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San Luis Obispo County Wine Country is one of the most popular wine tasting destinations in California. With over 200 wineries calling the region home, locals and tourists have more than 40 varietals crafted right here on the central coast to explore and enjoy from the beauty of vineyard tasting rooms.


San Luis Obispo County is broken down into four distinct American Viticulture Areas (or wine regions), each with their own unique climates and terroir profiles that result in world class varietals:

The Arroyo Grande Valley and Edna Valley wine regions were established in 1990 and 1982 respectively, and can be found in the southern half of San Luis Obispo County.

Vineyards in these regions produce the perfect Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs crafted with grapes grown closer to the coast, and often see cooler days during the growing season than the regions to the north.

The York Mountain AVA was established in 1982, but is actually one of the oldest and most well respected wine growing regions in all of SLO County. Nestled right up against the Paso Robles AVA, York Mountain shares a border with the Adelaida, Willow Creek, and Templeton Gap Districts in Paso Robles, but sees its own unique growing conditions located farther in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range.

The largest of the AVAs is Paso Robles. At roughly three times the size of Napa Valley’s AVA, Paso Robles’ AVA spans from San Miguel in the north to Santa Margarita in the south, and from Shandon in the east to the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in the west.

When the Paso Robles’ AVA was established in 1983, it was the largest single AVA in California at approximately 614,000 acres. In 2014 plans were approved to divide the AVA into eleven sub-districts, which include:

In addition to the four wine regions, San Luis Obispo County is also home to the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, which spans from Cambria to Cayucos in the northern half of the county. The trail is a collection of wineries that aren’t part of an AVA, but still an important part of the fabric that makes up San Luis Obispo County wine country.


WINE TASTING IN SLO COUNTY

Due to COVID-19, some wineries may not be open for tasting or have different hours than listed below. Given the rapidly changing landscape of rules and regulations, please contact wineries directly to ensure you are able to visit, and make reservations as necessary.

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HammerSky Vineyards

Wine tasting is the most popular way to experience and explore all the vineyards San Luis Obispo County wine country has to offer.

With over 200 wineries that have tasting rooms on their properties, there is no lack of regions and varietals to learn about and discover during your next wine tasting weekend.

To help you plan your next outing we’ve curated a list of all the wineries in SLO County Wine Country where you can visit their vineyards, and do some wine tasting while you’re there.

If you can’t make it out wine tasting at the vineyards check out our Food & Drink page to find wine bars, off-site tasting rooms, and restaurants featuring local wines in every city!

FEATURED WINERIES


PASO ROBLES AVA

ELEVATION

High2108′
Average1091′
Low628′

CLIMATE

High83.2°F
Low47°F
Rain2.57″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Syrah

Chardonnay

Merlot

Zinfandel

Petite Sirah (Durif)

Learn More About the Paso Robles AVA


ADELAIDA DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High2108′
Average1590′
Low900′

CLIMATE

High81.2°F
Low44.8°F
Rain3.1″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Grenache

Zinfandel

Syrah

Mourvedre

Chardonnay

Learn More About the Adelaida District


CRESTON DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High1786′
Average1076′
Low1012′

CLIMATE

High83.9°F
Low47.7°F
Rain3.1″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Zinfandel

Petite Sirah (Durif)

Syrah

Merlot

Learn More about the Creston District


EL POMAR DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High1180′
Average991′
Low843′

CLIMATE

High83.8°F
Low47.8°F
Rain2.63″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Syrah

Petite Sirah (Durif)

Merlot

Grenache

Cabernet Franc

Learn More About the El Pomar District


ESTRELLA DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High1309′
Average885′
Low662′

CLIMATE

High85.1°F
Low48.7°F
Rain2″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Petite Sirah (Durif)

Zinfandel

Merlot

Syrah

Learn More About the Estrella District


GENESEO DISTRICT

FEATURED WINERIES

Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery
Tobin James Cellars

ELEVATION

High1163′
Average934′
Low765′

CLIMATE

High84.8°F
Low48.4°F
Rain2″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Pinot Noir

Chardonnay

Zinfandel

Syrah

Riesling

Learn More about the Geneseo District


HIGHLANDS DISTRICT

FEATURED WINERIES

ELEVATION

High1606′
Average1449′
Low1216′

CLIMATE

High85.4°F
Low47.2°F
Rain1.89″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Chardonnay

Muscat Blanc

Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

Zinfandel

Syrah

Learn More about the Highlands District


SAN JUAN CREEK DISTRICT

FEATURED WINERIES

ELEVATION

High1192′
Average1153′
Low1105′

CLIMATE

High85.6°F
Low48.6°F
Rain2.12″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Syrah

Learn More About the San Juan Creek District


SAN MIGUEL DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High1025′
Average607′
Low628′

CLIMATE

High85.3°F
Low48.3°F
Rain2″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Petite Sirah (Durif)

Grenache

Zinfandel

Learn More About the San Miguel District


SANTA MARGARITA RANCH DISTRICT

FEATURED WINERIES

ELEVATION

High1225′
Average1164′
Low1039′

CLIMATE

High82°F
Low46.8°F
Rain3.74″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Zinfandel

Pinot Noir

Merlot

Syrah

Chardonnay

Learn More About the Santa Margarita Ranch District


TEMPLETON GAP DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High1157′
Average907′
Low773′

CLIMATE

High82.3°F
Low47°F
Rain2.54″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Zinfandel

Syrah

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet

Viognier

Mourvèdre (Mataro)

Learn More About the Templeton Gap District


WILLOW CREEK DISTRICT

ELEVATION

High1508′
Average914′
Low909′

CLIMATE

High80.7°F
Low45.6°F
Rain2.81″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon

Zinfandel

Viognier

Syrah

Chardonnay

Grenache

Learn More About the Willow Creek District


ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY

FEATURED WINERIES

Peacock Cellars

ELEVATION

High991′
Average491′
Low178′

CLIMATE

High72.3°F
Low49.2°F
Rain3″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Pinot Noir

Chardonnay

Zinfandel

Syrah

Riesling

Learn more about the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA


EDNA VALLEY

FEATURED WINERIES

Baileyana
Edna Valley Vineyard

ELEVATION

High480′
Average340′
Low238′

CLIMATE

High72.4°F
Low49.4°F
Rain2.94″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Pinot Noir

Syrah

Riesling

Chardonnay

Grenache

Learn More About the Edna Valley AVA


YORK MOUNTAIN

FEATURED WINERIES

Epoch Estates
Lago Giuseppe

ELEVATION

High1678′
Average1612′
Low1512′

CLIMATE

High78°F
Low46.1°F
Rain4.24″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Grenache

Mourvèdre (Mataro)

Syrah

Learn More About the York Mountain AVA


PACIFIC COAST WINE TRAIL

ELEVATION

High
Average
Low

CLIMATE

High68.2°F
Low49.1°F
Rain3.23″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Syrah

Zinfandel

Cabernet Sauvignon

Learn More About the Pacific Coast Wine Trail

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