Kathleen Conway

 

Kathleen Conway grew up with the land that became Carmody McKnight. Managing the vineyard and winery would seem a natural to Kathleen, but directing day to day operations of a family farm can be one of the most challenging of all endeavors.  One day it involves a decision about selecting a new varietal to plant; the next... it could be comforting a bride-to-be on the day before the glorous vineyard wedding.  No one could possibly keep up with Kathleen as she goes about her day to day business operations.

A winemaker in her own right (her late harvest Kathleen Cabernet Franc as well as her sparkling wine has gained an extremely loyal following), she knew that even magical lands need down-to-earth commitment.  Visit Sparkling Kathleen!

When Kathleen took on that responsibility the quest for great winemaking began in earnest.

Kathleen has extended the inherent biodiversity and sustainability of the land to all aspects of the Carmody McKnight property while ensuring that the unique ecosystem of the land is not only maintained but enhanced. 

She has introduced a wide range of animals – from free-range chickens to fiber-producing alpacas – to underscore the idea that the greater the variety of species, the healthier the ecology.

Kathleen extends that principle into her organic gardens and orchards where forty varieties of tomatoes are commonplace. Because of the wonder soils on the property, for over ten years the gardens and orchards have never needed fertilization of any kind and of course have never been sprayed with weed killers or pesticides.

For Kathleen, biodiversity and sustainability are not concepts to be achieved someday but must be an essential part of one’s life day-by-day.

The land that Kathleen grew up on and which is now one of the most renowned vineyards in the world because of its confluence of micronutrient rich soils and astonishing microclimates provides new opportunities for her.  The remarkable soils nurture the oat hay for her horses in the pastures that intersect the vineyard sections (as seen above).  The oat hay has been analyzed by research veterinarians as the most nutrient rich in their experience.  Her horses, once feeding on the unique hay, refuse to return to the previous "store bought" variety!

Kathleen has extended the inherent biodiversity and sustainability of the land to all aspects of the Carmody McKnight property while ensuring that the unique ecosystem of the land is not only maintained but enhanced.  She has introduced a wide range of animals – from free-range chickens to fiber-producing alpacas – to underscore the idea that the greater the variety of species, the healthier the ecology.

Kathleen extends that principle into her organic gardens and orchards where forty varieties of tomatoes are commonplace.  Because of the wonder soils on the property, for over ten years the gardens and orchards have never needed fertilization of any kind and of course have never been sprayed with weed killers or pesticides. For Kathleen, nutrient-driven sustainability are not concepts to be achieved someday but must be an essential part of one’s life day-by-day.

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"  Rooster DeNiro

If you like diminutive, quirky pets with a mission and an attitude, Kathleen's exotic chickens (will become your passion too). These little guys strut and fret upon the stage, but they know their primordial life assignment is to provide us all with the most luscious, yellow to deep-yellow yolky, free range eggs that taste as dee-luscious as they are healthy. The little gobbly cross-dressers also hold up their end of our farm sustainability, loving all of our scraps (we never toss any food away!) and then gift us with the most eco-friendly fertilization in the business.                         

Sometimes when our Internet is down, we can get a message to town with our homing pigeons. Kathleen takes loving care of forty of these fascinating little creatures, who spend most of their day somersaulting in the sky in ballet-like formations waiting for their next secret assignment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 

 


 

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Where is this wondrous land? You will discover it. . .
North of Los Angeles, South of San Francisco... and East of Eden
11240 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, C A 93446