For any Wine lovers, I have some exciting news to share. I recently had the pleasure of visiting several Paso Robles Wineries. So, after spending four days wine tasting and eating lovely dinners hosted by Paso Robles winemakers, I believe Paso Robles is a Wine Country destination you need to visit!
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.
Arriving to Daou Vineyards, Paso Robles
The story of Daou Winery is very simple. “Georges Daou and Daniel Daou are inseparable as brothers, friends, and visionaries. DAOU is the realization of their childhood dream, and a testament to the timeless bonds of love and family.”
Daou Winery Founders, brothers Georges Daou (left), and Daniel Daou (right). I had the pleasure of meeting both Georges and Daniel during my visit which was incredible. They both were so charismatic, personable, and clearly super hands-on.
“DAOU is the realization of their childhood dream and a testament to the timeless bonds of love and family. Georges is a creative visionary and a man of many interests. Daniel combines the training of an engineer with the touch of an artist” and is the winemaker for Daou Wines.
Embarking on a winery tour with Katherine Daou. Any tour that involves an ATV in the Vineyards with a glass of wine in hand (see below) sounds fabulous to me…
Pre ATV ride; such a happy girl. Seriously, what’s not to be thrilled about? I’m in Paso Robles (which is near and dear to my heart) and about to experience one of the most incredible wineries in the area!
The stunning food & wine tasting we enjoyed in the Daou Winery tasting room. Truly, the food here was incredible, just as lovely as the spectacular wines.
Our lovely hostess Katherine Daou hosting us during our visit. Honestly, she could not have been sweeter! And, she was so engaging while hosting us, sharing the family history with us.
Anyone that follows wine knows about Saxum Vineyards. They received a ton of amazing press with their highly scored and delicious wines. As impressive as that is, the winemaker at Saxum, Justin Smith, and the tasting really blew me away and made 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. So, when a wine is highly scored PLUS the winemaker is beyond humble, approachable, and just lovely, 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 at one of the Paso Robles Wineries I visited!
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 of the historic Paso Robles Wineries. I met the amazing 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 worked 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, a 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 appreciate the rich history this family brand has and the important role they played in putting the Paso Robles Wine region on the map. Kudos Robert and team for your amazing impact on these Paso Robles Wineries! 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 as I sipped on Justin Wines with beautiful views (although it was a rainy, hazy day 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, but they also have one of the most beautiful Paso Robles Wineries. Also, I loved their outdoor tables with vineyard views to relax and enjoy a weekend afternoon. 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. Paso legend John Munch 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. They are a family-owned winery 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. Additionally, he preserves the long-standing tradition of making delicious, reliable, and accessible wines. In sum, these wines have 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 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. Paso Robles Wineries have such lovely seating areas!
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. You should definitely visit Brecon during a tour of Paso Robles Wineries. In fact, they have an award-winning winemaker! I love the husband and wife duo owners at Brecon; it’s great supporting family-owned businesses (coming from one myself). Plus, it 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