Paso Robles wineries are nothing if not bold and inventive. Around here, we tend to march to the beat of our own drum! That goes for making wine, growing wine, and—of course—enjoying the fruit of our labors. With a warm, temperate growing season (read: oodles of sunshine), locals tend to use the the great outdoors as their personal playground. You should too! With miles of dreamy vineyards, fragrant wildflowers and blue skies, there’s never been a better time to make the trip to Paso Robles Wine Country. Whether you sit down to a picture-perfect winemaker dinner set amongst the oaks or take a detour to the ocean, you’ll find endless fresh ways to savor Paso wine this spring!
1. Become the beekeeper
Major buzz: Experience the ancient magic of beekeeping at Cass Winery this Spring! Yes, you heard us right. From hive science to honey extractions, your group will learn the latest buzz about these important pollinators. Allow the friendly folks at Cass to take you for a spin around the winery’s onsite bee hives, where you’ll suit up in your very own beekeeper’s suit! Learn about hive installations, understand the connections between plants and herbs and sample your own taste of honey, artisanal cheese and award winning wine. If there’s a more “springtime” event happening in Paso Robles Wine Country, we’d be shocked to hear!
2. Go industrial
Fresh hangouts abound: Sure, we love cowboys and local traditions, but we’re also home to cutting-edge tasting rooms. One such destination not to be missed? Bodega de Edgar, home of bold Spanish varietals and a clean, modern vibe. One of the best thing about Paso Robles is the fact that winemakers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Bodega de Edgar Winemaker/Founder Edgar Torres started off his journey as a waiter at a local restaurant. From working his way up from “cellar rat” at local wineries to starting his own label in 2007, this is an incredible journey worth celebrating first hand! Check out the winery’s modern lounge tucked away in an unassuming industrial space. Now, to toast to a true Robles dream come true!
3. Spelunk it!
Enter the cave: OK, so you won’t be wearing a flashlight on your head, but we think Eberle’s iconic wine caves are pretty darn exciting nonetheless! Get in on the adventure when you book a vineyard deck tour and tasting, cellar club reserve tour and tasting or VIP tour and tasting in the grotto. That’s right—most Eberle wine experiences have an underground wine cave tour built right into the program, so you’ll never have to worry about missing out on this time-honored expedition. When paired alongside some of the most iconic red wines to Paso on the map, this is the perfect recipe for flavor and fun.
4. Discover coastal magic
Easy breezy and tasty: A drive along Highway 46 West heading towards the coast is always a relaxing experience—especially when you stop at your favorite wineries along the way! Be sure to hit Harmony Cellars, a totally unique stop with loads of coastal appeal. Perched atop a hill overlooking the hamlet of Harmony (population 18, if you count the cows), you’ll be transported to a whimsical storybook world where glass blowers and cobblestone streets enchant the imagination! Just a stone’s throw from Highway 1 and the glittering Pacific beyond, you might just be inspired to travel onward for an impromptu beach day. Looks like this is just the beginning of your coastal journey!
5. Have a cocktail
Have we gone utterly nuts? Not quite! Paso Robles winemakers are so darn creative and passionate, it’s not unusual to find folks who dabble in wine, beer and craft spirits, too. Put down the wine glass for the afternoon (we promise, it will still be there) and allow the mixologists at KROBAR Craft Distillery North to shake up an expert drink made from one-of-a-kind hooch. Located behind Grey Wolf Winery in Paso Robles on Highway 46 West, this Instagram-worthy tasting room is home to an intimate indoor/outdoor space perfect for happy hour with the crew.
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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®
The Kiler Canyon Vineyard Retreat Perched on top of a hill on ONX Estate’s vineyard with gorgeous 360 degree views of the Willow Creek AVA
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
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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!