Why visit Paso Robles Wine Country in winter? We could name a thousand and one reasons, but we’ll just stick to our favorite five for now! Paso’s offseason is utterly charming, with far less crowds and more opportunities to savor quiet moments with friends and family. The weather is temperate, with warm sunny days and chilly nights enjoyed around a crackling fire. Of course, we’d be silly not to mention Paso’s downtown, all aglow in holiday lights this time of year (you’ll feel our warm and cozy community spirit just by strolling boutique shops and tasting rooms). Plus, winter brings fabulous holiday sales and festive foodie finds! Need we say more? We didn’t think so.
Relax, there’s no rush: Beat the crowds and head to Paso Robles Wine Country, where lines are shorter, tasting rooms are quieter, and you can get that one-on-one attention you crave. KROBAR Craft Distillery offers up a relaxed yet swanky hangout perfect for winter afternoons spent sipping together. Located just off the Highway 46 West, this unique tasting room offers up an intimate indoor/outdoor space where folks can enjoy small batch house-made Americana spirits as well as weekly featured cocktails. KROBAR’s in-house mixologists are constantly creating new and exciting drinks, especially during the festive holiday season! Better gab a few bottles to go for stocking stuffers…we’ve heard that Santa is sick of milk and cookies.
Meet you by the pool: We don’t know what winter is usually like in your neck of the woods, but around here the days are sunny and sweet! Escape to temperate Paso Robles this holiday season, where the famous Mediterranean climate inspires delicious wine grapes and chill vacations. Allegretto Vineyard Resort doesn’t just boast its own wine label and tasting room, you can also dine at a top notch restaurant, relax at the onsite spa or (get ready for it) lounge in a bikini by a spacious swimming pool. That’s right—take a dip in Paso while the temps dip elsewhere! As the day melts into night, it’s nice to know you can slip into a multi-jet hot tub surrounded by vineyards, too. We could get used to this kind of holiday tradition…
The heart of it all: Theres’s something so magical about Paso Robles’ quaint downtown in winter. Experience the majestic oak trees, romantic street lamps and stately town clock all aglow in festive holiday lights. Looking for incredible food, fine wine and boutique shopping all in one easy trip? Simply stroll this iconic town square and you’ll be sure to stumble upon more than a few exciting finds. Plus, there’s plenty to explore on the edge of downtown, too, where parking is breezy and there’s never a wait to taste. One such awesome locale to check out? Iron Oaks Winery, which offers up a five star wine and cheese tasting that still smacks of Paso’s down-home authenticity. Pick up fine beef for your festive gatherings that comes from the family ranch and grab bottles of sparkling cowboy buckle champagne to add some yeehaw to the year’s end. It won’t last long.
More wine for your buck: Want wine on a dime? This time of year, Paso Robles Wineries roll out some stellar holiday deals—so be sure to take advantage of them while you’re here! Easily cross off everyone on your list when you pick up a few jingle-worthy offerings from Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar, a favorite of locals and travelers alike. Whether you purchase a “World Class Wine and Chocolate Pairing” for grandma, a six-bottle “Cabernet for All of your Holidays” box to parse out to friends and family, or the popular “Hope for the Holidays” box, featuring the winery’s iconic 2019 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020 Austin Hope chardonnay and a bottle of estate-grown olive oil, you can rest assured that you’ll spread a little joy without spending the extra dough.
Festive foodie finds
No need to toil in the kitchen: In Paso Robles Wine Country, we live to serve you! Belly up to a table at Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar, where the fall tasting menu offers up a holiday feast for the ages. Overflowing cheese and charcuterie boards, savory house-made soup and sourdough, Romanesco and Asian pear flatbread, roast beef and barley salad and butternut squash bread pudding can all be yours when you fall in love with Paso Robles this winter. If all of these wintery items have your mouth watering at the moment, be sure to remember that meals in Paso are always served alongside the most excellent wines. No need to guess which bottle will work with each dish—we’ve got pairing down to a science!
BONUS! This weekend enjoy a complimentary glass of Rosé at Seven Oxen located off Hwy 101 in the Tin City area!
It doesn’t get more festive than this!
2019 Rosé – Estate Grown at Seven Oxen
Grenache, Mourvèdre and Zin Rosé
Fermented in Stainless Steel
Aged in Neutral French oak for 6 months by talented French winemaker, sustainable Vineyard Manager, photographer, beekeeper, father, and husband.
The oak gives the wine roundness and creaminess, while the stainless allows to keep bright acidity to create the perfect balance. Notes of strawberry, raspberry , currant and rose petals. It is delicious, we just enjoyed it yesterday.
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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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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 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.