Growing up in the lower east side of Manhattan Island, Warren Frankel knew city life well. As a child, Warren never imagined that he would one day be a grape grower, raising a family and building a medical practice in the oak covered rolling hills of Paso Robles, California. It was after 25 years of attending Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, that Dr. Frankel began to sense the yearnings for feeling the dirt beneath his feet and to harvest a crop off the land. Following his residency at U.C.L.A., and the opening of his medical practice in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California he began to take his desire for a simpler and more self-reliant lifestyle seriously. His wife Kathy who was a horse enthusiast shared the same down-to-earth ideals, so they packed up their three children, the medical practice and moved to a 90 acre ranch in the Linne Valley of Paso Robles in 1979.
With its small town charm and picturesque ranches, historic Paso Robles was the ideal location to raise a family, build the medical practice and live out the dream of farming. The Frankel family first planted 20 acres of pistachios’ on the ranch, followed by 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After the initial success with the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, Dr. Frankel expanded his plantings in 1997, planting an additional 80 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Zinfandel and 10 acres of Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah and Viognier are the most recent additions to the vineyard.
In 2002, Dr. Frankel joined with other doctors and founded “His Healing Hands“, a medical missionary foundation that sends medical missionary teams on short-term trips all over the world to care for the most needy under-privileged peoples on all five continents. They also respond to catastrophic disasters and have been invited to provide medical relief work in Indonesia after the Tsunami, Pakistan after the earthquake and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Please consider supporting “His Healing Hands” and learn more about Dr. Frankel’s Medical Missionary work in his new book.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sculpterra wine are donated to “His Healing Hands“.
When time allows, Dr. Frankel enjoys riding the family horses through the vineyards with his wife, thankful for the beauty that graces his vineyards and for being able to make “Wine that Gladdens the Heart” to share with others.