So you fancy yourself a wine buff? We don’t doubt that. If you’re a lover of fine wine—especially the fresh, exciting New World styles that garner so much buzz in sunny California—you’ve no doubt already caught wind of the world class, award-winning wines that have been coming out of Paso Robles over the past few decades. Heard good things but not too sure why we’re such hot stuff? No worries! Allow us to let you in on the not-so-secret joys of Paso Robles Wine Country. Hey, we all have our blind spots!
We’re humble yet mighty
Sure, we pride ourselves on our down-home vibe and warm, country hospitality, but that doesn’t mean we’re a blip on the map. Paso Robles Wine Country is home to more than 11 viticultural regions (amounting to about 614,000 acres of vineyards) and approximately 250 wineries crafting hundreds of varietals, including hard-to-find and unique offerings. From mom and pop tasting rooms where you can meet the winemaker to opulent outdoor verandas surrounded by breathtaking vineyard views, we truly are a wine lover’s paradise.
Join the club: With world-renowned craftsmanship and a sophisticated offerings, JUSTIN represents Paso Robles Winery’s polished (yet still approachable) personality. Since planting their first vineyards in 1981 with the aim to create world-class Bordeaux-style blends, JUSTIN has wowed critics, dazzled fans and elevated the region to new heights. Order JUSTIN wine online and experience the quality and care poured into each precious vintage. Shop Paso’s finest, click here to go to JUSTIN’s online store
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We’re more than sunshine
When you think about Paso Robles Wine Country, located on the California coast between L.A. to the south and San Francisco to the north, you probably think of one thing: bountiful sunshine. Yes, we have an extremely temperate, year long growing season that allows our grapes to ripen to stellar results. However, from day to day and morning to night, temperature can swing wildly. With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in the sunshine state—coupled with countless unique microclimates and dynamic soil types—Paso Robles wines can vary dramatically from vineyard to vineyard. That means more than just one flavor in your glass.
Taste the terroir: Bodega de Edgar knows a thing or two about playing with vineyard selections and microclimates. Sample the winery’s rich, chocolatey 2013 Toro de Paso, which features tempranillo from both Letitia vineyard and Stanger Vineyard blended with Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and merlot from three other area vineyard locations. That’s a total of four celebrated vineyards showcased in one bottle! Shop vineyard vibes, click here to shop at Bodega de Edgar
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We dare to be different
One thing’s for sure: They truly broke the mold when they made Paso Robles! We’re home to more than 60 wine grape varieties, ranging from cabernet sauvignon and merlot to syrah, viognier and roussanne, to zinfandel, our heritage grape. But did you know we’re also known the world over for bold blends that buck the status quo? From day one, Paso Robles winemakers have been a little more daring than the average bear, always willing to risk it all for one totally one-of-a-kind bottle.
Go bold: Unique, exciting blends are always on the roster at Brecon Estate. We recommend the winery’s many fearless blends, including a surprising zinfandel/tannat and superbly integrated syrah/viognier. As explorers at heart, these folks are known to take the path less traveled! How about you? Shop bold blends, click here to shop at Brecon
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We’re only part of the attraction
It’s not all about us. How many wine regions are self aware enough to say that? Here in Paso Robles Wine Country, we know we’re awesome. Blue skies, rolling hills and every kind of tasting room you can imagine…it’s all pretty heavenly. Not only are we home to famous farm-to-table restaurants, incredible olive oil producers and boutique shops, we’re also nestled nearby some of California’s most impressive outdoor wonders. Located a few miles from Highway 1 and the gorgeous Pacific coastline, Hearst Castle, breathtaking hiking trails and vibrant cultural attractions, we are only one piece of the puzzle. Oh, and it is a glorious puzzle, indeed!
Explore it all: Harmony Cellars is known for incredible wines ranging from elegant cabernet sauvignon to creamy, classic chardonnay. But did you know this iconic Paso Robles tasting room is located just a stone’s throw from the tiny town of Harmony, as well as the Cayucos and Cambria coastline beyond? Start your day in sunny Paso Robles and end it with a glorious sunset amidst crashing waves. Where else can you do that? Shop coastal wonders, click here to shop Harmony Cellars
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
Hoyt Family Vineyard Retreats Two very cool, tiny houses, designed using fertile imagination and repurposing of materials are located on Hoyt Family Vineyard.
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves. TOUR VIRTUALLY
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at chic, sparkling clean Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Oxford Suites Paso Robles You’ll find that from our lobby, our on-site restaurant, to our meeting spaces, to our 101 spacious suites, every space is beautiful + functional as well as comfortable + chic.
Peachy Canyon Guest Inn Sits above Peachy Canyon Winery + acres of vines at Mustang Springs Vineyard. The house has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room, family room + panoramic views.
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.