 30 acres of gently rolling hillside terrain on the much-desired Westside of the Paso Robles American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 1997.  Écluse is known for producing some of Paso Robles most sought-after grapes and now fabulous, terroir driven wines.  We are dedicated to producing small, limited production, handcrafted, award-winning wines.

The question most often asked us is the origin of our name, Écluse. Écluse is the French word for the locks on the canals that gently carve their way through the French countryside. We have enjoyed several beautiful barge trips in France ourselves, and since our last name is Lock, the name Écluse for our wines was born.   Our label depicts a photo of an “Écluse" we took when we were in France while traveling down the canals through an actual “Écluse”.

Ending up in Paso Robles was an interesting journey for us.  As native Californians, wine was an important component in our lives and it certainly remains so today.  After spending much of our lives in Southern California, life and other opportunities took us to Whidbey Island, Washington in 1980.  Sixteen years later, we visited a close friend here in Paso Robles who was starting his own vineyard.   We were so impressed with this beautiful place called the Central Coast, and when Steve helped him plant his vineyard, the seed so to speak was planted!   We started seriously exploring the options of relocating here and our quest led to the beautiful 30 acres nestled in an almost hidden little canyon just west of  downtown Paso Robles which we now call home.

Establishing the vineyard and tasting the wines that the area’s top winemakers were producing from our Lock Vineyard grapes led us to explore winemaking on our own. Working with some of Paso’s most acclaimed winemakers, it seemed a natural progression for Steve to go from grower to winemaker as we ventured into our own Estate driven Écluse Winemaking.

We started Winemaking in 2001 and our Wine Club in 2002 with a case production of only 175 total cases produced and less than 50 Club Members.  We look back on this time with a smile as we have an original Club Member who loves to tell the story that we sent out our entire first Club shipment to our members with no upfront payment and an invoice enclosed in the shipment asking them to return their check!  We were not surprised when they all did!  Our wonderful ambassadors are terrific and to this day we are constantly grateful for their loyalty and support!

Our philosophy has always been to use sustained viticulture practices to protect the land and to produce the very best wines from this special terroir we have here at Lock Vineyard.   Giving back is a very important aspect of who we are which is why we support Dogs for the Deaf through our wonderful wine, Blind Dog , created in 2009, in honor of own special vineyard mascots, and blind dogs, Toby and Bingo.

It has been exciting to watch Lock Vineyard and Écluse Wines grow and flourish after all our hard work and dedication. To have the fruits of your labor so appreciated and enjoyed by people around the country is truly humbling and we cannot be more thankful for everyone's loyalty and support in this journey of ours.

We invite you to join us in our modest tasting room amongst the barrels to discover the Écluse experience!

Come Savor the Wine that is truly Écluse!

Cheers!
Steve and Pam Lock
Proprietors