Paso Robles Wine Country, The Heart of San Luis Obispo County!
Paso Robles wine country is becoming a start in wine making circles. The area is the largest of the three appellations of San Luis Obispo County. It is a large region that used to be mostly cattle ranches and vegetable growing areas not so long ago. Now wineries are sprouting up like topsy, so it seems.
Because of it large size and variety in weather, Paso Robles is hard to pin down. The area east of the Salinas River, which is greatly influenced by the Santa Lucia Mountain range, is hot and dry; it is an area that Cabernets love. But in areas where the mountain range breaks for cool ocean breezes, Rhone type grapes do especially well.
The number of wineries in the Paso Robles area grows by the minute, and it will be your job to discover some gems! And what a job it will be. It is worth mentioning a few of them to get you started.
Eberle Wineryand its founder Gary Eberle has been a great promoter of Syrah in the area, and in all of California. The wines also include Chardonnay and even some port. The winery boasts caves for your touring pleasure, great views, and a picnic area.
If you like Merlot and bocce ball, Robert Hall Winery is the place for you. Enjoy the beautiful views and the award winning Rhone blend as well as the excellent Viognier.
Adelaida Cellars is closer to the ocean. The cool breezes help them produce lovely Pinot Noirs, but they also have won raves for their Cabernet and Syrah.
The other two appellations, Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley are smaller, and just south of the city of San Luis Obispo. They are closer to the ocean, so the climate is cooler, and the wine productions runs more to chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Tolosa Winery produces very nice chardonnay and some pinot gris. The tasting room is modern and beautiful.
Laetitia Vineyard and Winery is located in Arroyo Grande. They make chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, and also sparkling wines.
Things to Do
Between tastings, make sure to visit the Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument. The famous Hearst Castle is a spectacular example of a person, William Randolph Hearst, and his life.
In early May Paso Robles hosts the
Hospice du Rhone.
An education and celebration of Rhone varieties. At this event producers from all over the world showcase their Rhone style wines.
You will love this area. You will find great winemaking here.