Paso Robles, California

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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Paso Robles Videos

Paso Robles Wine Stories

Vermentino and Smoked Trout Pairing

I was doing research on the wines of Corsica and this got me craving Vermentino. I just happened to have a bottle of Tablas Creek’s 2017 Vermentino handy to open. So…dinner. What to pair? A friend of mine had been fishing recently and made smoked…

The 12th Day arrives…2009 Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie & Duck

The 12th Day of Wine demanded digging in the cellar for something special and Michael perused the Tablas Creek Wines that we patiently wait to open, allowing them to age as we gaze longingly at the Vintage chart waiting for them to be in their…

A Trio of Syrahs from California’s Central Coast

I started out with a plan.  It actually wasn’t Syrah. The plan was dinner and a Roussanne.  We have spent a couple weeks doing research on Syrah and were almost complete.  Our next varietal to focus on is Roussanne and we were going to start…

What is Terret Noir?

Terret Noir Terret Noir is a Rhône Valley Grape that is dark but thinned skinned and produces a light colored wine. It is one of the 13 grapes permitted for blending in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, although it totals just 2 acres of vineyard in the region. Like…

A Grenache Vertical from Tablas Creek

We had planned to head to the Valley of Fire, but the winds kicked up and it didn’t seem like a good day to go, so…how to fill our day off?  Michael suggested a vertical.  We settled on a Grenache Vertical from Tablas Creek Vineyard. …

Flash tour Central Coast – Day 4 – Santa Cruz to Paso Robles on the Pacific Coast Highway

More of the Flash Tour!  We are back on the Central Coast for Day 4.  Today is about the call of the ocean, and we spend much of the day on the Pacific Coast Highway. Day 4 Santa Cruz to Paso Robles to Solvang To…

Flash tour Central Coast Wine Country and Beyond – Day 1

6 days…where to go in wine country? Well if you have a Prius and can get to California fairly easily, you don’t have to choose.  Join us on our journey through California’s Central Coast Wine Country and a little beyond. Day 1 Las Vegas to…

Crushed Grapes & Open Minds – The Event

Crushed Grapes & Open Minds an interactive experience Last August we held an event entitled “Crushed Grapes and Open Minds”. My friend RuBen with Act2Art by RuBen is an accomplished artist and created some works specifically for this event. The idea connected scent memory and...

The Art Installation – Crushed Grapes and Open Minds

A few days before the "Crushed Grapes and Open Minds" event.  The Artist RuBen Permel came by to install the art works.  He brought the 5 paintings inspired by the wine, as well as a selection of other pieces.  Including his Upland Flight series, "Three...

Tablas Creek Vineyard – The Rhones, the new Adelaida AVA, natural fermentation and the use of foudres.

While on the Central Coast in April we were lucky enough to meet with Jason Haas, General Manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles. Jason graciously took time out of his busy schedule to spend a couple of hours with Michael and I in...

Tablas Creek Vineyard, Paso Robles, Biodynamics and more

While on the Central Coast in April we were lucky enough to meet with Jason Haas, General Manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles. Jason graciously took time out of his busy schedule to spend a couple of hours with Michael and I in...

A Conversation with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard, Paso Robles, the Drought, Dry farming

While on the Central Coast in April we were lucky enough to meet with Jason Haas, General Manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles. Jason graciously took time out of his busy schedule to spend a couple of hours with Michael and I in...

April on the Central Coast

I love April. It is a month where Michael and I have a little time to travel. This year, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that we hit the Central Coast. This trip was about taking in all that the Central...

Shopping for wine…..

I spent the afternoon at Total Wine.  I know…it’s a big corporate wine store.  But I find I am lacking on small wine shops on my side of the valley.  Khoury’s, you know I love you, but you are on the other side of the…

A harvest vineyard walk at Tablas Creek Vineyards

We gathered in the shade just outside the Tablas Creek tasting room.  You could tell why we were here by our sturdy shoes.  Yes it was almost 100 degrees, but we were wine lovers ready to brave the elements to find out more about this…

West Side Paso Robles – the Highlight Reel!

We spent the weekend in Paso Robles arriving mid-afternoon at DAOU where they were having music out on the patio. The views from this vineyard are incredible. It is 360 degrees of the Paso Robles area from the top of a mountain on the West side….

A weekend in West Side Paso.

Our trip to Paso this time is a little more focused as we hit the North end of Vineyard Drive and the West end of Adelaida Road.  The big events we are attending are a Tasting through the Vineyard with Neil Collins (winemaker) and Levi…

Halter Ranch – Tradition and Innovation

In 1874 when Edwin Smith moved to Paso Robes the area of Halter Ranch was still known as Las Tablas.  This is the name of the creek that runs through the property and gives it’s name to the Haas/Perrin winery just over the hill. It…

Shale Oak – a holistic sense of sustainability

In researching for our trip to Paso, I came across CellarPass.  Cellar Pass provides online reservations for tastings at wineries.  I found Shale Oak through them and scheduled a 10 am tasting. This stunning tasting room is off of 46W on Oakdale road. The winery…

Sculpterra Wine & Art – Roaming the sculpture garden

Sculpterra is located on the East side of Paso off of Linne Road. This unique winery greets you with a magnificent sculpture garden.  Surrounded by gorgeous iron fencing by master black smith Robert C. Bentley the garden itself is filled with the beautiful sculpture work…

SYTYCDW (So You think you can Drink Wine!) – Villa San Juliette

Located North and West of Paso Robles in San Miguel, Villa San Juliette is a sprawling property.  When you head out here, just keep driving.  You will be tempted to turn around several times thinking you must have missed it.  You haven’t it’s just way…

Bella Luna Winery

Ages ago we had tasted some of the Bella Luna wines at a tasting at Vino 100 here in Vegas. Their Fighter Pilot Red as well as the guy pouring Kevin Healy were both memorable. On our last trip to Paso Robles we were driving…

Vines on the Marycrest, Paso Robles Winery

I had the privilege of meeting Victor Abascal the owner and winemaker at a tasting a Khoury’s in Las Vegas.  His story is an entertaining one.  His background was as a sound engineer until he became obsessed with wine.  He and his wife Jennifer own…

Gravity flow wineries. Isn’t this just common sense?

Gravity flow wineries.  Lately it’s a high tech term, but really it seems like common sense doesn’t it?  In Bordeaux Chateau Lynch-Bages built a tank house that employed a railed gravity flow system in 1850. The lower level held the vats and the upper level…

The Booker Brothers legacy in Paso

    After a beautiful drive North from San Luis Obispo, we made it to Paso Robles  in time to do one last tasting.  My friends at Khoury’s Fine Wine in Vegas had recommended Booker. There website is stunning with gorgeous black and white photos…

Yeasts: Indigenous or Cultured

Recently while in Paso I had an interesting and enlightening conversation with David Parrish of Parrish Family Vineyards regarding yeast.  Now this is not a subject that I have in depth knowledge on, most of what I know I have picked up by listening at…

One facet of Paso Robles “Terroir” – lets start with the dirt.

There are so many variables in wine and plenty just within the vineyard. A Vineyards “Terroir” or sense of place come from the weather, the location of the vines on slopes for more or less sun, coastal influences, temperature fluxuations, cover crops, and soil. After…

Springtime in Wine Country – Santa Barbara to Paso Robles

Drawn to the coast we began on the beach in Santa Barbara wandering Stearns wharf and then tasting at Municipal Winemakers on Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail in “The Funk Zone”.  Au Bon Climat called and we strolled up the beautiful State Street with bougainvillea…

The Poppy Den – Angelo Sosa’s Eclectic and Amazing Creation

We are Top Chef watchers here.  Kinda fans of the show.  Enough so that when Kristen was knocked off this past season we went online to complain.  We were not giant fans of Angelo Sosa when he was on top chef in Season 7.  So….going…

Aglianico (don’t try to say it on your own!)

On our last trip to Paso Robles, Michael and I stopped into the Kenneth Volk tasting room that is next to Lone Madrone and tasted his 2008 Aglianico.  Okay don’t try to pronounce this without assistance or you will butcher it like I did.  Let Bruno…

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