Why Paso Robles: 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 you need to get to know!
Where is Paso Robles: 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.
1. 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.
2. Hope Family Wines including 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
Adorable Mike who’s the brand manager. Super nice, knowledgeable, and an over all cutie!
3. Niner Wine Estates was a Winery I had the pleasure of visiting. I enjoyed a delicious dinner paired with their wines as well as a few other local wineries’ wines. I learned that Niner Wine Estates is a family winery started by Richard Niner. After a long search, Richard and Pam purchased their first vineyard, Bootjack Ranch, in 2001, and spent the next decade building a tasting room and winery, finding and planting two additional vineyards, and assembling the current team. In 2013, they retired and their son Andy took over the day-to-day management of the business. 2400 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 239-2233.
4. Hearst Ranch is another amazing winery I got to experience during my visit to Paso Robles. Having just visited Hearst Castle (read more here) during a recent road trip cross country from San Francisco to the Midwest (read more here) I could not have been more excited to meet their Winemaker and experience their delicious wines.
5. 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 is truly a legend. He’s been working in wine in Paso since 1985 and still has amazing energy, passion, and expertise that he continues to share 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
6. Cass Vineyard & 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
7. Clayhouse Wines was another winery I had the pleasure of enjoying. They have spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon Blend (shown below) as well as some delicious whites that I have enjoyed since my Paso Robles trip. Be sure to check them out when you explore Paso Robles. 2180 W Centre St, Shandon, CA 93461. (805) 238-7055.
8. 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
9. 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
10. Midnight Cellars Winery & Vineyard – This was another winery I was lucky to visit as I went during Harvest and they also have a lively Harvest Party. There they pair their yummy wines with Chicago style ribs from Carsons, part of the reason I got to know Midnight Winery. As soon as I heard about the Rib Party, I begged to attend so I could experience their wines and the yummy Chicago style ribs I love so much. Read more about this annual delicious Wine & Ribs Party here. 2925 Anderson Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446.