Voyages of Discovery
Robin Baggett returned to Edna Valley almost 40 years ago with a law degree and cowboy dreams of owning a cattle ranch like his grandfather. He bought a historic ranch in the valley but quickly learned that he needed a more productive use for the land than running cattle. Being in a region with a grape-growing history that stretches back to the 18th century, when Franciscans at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa produced some of California’s first wines of distinction, planting wine grapes was a natural choice. Robin and his partner Bob Schiebelhut began planting vineyards in 1988, adding several other historic family ranches in the valley over time. Together with Jim Efird, now retired, they founded Tolosa in 1998. Robin’s passion for wine making was born, and his wine journey began.
In 2006, Robin embarked on the next stage of his adventure. Together with Michelle, who would become his wife, he founded Alpha Omega in Napa Valley, with the vision of creating world class Bordeaux wines. Working with winemaker Jean Hoefliger and procuring prized grapes from the many appellations of Napa Valley, they have established a winery that handcrafts finesse-driven, complex and balanced wines expressing the aromatic profile of the best Napa Valley has to offer.
Intrigued by the idea of creating Burgundian wines that express the same passion for excellence as the Bordeaux wines made by Alpha Omega, in 2015, Robin introduced our Napa winemakers to his home of so many years, Edna Valley - and Tolosa. The next chapter of Tolosa began....