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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 CellarsDenner VineyardsL’Aventure WineryRockin’ R Winery
Alta Colina Vineyard & WineryDerby Wine EstatesLa FeteRocky Creek Cellars
AmByth EstateDonati Family VineyardsLaraneta WineryRotta Winery
Ancient Peaks WineryDonatoni WineryLe Vigne WineryRoxo Port Cellars
Anglim WineryDover Canyon WineryLiberty SchoolSan Marcos Creek Vineyard
AronHill VineyardsDunning Vineyards Estate WineryLinne Calodo CellarsSarzotti Winery
Arroyo Robles Winery No Longer listed!Eberle WineryLocatelli Vineyards & WinerySculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden
August Ridge VineyardsEcluse WinesLoma Linda Vineyards LLCSextant Wines
Austin HopeEdward Sellers Vineyards & WinesLone MadroneShale Oak Winery
B & E Vineyard/WineryEos Estate WineryMaloy O’Neill VineyardsSilver Horse Winery
Barrel 27 Wine CompanyEpoch Estate WinesMeridan VineyardsStacked Stone Cellars
Bella Luna WineryEstancia EstatesMidnight CellarsSTANGER Vineyards
Berardo Vineyards and WineryFour Sisters RanchMinassian-Young VineyardsStarr Ranch Vineyards and Winery
Bianchi WineryFour Vines WineryMitchella Vineyard & WinerySteinbeck Vineyards & Winery
Bishop’s PeakFratelli PerataMondo CellarsStephen’s Cellar
Booker Vineyard and WineryFrolicking FrogMoonstone CellarsStill Waters Vineyards
Brian Benson CellarsFS CellarsNeadeau Family VintnersSummerwood Winery
CalcareousGelfand VineyardsNichols Winery & CellarsTablas Creek Vineyard
Caliza WienryGraveyardNiner Wine EstatesTackitt Family Vineyards
CandorGreg Norman California EstatesOpolo VineyardsTassajara Cellars
Caparone WineryGreMarK VineyardsOrtman Family WinesTerry Hoage Vineyards
Carina CellarsGrey Wolf Vineyards & CellarsOso Libre WineryThacher Winery
Carmody McKnight Estate WinesHalter Ranch VineyardPaso CreekTobin James Cellars
Cass WineryHammerskyPaso Robles Wine Country AllianceTreana
Castoro CellarsHansen WineryPasoPort Wine Company Inc.Treana and Hope Family Wines
Cayucos CellarsHarmony CellarsPeachy Canyon WinerTurley Wine Cellars
Cerro Prieto Vineyard and CellarsHearst Ranch WineryPear Valley VineyardTwilight Cellars
Changala WineryHearthstone Vineyard & WineryPenman Springs VineyardVenteaux Vineyards
Chateau MargeneHidden Oak WineryPer Cazo CellarsVeris Cellars – Home of JanKris & Ben Hogan Wines
Christian Lazo WinesHug CellarsPianetta WineryVictor Hugo Winery
Chronic Cellars Winery Inc.Hunt CellarsPipestone VineyardsVilla Creek Cellars
Chumeia VineyardsJ Dusi WinesPithy Little Wine CompanyVilla San-Juliette Winery
Cinquain CellarsJ & J CellarsPozo ValleyVillicana Winery
Clautiere VineyardJ. Lohr Vineyards & WinesPretty-Smith Vineyards & WineryVina Robles
Clavo CellarsJack Creek CellarsProulxVines on the Marycrest
Clayhouse WinesJacob ToftRanchita Canyon VineyardVista Del Rey Vineyards
Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & WineryJada Vineyard & WineryRangeland WinesWCP Cellars
Croad VineyardsJan Kris WineryRed Soles WineryWestberg Cellars
Cypher VineyardsJK Wine CompanyRIO SECO Vineyard & WineryWild Coyote Estate Winery
D’Anbino Vineyards & CellarsJUSTIN Vineyards & WineryRiverstar VineyardsWild Horse Winery & Vineyards
Daou VineyardsKenneth Volk VineyardsRN Estate Vineyard & WineryWindward Vineyard
Dark Star CellarsKiamie Wine CellarsRobert Hall WineryZenaida Cellars
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