DAOU Vineyards sits atop a mountaintop estate in the Adelaida District of the Paso Robles AVA where guests can explore and experience the DAOU brother’s vision of crafting California “first growth” wine from one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world.
ABOUT THE ADELAIDA DISTRICT
The Adelaida District is one of the eleven sub-districts that make up the larger Paso Robles American Viticulture Area, and home to some of the oldest grapes in Paso Robles’ Wine Country.
Although San Luis Obispo County has a long history of grape growing (and today Paso Robles is synonymous with wine country), commercial wineries were not introduced to the area until 1964. That year Dr. Stanley Hoffman purchased 1,200 acres in the heart of what is now the Adelaida District, and with the help of influential winemaker André Tchelistcheff, Hoffman planted the vineyards that became Hoffman Mountain Ranch Winery, the first commercial winery in all of Paso Robles’s AVA.
Located in the located farthest west corner of Paso Robles’s wine country, the Adelaida District is defined by the Santa Lucia Mountains in the west and the Salinas River in the east. Vineyards in this area of the Paso Robles AVA grow at the highest elevation in the entire region, with some vineyards as high as 2,108′. The soil is primarily calcareous, with high volumes of calcium carbonate due to the limestone and chalk found in the ground.
This region also experiences more coastal weather than any other district in the AVA, and the maritime fog and cool breezes allows the Adelaida District vineyards to successfully grow grapes that normally succeed in cooler temperatures (like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) alongside the Rhone Valley reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel that thrive in warmer climates (and the AVA is known for).
Today the distinct terroir profiles (or growing conditions) of the eleven districts contribute to the production of over 40 varietals (the vast majority crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Roussanne, Zinfandel, Viognier, Merlot, and Syrah), and home to over 200 wineries for locals and tourists to enjoy and explore.
Learn more about the eleven districts below, and make sure to plan your next wine tasting weekend in Paso Robles’s Wine Country!