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The Edna Valley AVA is one of four distinct American Viticulture Areas in San Luis Obispo County along with Arroyo Grande Valley, York Mountain, and Paso Robles.  Together the four AVAs comprise over 600,000 acres of planted vineyards, and over 200 wineries for locals and visitors to explore and enjoy.

The Enda Valley AVA is one of the oldest grape-growing regions in all of SLO County, and it’s winemaking history dates back to the 1800’s with significant ties to the Spanish Missions being built in the area. 

The rich history of grape growing and winemaking in the Edna Valley AVA has allowed the region to develop world class Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, but their Syrahs and Viogniers (a white wine version of Syrah) are increasing in popularity, and not to be missed during a wine tasting weekend in SLO County. 


WINE TASTING IN EDNA VALLEY

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.

There are many incredible wines that have come out of the Edna Valley AVA, and several of the vineyards have tasting rooms on their properties that are open to the public for wine tasting and events.

To help plan your next trip to the Edna Valley AVA we have curated a list of the vineyard tasting rooms where you can enjoy and explore the world class varietals crafted right here in SLO County.

If you can’t make it to the vineyards check out San Luis Obispo’s’ Food & Drink Page to see the wine bars, off-site tasting rooms, and restaurants that feature Edna Valley wines!


FEATURED WINERIES

Baileyana

5828 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 597-8200

Edna Valley Vineyard

2585 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 544-5855

Kynsi Winery

2212 Corbett Canyon Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 544-8461

Saucelito Canyon

3080 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 543-2111


VINEYARD TASTING ROOMS

Autry Cellars

5450 Edna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 546-8669

Baileyana

5828 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 597-8200

Biddle Ranch Vineyard

2050 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 543-2399

Center of Effort

2195 Corbett Canyon Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 782-9463

Chamisal Vineyards

7525 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 541-9463

Claiborne & Churchill Winery

2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 544-4066

Edna Valley Vineyard

2585 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 544-5855

Filipponi Ranch

1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

(805) 903-3567

Kynsi Winery

2212 Corbett Canyon Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 544-8461

Malene Wines

7767 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 235-3338

Saucelito Canyon

3080 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 543-2111

Tolosa

4910 Edna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 782-0500

Windemere Winery

1653 Old Price Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 542-0133

Wolff Vineyards

6238 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 781-0448


TERROIR PROFILE

The Edna Valley AVA is located to the south and east of the city of San Luis Obispo, with pieces of the AVA overlapping with the southern half of the city. The AVA actually sits along the valley floor between the Santa Lucia Mountain Range to the west and the Los Padres National Forest to the south and east, and defines those borders for the AVA. The northern tip of the AVA is found in the city of San Luis Obispo, just east of Highway 101 near the Apple Farm. 

The AVA stretches ten miles north to south, and another ten east to west (but not in a perfect square), and although it has a wide range of topographical differences, the climate and soil are fairly consistent across the region. 

For example, the lowest point of elevation in the AVA is only 238’ along the valley floor, but more than doubles in elevation to 480’ as you get closer to the base of the mountain ranges. Typically a wider array of temperatures would be expected given the differences in elevation, but the AVA as a whole experiences a fairly moderate climate in large part because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, almost the entire valley of the AVA was at one point covered by the Pacific Ocean, which means it benefits from the ancient marine sediment left behind creating extremely fertile soil that is even further enriched by the humus, loam, and clay found in the ground. 

All of these growing conditions come together to produce some of the most incredible Chardonnay and  Pinot Noir varietals, which require the cooler climate (and longer growing season) found in Edna Valley to truly produce exceptional wines. Additionally, Syrah and Viognier (Syrah’s white wine version) have been growing in popularity here, and should not be missed when exploring Edna Valley during a wine tasting weekend.

ELEVATION

High480′
Average340′
Low238′

CLIMATE

High72.4°F
Low49.4°F
Rain2.94 in*

*during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Pinot Noir

Syrah

Riesling

Chardonnay

Grenache

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