Don’t be afraid to raise your hand: There are no dumb questions in Paso Robles Wine Country! When it comes to the basics of planning your trip to Paso Robles, it’s good to know the basics: where to taste, how to get there, and when to go, to name a few. If you’ve ever wondered whether an excursion to Paso Robles Wine Country is right for you, read on. With robust reds, refreshing whites and more than 300 diverse tasting rooms to discover, there’s a Paso Robles Wine tasting experience perfectly tailored to your taste.
How to get here?
Welcome to Paso: Conveniently located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles Wine Country is easily accessible by plane, train or vehicle! The best part? No need to pay for a rental car when you taste in downtown Paso Robles, where you can easily stroll dozens of tasting rooms all in a single stroll. Plus, with incredible dining options, boutique shops and art galleries nearby, you’ll experience the best of Paso Robles Wine Country all without leaving our historic town square. In fact, Derby Wine Estates is just a brisk jaunt from downtown and the Amtrak train station, pouring up delicious Bordeaux blends and more. Housed in the restored Paso Robles Almond Growers Association building (originally built in 1922), you’ll savor a slice of Paso history while you sip. Hot Tip: Hayseed and Housdon, located just east of the Downtown City park on Railroad St., donates half their proceeds to local charities, allowing you to both raise a glass to fine flavor and a fabulous cause.
Where to stay?
Be our guest! We’re no strangers to visitors around here: simply check out our array of diverse lodging options, ranging from budget friendly hotels perfect for families to lavish resort suites designed to amp up the romance. Paso Robles Vacation Rentals run the gamut from full houses decked out with pools and barbecues to tucked-away wine country cottages. In fact, several wineries feature their own unique on-site rentals nestled among the vines. Hoyt Family Vineyards Retreats offers up two adorable tiny houses to choose from, the“Vineyard View Cabin” and the “Cowboy Cabin,” both of which afford stunning views of Hoyt’s coveted westside vines. Wake up to the sound of songbirds and the smell of fresh air, ready to seize the day ahead. Hot tip: Bringing Fido along for the ride? Paso Robles is home to dog-friendly tasting rooms and lodging options, ensuring that you can truly wag more.
When to go?
With sunny skies dominating the weather report for the majority of the year, Paso Robles Wine Country is temperate and beautiful to visit, even in winter! That said, there are some fun times we feel all wine aficionados should experience: fall harvest season and glorious springtime! Both times of year boast a bevy of fun wine tasting events spanning exclusive tours, farm-to-table feasts and groovy live music. Celebrate spring’s colorful tapestry at Sculpterra, where you can spread out on a picnic blanket on the emerald green lawn. Dotted with majestic sculptures, this unique garden tasting experience is sure to put a spring back in your step! Hot tip: With gorgeous spring weather like this, you’d be silly not to take advantage of a vineyard tour or two. Stop by Pelletiere for an educational romp through the vines culminating in a flight of elegant Italian wines.
What to wear?
Dress code? No way! Paso Robles Wine Country is a place where cowboy boots, flip flops and jeans are welcomed, any day of the week. You can thank the region’s rich agricultural legacy and pioneering spirit for this welcoming vibe (we aren’t ones to judge a book by its cover). Around here, friendly folks are always on-hand to guide your tasting, answer your questions or just chew the fat! That said, if you feel like dressing up and feeling fancy, no one’s going to look at you sideways. We can waltz with the best of ’em! Michael Gill Cellars might look like a swanky European hunting lodge, but this syrah-focused tasting room is the epitome of casual charm. Stop by today and experience warm vibes and award-winning wines—a common combination in Paso! Hot Tip: We’re not just ground zero for stellar wines—you’ll also find friendly hangouts serving craft cocktails, beer and even olive oil! Book a tasting or tour at Pasolivo and sample locally-sourced Extra Virgin Olive Oil that shines with our famous terroir.
How to taste
This is a big question, indeed! Like many big questions, the answer is “it depends.” What we mean by this is there is no wrong way to taste. From quiet, back road tasting rooms serving up small batch bottles among the oaks to Mediterranean-style lounges complete with restaurant-worthy culinary offerings, you can find a Paso tasting room that feels authentic to your taste buds. Thanks to several terrific areas to explore—including Highway 46 West, Highway 46 East, Adelaide, Templeton and more—you can pick a route and skip to the good part. Hot tip: Just a few miles from the Pacific ocean, you can make a beach day out of your next tasting trip! Stop by Harmony Cellars, just a stone’s throw from the historic hamlet of Harmony, CA. Afterward, scenic Highway 1 is your playground.
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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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.
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 RetreatsTwo 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®
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.
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.
The Farmhouse at Pelletiere Estate is a modern & luxurious wine country retreat. Privately situated & surrounded by our estate vineyards, located just off Hwy46w on a very accessible country road, nestled in the heart of Paso Robles’ renowned Westside, just 6 miles to Paso’s downtown square. The Farmhouse offers stunning vineyard views from every angle, as well as a stylish yet cozy house you’re bound to fall in love with!