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About Paso Robles

Paso Robles (full name: El Paso de Robles ‘The Pass of the Oaks’) is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California. Located on the Salinas River north of San Luis Obispo, California, the city is known for its hot springs, its abundance of wineries, production of olive oil & almond orchards. Paso is a great place for many great wine makers we love, from Tablas Creek to Lone Madrone ( same Wine maker, different styles) Opolo, Tobin James, Red Soles, Kenneth Volk, just to name a few. There are over 200 or more and growing.

Paso Robles sits south of San Francisco and North of LA. This area is considered California’s Central Coast. Paso’s west side begins just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Lucia Mountains give us the western border. The AVA is about 35 miles east to west and 25 north to south. That encompasses 614,000 acres of land about 26,000 vineyard acres of 40 wine varieties of grapes ranging from Spanish, Italian, Bordeaux and Rhone.

Paso is divided into two sides a hilly West Side and a more level open terrain on the East side.

The number of wineries has continually grown over the last decade to around 180 bonded wineries. About two thirds produce less than 5,000 cases. More than 95% are family owned and operated.

Historic Downtown is home many fine dining establishments and a few wine tasting rooms, along with boutique shops.

Grapes grown in Paso

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Paso Robles Wine Country encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and approximately 29,000 acres of winegrapes are planted in San Luis Obispo County.

The most widely planted grape varieties in The Paso Appellation include:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Savignon Blanc and Zinfandel.

Italian Spanish and Rhone varieties include:

Albarino, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cannelli, Carignane, Chenin Blanc, Cinsault, Counoise, Dolcetto, Grenach, Lagrrein, Muscat Malbec, Marsanne, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Orange Muscat, Picpoul Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Petit Verdot, Primitivo, Roussanne, Riesling, Refosco, Semillon, Sangiovese, Souzao, Tannat, Tempranillo, Tinto Cao, Touriga, Vermentino, Viognier.

Terrior- more than just Dirt

There are over 45 different soil types found in this area and they tend to be mixed! You can find vineyard blocks whose soils vary row to row.

So what makes the really good stuff? Well these days in Paso especially on the west side you will hear quite a bit about the Calcareous soils. This soil is limestone based and comes from this land at one time being an ocean floor. Whale bone Winery is named for the actual whale bones that they unearthed when they were planting their vineyard. All of this ancient sea bed was pushed up with the mountain ranges by the geological plates. Read More

Festivals & Events in Paso Robles

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines

Annually in March
This used to be Zinfandel Fest, but it has been rebranded to include additional wild varieties of wine.  During this weekend, producers and enthusiasts come together in celebration of everything that Zinfandel and Paso’s other wild wines add to your palate and your experience. Enjoy a zin-filled weekend with activities including winemaker dinners, exclusive Zinfandel tastings, winery and vineyard tours and so much more!

Paso Robles Wine Festival

Annually in May
Paso Robles Wine Festival is the marquee tasting event held along California’s Central Coast. The Wine Festival is always held the third weekend in May and offers guests the opportunity to taste Paso Robles wine in the charming Downtown City Park. The delicious wine of Paso Robles is complemented by local epicurean delights, featured throughout the weekend. Wine Festival is complete with winemaker dinners, live music and open house festivities at area wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country.

Harvest Wine Weekend

Annually in October
Harvest is the most colorful time of year in Paso Robles Wine Country and those in the know have long since discovered the experience that can be had while visiting wine country at its height of activity. Held the third weekend in October, wineries celebrate the beginning of the vintage by inviting you into their individual events that are as diverse as the wineries themselves. Please visit the Harvest Wine Weekend page for more information.

Adelaida Cellars Denner Vineyards L’Aventure Winery Rockin’ R Winery
Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery Derby Wine Estates La Fete Rocky Creek Cellars
AmByth Estate Donati Family Vineyards Laraneta Winery Rotta Winery
Ancient Peaks Winery Donatoni Winery Le Vigne Winery Roxo Port Cellars
Anglim Winery Dover Canyon Winery Liberty School San Marcos Creek Vineyard
AronHill Vineyards Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery Linne Calodo Cellars Sarzotti Winery
Arroyo Robles Winery No Longer listed! Eberle Winery Locatelli Vineyards & Winery Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden
August Ridge Vineyards Ecluse Wines Loma Linda Vineyards LLC Sextant Wines
Austin Hope Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines Lone Madrone Shale Oak Winery
B & E Vineyard/Winery Eos Estate Winery Maloy O’Neill Vineyards Silver Horse Winery
Barrel 27 Wine Company Epoch Estate Wines Meridan Vineyards Stacked Stone Cellars
Bella Luna Winery Estancia Estates Midnight Cellars STANGER Vineyards
Berardo Vineyards and Winery Four Sisters Ranch Minassian-Young Vineyards Starr Ranch Vineyards and Winery
Bianchi Winery Four Vines Winery Mitchella Vineyard & Winery Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery
Bishop’s Peak Fratelli Perata Mondo Cellars Stephen’s Cellar
Booker Vineyard and Winery Frolicking Frog Moonstone Cellars Still Waters Vineyards
Brian Benson Cellars FS Cellars Neadeau Family Vintners Summerwood Winery
Calcareous Gelfand Vineyards Nichols Winery & Cellars Tablas Creek Vineyard
Caliza Wienry Graveyard Niner Wine Estates Tackitt Family Vineyards
Candor Greg Norman California Estates Opolo Vineyards Tassajara Cellars
Caparone Winery GreMarK Vineyards Ortman Family Wines Terry Hoage Vineyards
Carina Cellars Grey Wolf Vineyards & Cellars Oso Libre Winery Thacher Winery
Carmody McKnight Estate Wines Halter Ranch Vineyard Paso Creek Tobin James Cellars
Cass Winery Hammersky Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Treana
Castoro Cellars Hansen Winery PasoPort Wine Company Inc. Treana and Hope Family Wines
Cayucos Cellars Harmony Cellars Peachy Canyon Winer Turley Wine Cellars
Cerro Prieto Vineyard and Cellars Hearst Ranch Winery Pear Valley Vineyard Twilight Cellars
Changala Winery Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery Penman Springs Vineyard Venteaux Vineyards
Chateau Margene Hidden Oak Winery Per Cazo Cellars Veris Cellars – Home of JanKris & Ben Hogan Wines
Christian Lazo Wines Hug Cellars Pianetta Winery Victor Hugo Winery
Chronic Cellars Winery Inc. Hunt Cellars Pipestone Vineyards Villa Creek Cellars
Chumeia Vineyards J Dusi Wines Pithy Little Wine Company Villa San-Juliette Winery
Cinquain Cellars J & J Cellars Pozo Valley Villicana Winery
Clautiere Vineyard J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery Vina Robles
Clavo Cellars Jack Creek Cellars Proulx Vines on the Marycrest
Clayhouse Wines Jacob Toft Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Vista Del Rey Vineyards
Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery Jada Vineyard & Winery Rangeland Wines WCP Cellars
Croad Vineyards Jan Kris Winery Red Soles Winery Westberg Cellars
Cypher Vineyards JK Wine Company RIO SECO Vineyard & Winery Wild Coyote Estate Winery
D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Riverstar Vineyards Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards
Daou Vineyards Kenneth Volk Vineyards RN Estate Vineyard & Winery Windward Vineyard
Dark Star Cellars Kiamie Wine Cellars Robert Hall Winery Zenaida Cellars
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