JOHN PATRICK FRENCH III
I am a fifth generation Californian, and I grew up in Agoura Hills. I moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly State University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business with a concentration in Wine Marketing and a Masters in Viticulture. While working my way through school waiting tables, I developed a deep passion for the food and wine industry. I was also greatly influenced and inspired by my professors on my graduating committee at Cal Poly.
After graduating Cal Poly, I decided to focus on Vineyard Management and Development. It was there amongst the vines I learned that a great quality wine starts in the dirt then flows through vines and emerges through the fruit. I then decided I wanted to not only grow great quality grapes but wanted to make a great quality wine as well. In 2001, I made my first vintage with one of my favorite professors and friend, Keith Patterson. It was in 2005 when I started to focus solely on winemaking. I have made wine for several labels in Paso Robles; always bringing a high level of precision, detail and passion all in the name of quality wines.
I am owner and winemaker at LEFONDUSAC and the sole winemaker for my own label, JP III Wines. My goal is to always focus on creating great quality wines, by sourcing fruit from the best vineyards in Paso Robles and using minimal intervention in my wine making techniques. I hope to provide, through LEFONDUSAC and JP III Wines, an opportunity for wine lovers to enjoy an unpretentious, high quality wine experience and to always have “Good Times!”