For any Wine lovers, I have some exciting news to share. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Paso Robles, and after spending four days wine tasting and eating lovely dinners hosted by wineries and winemakers, I can say Paso Robles is a Wine Country destination you need to get to know!
Paso Robles is located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It’s accessible easily by car or you can fly into San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
Anyone that follows wine knows about Saxum Vineyards. They have received a ton of amazing press with their highly scored and delicious wines. As much as that is impressive the winemaker at Saxum, Justin Smith and the experience I had during my tasting and visit with Justin is what really blew me away and make me fall in love with this brand. Sure a lot of 90+ scores impress me, but I try to make my own opinions about wine and when a wine is highly scored and regarded PLUS the winemaker is beyond humble, approachable and just lovely to spend time with that really is a winery you can not beat. Read more about my winery tour and tasting with Saxum Winemaker Justin Smith here.
Winemaker and host Justin
The super cool interior of this winery as we begin the cave tour.
The interior of the cave. There were a ton of different types of barrels, such as these concrete eggs to name a few.
Tablas Creek is another historic winery in the Paso Robles wine region. I had the pleasure of meeting founder and managing partner Robert Haas who was truly a legend (he recently passed away which was such a loss to the wine community). He had been working in wine in Paso since 1985 and had amazing energy, passion, and expertise that he shared with those around him. Tablas Creek is the result of a decades-long friendship between the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands. The families created a partnership in 1985 and, in 1989, they purchased a 120-acre property in the hilly Las Tablas district of west Paso Robles. After meeting Robert Haas during a recent press visit to Paso Robles, I can appreciate the rich history this family brand has and the important role they have played in putting the Paso Robles Wine region on the map. Kudos Robert and team for your amazing impact on Paso Robles Wine Country! 9339 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 237-1231
Me and Bob Haas during my first visit to Paso Robles for a media trip. Bob was such a nice guy and really the pioneer helping create Paso Robles as a wine destination.
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Justin Vineyards & Winery is probably the largest and the most well known of the wineries on this list, however, just because they are a bit larger and corporate (owned by Fiji Water) I still suggest you check out this Winery for both their great wines and their lovely food and wine experience. I had a fabulous lunch here enjoying a pairing of Justin Wines with beautiful views (although it was a rainy, hazy day so when I visited). They also have hotel rooms so if you’re looking for a great winery to stay at and visit, Justin Winery is the spot for you! 11680 Chimney Rock Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Halter Ranch Winery
Another winery that is a must see in Paso Robles is Halter Ranch. Not only are they making some incredible wines and a lot of varietals, they have one of the most beautiful wineries and a great setting to do a tasting then snag a table outside with vineyard views and relax and spend a weekend afternoon enjoying. Read more about Halter Ranch here. 8910 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
Opolo Vineyards is a wonderful Winery with an amazing team and delicious Wines. I had the pleasure of going the week of harvest and attended their infamous Harvest Party. Read more about the Winery and their annual Harvest party here. 7110 Vineyard Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
Le Cuvier promotes a non-interventionist approach to winemaking. With Paso legend John Munch at the helm, Le Cuvier produces exquisite small-production wines that cannot be found in restaurants or retailers. When visiting this tasting room you’ll also enjoy food pairings (as part of the standard tasting) so come hungry and ready to enjoy delicious wines and yummy bites! 3333 Vine Hill Ln, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 238-5706
The spectacular views of Paso Robles from Le Cuvier
Hope Family Wines
Hope Family Wines includes multiple brands such as Treana & Hope Family Wines is a family owned winery owned and operated by Austin Hope now presiding over five labels: Liberty School, Austin Hope, Treana, Candor, and Troublemaker. Austin maintains the Hope family’s legacy of sustainable farming practices and the long-standing tradition of making delicious, reliable, and accessible wines, all while infusing a vibrancy that resonates from the vine to the glass. 1585 Live Oak Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 238-4112
The awesome interior of the Hope family wines tasting room
Austin Hope welcoming us to the Winery
Cass Vineyard & Winery
Cass Winery is another Winery I had the chance to visit. They have a gorgeous Winery with vineyards, gardens, various animals, and a Restaurant with amazing food. Read more about Cass Winery’s Wine & delicious food here. 7350 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 239-1730.
The picturesque setting of our amazing wine tasting at lunch in this beautiful vineyard setting outside of Cass Winery.
The talented chef responsible for the delicious eats we enjoyed during our visit. Their burger was HANDS down amazing, my favorite in Paso Robles!
The line up of wines we tried during our visit.
Steve Cass, me and winemaker Sterling Kragten. Read more about the Cass Winery team here.
Brecon Estate is a Boutique Estate winery nestled in the rolling westside hills outside of Paso Robles, California. With an international award-winning winemaker Brecon is a winery not to be missed during a Paso Robles visit. What I love about Brecon is that it’s owned by a husband and wife (I’m all about family owned businesses coming from one myself) and has a super cool, chill setting. There is a cool modern tasting room overlooking the vineyards and super chill outdoor seating (picnic tables, a fire pit….). 7450 Vineyard Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 239-2200