Clos Solène is a family owned winery on the westside of Paso Robles in the heart of the Willow Creek District. They say it’s team effort, and here at Clos Solène it is no different. Guillaume, with his assistant winemaker, Aurelien Crouzet, focus on the vineyards and the wines, while Solène, and Roxanne Malkie, run operations. Together as a team, Clos Solène is no longer pouring out of their kitchen, but in a quaint tasting room nestled in the vines of the 28-acre estate.
Owner & Winemaker
Born and raised in the Southeast of France, Narbonne, Guillaume comes from a family of grape growers and winemakers. After 24 years in Narbonne, he moved to Bordeaux. Both regions famous for their wines are also very different from each other. It requires some grape growing and winemaking experience to switch from one to the other, such as different climates, soil types, vine illnesses and more. But life is full of surprises Not convinced he wanted to make wine in Bordeaux, he took a harvest internship at L’Aventure in Paso Robles. The same bolt of lighting that he felt for Solène, struck again. He fell in the love with the soil and terroir of Paso Robles. What was supposed to be a 3-month harvest internship, turned into 6 months, and he was offered the position of Assistant Winemaker. While working for L’Aventure, he worked day and night on his own project - to launch his very own brand. In 2007, Clos Solène was born.
Owner and General Manager
“Who would have imagined I would live in California one day!” Solène was born and raised in a small town in North West Bordeaux, Bourg sur Gironde, where her parents were both doctors. She grew up like any child in her hometown, harvesting in September to make some money, drinking a small glass of wine at dinner because it is cultural. But besides her mother who always dreamed that she would marry a winemaker, she didn’t know much about what was to come…
Solène studied Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization at the University of Bordeaux, France, and in Seville, Spain. Just before graduating as a Spanish teacher, Guillaume mailed her a plane ticket to come to see him in Paso Robles while he was there as an intern. This is how they decided to move the following year to California. She worked for two different wineries before she started working full time for Clos Solene.
“This is a dream becoming reality. We invested the small savings we had, worked and still work as much as possible to, first, make an elegant wine with character and personality, but also to develop a relationship with the persons who are supporting us in this endless work. I love sayings and proverbs so let me finish with this beautiful sentence by Eleanor Roosevelt: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Roxanne joined the Clos Solène family in June 2017. Roxanne is originally from the south of France, a small town called Pau. At the age of 18 she moved to Bordeaux to go to college and found a job at Bordeaux Wine & Trade museum in the Chartrons district. This is how it all started. After a couple of months, she discovered her passion and decided to pursue an associate degree in Oenology. Roxanne also loves to travel and decided to move to Hawaii. As Hawaii isn't known for its wine growing, she continued her career in the service industry in a high-end fine dining restaurant in Oahu. A year and half later, it was time for her to move back to wine country and picked San Luis Obispo County. She took a job at Denner as the tasting room lead where she worked for two years. Roxanne joined Clos Solène in June 2017 to be to be part of the adventure as the tasting room & events manager.
In May, 2016, we “brought over” Aurelien Crouzet from France to be apart of our team. During Guillaume’s very last harvest at L’Aventure Winery, Aurelien was a harvest intern and this is when we knew we wanted him apart of the Clos Solène team. Not only is Aurelien an old family friend, but also he is from a wine business family in Bordeaux and understands the hard work it takes to be a winemaker and grape grower. We are happy to have Aurelien overseeing all aspects of our production.
In the Spring of 2019 with her two children “flying from the nest”, and looking for a change of environment, Laurie moved up to the North County from the Santa Ynez Valley wine country where she managed Artiste winery for ten years. She comes to us, a business graduate of the University of Santa Barbara with extensive Sales, Operations and Management experience. Always a smile on her face, a lust for life and a contagious optimism. “It was my love and passion for wine, from vine to glass, that led me to find a career in the wine industry and ultimately here to Paso Robles. I have truly been blessed to become part of the Clos Solene family and it is my goal to ensure your wine needs are not only met but exceed expectations.”