Autonom is a project of passion for winemaker Paul Wilkins, which reflects Paul’s love for Rhône varietal wines and cuvées. This love was born during his work as a harvest intern in the cellar with John Alban at Alban Vineyards while he was still in college. Paul remained with Alban through seven celebrated vintages before opening his own agency, Wilkins Vinotech, which provides winery and vineyard consulting services to existing and start-up wine brands.
In 2005, he joined in a business partnership with longtime friend James Ontiveros as Winemaker for Alta Maria Vineyards, focusing on Santa Maria Valley-designate Burgundy varieties. In 2010, Paul débuted his own Rhône-focused brand with varietal wines and cuvées from contrasting sites throughout California.
The brand name, AUTONOM, refers to Paul’s freedom from a long history of working for other producers. The following year, Paul and James Ontiveros opened a much-anticipated joint tasting room for AUTONOM, Alta Maria Vineyards and Native9 in Los Olivos, California.
- Grenache — Law of Return
- Red Rhone Cuvée
- Syrah — Law of Proportions
- Grenache Rosé — Law of Variation.