John Salisbury is a sixth generation farmer whose family came to California in 1850 and began farming in the Sacramento Delta. In 1996, Salisbury moved to the Central Coast to began a career as a viticulturist. In 2000, he began planting Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Syrah on a 40-acre hillside in Avila Valley near San Luis Obispo. He also farms 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah in Paso Robles. John's daughter Jennifer and her husband, Kevin, run the business with John overseeing the farming and winemaking operations.
The home of Salisbury Vineyards is a 102-year-old restored schoolhouse. The tasting room and art gallery at 6985 Ontario Rd is open daily from 11:00 to 6:00 (look for signs on Highway 101).