At Parrish Family Vineyard, Traditions Are Passed Down


At Parrish Family Vineyard, Traditions Are Passed Down From Father to Daughter

Paso Robles winery is headed up by father-daughter duo David Parrish & Cecily Parrish Ray

June 14, 2016 (Paso Robles, California) – As Father’s Day approaches, Parrish Family Vineyard is a reminder of the power of a dynamic father-daughter duo.

With a welcoming tasting room, managed by General Manager Cecily Parrish Ray, coupled with quality Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by her father, Winemaker and Owner, David Parrish, Parrish Family Vineyard is the quintessential family-run winery.

Parrish Family’s legacy of viticulture began more than 90 years ago with David’s grandfather Earl Henderson – a grape grower who planted over 740 acres of grape vines in Atascadero in 1927.

Fast forward to David Parrish, who started in the wine world in the 1970s developing new trellising techniques in Napa working alongside greats like Robert Mondavi. With the vision of continuing the family legacy on the central coast, David planted 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on his Creston ranch in 1995. In 2004, David crafted his first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon; in 2011 opened the tasting room in Downtown Paso Robles; and in 2013 and 2014 planted 80 acres in the Templeton Vineyard and 30 acres in the Adelaida Vineyard. Truly committed to a family-run winery, David and Cecily are joined in the business by David’s wife and co-owner, Lynn, and Cecily’s husband and Assistant Winemaker/Vineyard Manager, Ethan Ray.

Cecily grew up watching her dad work the land, inventing a number of trellising parts, systems and structures, and worked alongside him on their family farm where she learned the importance of hard work. Thus, Cecily didn’t jump right into the role of General Manager, it was important to David that she learn all aspects of the business.

“My dad has always wanted me, as well as Ethan, to start at the bottom and work our way up in order to see the many sides of the business,” said Cecily. “He had me start working in the vineyard over the summers. I actually loved working with the vines because it was somewhat idyllic, but being a bit clumsy led to it not being a good fit for me. At least, I’ve got the experience and a couple of good stories.”

One of the reasons for Parrish’s success hinges on the fact that there was no pressure for Cecily or Ethan to join the family winery. The young couple already loved wine and winery work.
“It just naturally grew into a family business. I think this is a good way to have a business become a family business – no real pressure to become part of it,” said David.
Cecily says the most rewarding part of working alongside her dad is the chance to spend quality time with him over the years.

“I knew my dad before, but when you are both working to achieve something as a team your relationship is bound to grow. I feel really blessed to be able to call my dad a friend and admire him greatly,” she said.

David, Cecily and the rest of the family are teaming up to launch a new winery and tasting room in the Adelaida District in 2017.