If you’re brand new to wine tasting, you might assume that tasting rooms are intimidating, stuffy or downright boring. Well, allow us to bust all three of those false preconceived notions in one fell swoop! In Paso Robles Wine County, we know how to have a good time (and we love to share our unique slice of heaven with new visitors)! Although there’s more than 250+ tasting rooms in Paso to suit every conceivable taste, each locale shares one important factor in common: our famous blend of hospitality and award-winning wines! Together, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience touched with that warm and welcoming spirit that is just oh-so Paso. Whether you are a first-time sipper or a tried-and-true aficionado, Paso Robles wineries know how to surprise, delight and repeat!

You won’t leave hungry

Fill ‘er up: With so many incredible top notch wineries on the itinerary, it would be silly not to feed you a quality meal or three! This may come as a bit of a shock, but many Paso Robles wineries actually boast their own sit-down restaurant dining experiences onsite. One of our faves? Rural Cass Winery, where you can grub down on amazing culinary creations, enjoy a full wine tasting flight and admire the rugged scenery all without ever leaving your sun-dappled table. Melding French DNA with Paso personality, Cass Winery pairs fabulous food prepared by their onsite chef alongside unique overnight stays and fun-loving events, a winning combination. From the meaty Cass Dip Sandwich (thinly sliced ten-hour smoked premium top sirloin topped with cheese, horseradish and arugula) to a refreshing salad topped with seared Ahi tuna, you can have your wine experience, and eat it too!

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We’re as weird as you want to be

Take your pick: Around here, we’re always talking about the diversity of tasting rooms. I mean, don’t we ever get sick of saying we have over 250+ different tasting rooms to choose from? Short answer: No! That’s because there truly is a tasting room for every personality type, whether you love outdoor lawn games, a romantic sunset view or a curated multi-course meal. How diverse are our tasting grooms? Well, one winery exemplifies this notion without uttering a single word. Yes, we are indeed speaking of Tooth and Nail Winery, where you can sip award-winning wines in a unique modern castle setting (selfies required)! Revel in the fantasy of this otherworldly ambiance, enjoy a winery tour, catch some live music or order up a bevy of snacks to share with your loyal court. Suddenly, you’ve uncorked a whole new dimension—an elegant world that overflows with luxurious wines, fanciful conversation and royal table service. How’s that for enjoying your very own happily ever after?

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The vibe is chill

Come as you are: Fancy wine means fancy folks, right? Well, as much as we’d like to brag about our excellent taste (I mean, we really do have great taste in everything from grapes to movies), that doesn’t mean we have our pinkies held high in the air. In fact, many of our tasting rooms double as unofficial clubhouses for neighborhood equestrians, bikers, artists and chefs. Iron Oaks Winery is one such beloved relaxed local hangout where everyday people (including a few snooty wine critics) are known to mingle over excellent, small batch bottles, no-fuss cheese pairings and scrumptious lunches delivered right to you. Around here, you’re just as likely to run into cowboy boots over pumps, but that doesn’t mean that all aren’t welcome! As always, you do you! We’ll pour up the best.

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We offer way more than wine

You could call us show-offs, and you’d be right: If it’s delicious to eat or drink, you’ll find it on our table. From locally grown Pasolivo olive oil to juicy, grass-fed beef, we truly have it all in Paso Robles! Oso Libre has amazing tasting rooms that happily offer up world class wines alongside juicy, estate raised beef including an array of gourmet cuts such as Osso Buco (trust us, this local delicacy is worth throwing on your grill or in your oven, any time of year)! Similarly surprising, KROBAR Craft Distillery offers up small batch house-made Americana spirits and weekly featured cocktails. Located just off the Highway 46 West, this exciting tasting room boasts an intimate indoor/outdoor space where folks can enjoy the talents of in-house mixologists—and man, are they gifted! I mean, Paso Robles wine is great, but sometimes a crisp cocktail calls. We say, follow your bliss.

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We love modern technology

Paso Robles has truly entered the modern world! Sure, we love our down-home country ways, but that doesn’t mean we avoid the conveniences of high tech magic. In fact, you can virtually escape to several Paso Robles tasting rooms in the comfort of your own home, including Brecon Estate, Chateau Margene Chronic Cellars, Oso Libre, Pelletiere Estate Winery, Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, Tooth & Nail Winery ! Click here to take a virtual tour of these wineries—and be sure to also check out virtual tours of our best lodging entities and restaurant offerings, too! Simply click your way to a beautiful 360-degree reality filled with wine and whimsy.

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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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundMake ReservationsMajestically 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.

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto


Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse


Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage


Make ReservationsHoyt Family Vineyard RetreatsTwo very cool, tiny houses, designed using fertile imagination and repurposing of materials are located on Hoyt Family Vineyard.

Directions: speedfind.com/hoytfamilyvineyards


Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso RoblesMake ReservationsHampton 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®

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn


Make ReservationsThe 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

Directions: speedfind.com/KilerRetreat


Make ReservationsExperience 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

Directions: speedfind.com/Lekai | vrbo.com/701796


Make ReservationsOxford 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.

Directions: speedfind.com/oxfordsuitespasorobles


Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.



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One Thought on “5 Ways Paso Wineries will Surprise You”

  • I LOVE the Paso Robles wine….I have never been a huge California wine drinker until, I visited the wineries in Paso Robles.. Now it’s the only domestic wine I drink, I am always looking on the shelves for Paso Robles wine.
    The area is beautiful, the people are wonderfully friendly, and you can have fun while tasting a new wine. Reminds me of the French wine region.

    Looking forward to coming back!!!

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