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The Geneseo District is one of the 11 sub-districts that make up the Paso Robles AVA. Established in 2014, the Geneseo District is located in the heart of Paso Robles’ wine country, just east of the Paso Robles city limits.

The district was originally named for the vast number of German settlers who came to Paso Robles from Geneseo, IL in the 1880’s.

These settlers came out west in search of better farmland and a better life for their families, and many laid roots in the community still visible today. 

These days there are over 200 wineries in the larger Paso Robles AVA, and endless ways to experience the world class wines being crafted every day here on California’s Central Coast. To help you plan your next outing we’ve curated a list of all the vineyard tasting rooms in the Geneseo District where you can enjoy and explore the amazing varietals coming out of the region.


WINE TASTING IN GENESEO

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.

The Geneseo District may not be the largest in terms of square miles, but the wineries here are the perfect representation of the quintessential Paso Robles wine tasting experience.

Located in the heart of the larger Paso Robles AVA, locals and visitors get to experience the hot days and cool nights the region is known for, all while taking in the breathtaking views of the district from the vineyard tasting rooms.

Learn more about the vineyards that we’ve discovered so far that open to the public for wine tasting and events, and how you can experience a piece of Paso Robles’s Wine Country.

If you can’t make it to the vineyards check out Paso Robles’ Food & Drink Page to see the wine bars, more tasting rooms, and restaurants that feature Geneseo District wines!


FEATURED WINERIES


VINEYARD TASTING ROOMS

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ARCIERO VINEYARDS

ADDRESS

5011 CA-46
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 238-3094

TASTING ROOM

Tasting Room Open Daily
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TASTING FEE

RESERVATIONS

(805) 238-3094

Learn More About Arciero Vineyards


ARNDT CELLARS

ADDRESS

4295 Union Rd B
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 400-5147

TASTING ROOM

Open Friday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

Learn More About Arndt Cellars


BARR ESTATE WINERY

ADDRESS

6950 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 835-7653

TASTING ROOM

Friday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$10

RESERVATIONS

(805) 835-7653

Learn More About Barr Estate Winery


BIANCHI WINERY

ADDRESS

3380 Branch Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 226-9922

TASTING ROOM

Thursday – Monday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$15

RESERVATIONS

(805) 226-9922

Learn More About Bianchi Winery


CASS WINERY

ADDRESS

7350 Linne Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 239-1730

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TASTING FEE

$15

RESERVATIONS

(805) 239-1730

Learn More About Cass Winery


EBERLE WINERY

ADDRESS

3810 CA-46
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 238-9607

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$10

Learn More About Eberle Winery


ERNEST HEMINGWAY WINERY & VINEYARDS

ADDRESS

1340 Penman Springs Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 296-5466

TASTING ROOM

Open Thursday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

TASTING FEE

$15

RESERVATIONS

(805) 296-5455

Learn More About Ernest Hemingway Vineyards


GELFAND VINEYARDS

ADDRESS

5530 Dresser Ranch Pl
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 239-5808

TASTING ROOM

Open for Private Tastings by Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

RESERVATIONS

(805) 239-5808

len@gelfandvineyards.com

Learn More About Gelfand Vineyards


GLUNZ FAMILY WINERY & CELLARS

ADDRESS

8331 CA-46
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 238-1400

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$10

RESERVATIONS

(805) 238-1400

tastingroom@gfwc.com

Learn More About Glunz Family Winery & Cellars


MITCHELLA VINEYARD & WINERY

ADDRESS

2525 Mitchell Ranch Way
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 239-8555

TASTING ROOM

Thursday – Monday
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$15

RESERVATIONS

(805) 239-8555

https://www.mitchella.com/group-visits/

Learn More About Mitchella Vineyard & Winery


PARIS VALLEY ROAD ESTATE WINERY

ADDRESS

5625 Highway 46 E
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 727-9463

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TASTING FEE

$20

RESERVATIONS

(805) 727-9463

info@parisvalleyroad.com

Learn More About Paris Valley Road Estate Winery


PEAR VALLEY

ADDRESS

4900 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 237-2861

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$20

RESERVATIONS

(805) 237-2861

info@pearvalley.com

Learn More about Pear Valley


PENMAN SPRINGS VINEYARD

ADDRESS

1985 Penman Springs Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 237-7959

TASTING ROOM

Thursday – Sunday
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$10

RESERVATIONS

(805) 237-7959

penmansprings@gmail.com

Learn More About Penman Springs Vineyard


RAILS NAP

ADDRESS

5725 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 226-7475

TASTING ROOM

Saturday & Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

RESERVATIONS

(805) 226-7475

info@railsnap.com

Learn More About Rails Nap


RASMUSSUME VINEYARDS & WINERY

ADDRESS

100 Harvest Ridge Way
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 423-0169

TASTING ROOM

Saturday & Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

RESERVATIONS

(805) 423-0169

wendy@rasmussenvineyards.com

Learn More About Rasmussen Vineyards & Winery


RIO SECO VINEYARD

ADDRESS

4295 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 237-8884

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

RESERVATIONS

(805) 237-8884

Learn More About Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery


ROBERT HALL WINERY

ADDRESS

3443 Mill Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 239-1616

TASTING ROOM

Open Thursday – Sunday
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$15

RESERVATIONS

(805) 239-1616

info@roberthallwinery.com

Learn More About Robert Hall Winery


ROCKIN’ R WINERY

ADDRESS

8500 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 835-8529

TASTING ROOM

Saturday & Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

RESERVATIONS

(805) 835-8529

TastingRoom@rockinRwinery.com

Learn More About Rockin’ R Winery


STEINBECK VINEYARDS

ADDRESS

5940 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 238-1854

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$10

RESERVATIONS

(805) 238-1854

cindy@steinbeckwines.com

Learn More About Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery


TOBIN JAMES CELLARS

ADDRESS

8950 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 239-2204

TASTING ROOM

Open Daily
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$20

RESERVATIONS

(805) 239-2204

info@tobinjames.com

Learn More About Tobin James Cellars


VINA ROBLES VINEYARDS & WINERY

ADDRESS

3700 Mill Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

PHONE

(805) 227-4812

TASTING ROOM

Wednesday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

TASTING FEE

$15

Learn More About Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery


TERROIR PROFILE

The Geneseo District is located in the heart of the Paso Robles AVA, only six miles east of the city of Paso Robles itself. The northern border of the district sits along Highway 46 E, with the rest of the district defined by the hillsides and ancient waterways.  The vast majority of wineries are located along Highway 46 and Union Road, but there are also several long Linne Road in the southern half that should not be missed!

The topography of the Geneseo District is very hilly because of the old waterways that flowed through the area, and sees an approximately four-hundred foot change in elevation from its lowest vineyards to the highest peaks (the lowest point of elevation is 675’ with the highest point in the district at 1,163’).

This hilly topography also provides the district with a lot of rain (averaging 14 inches per year, 2 inches in the growing season), but sees major differences in the soil depending on the elevation: vineyards in the higher elevations see soil defined by alluvial terraces containing silt and clay loam, while those along the lower elevations (near the Huerhuero Creek) are much more sandy. 

Given the district’s proximity to Paso Robles (and location in northern SLO County), the Geneseo District experiences the same hot summers and mild winters as the rest of the Paso Robles AVA.

However, given the elevation of the district, some of its highest slopes pull cool air from the surrounding districts (and even some cool marine air travels through the neighboring Templeton Gap) bringing the temperatures at night down significantly.

The similarities in climate and geography to the Paso Robles AVA allow the Geneseo District to also produce world class red wines, specifically Pinot Noir and Syrah varietals. However, the cooler temperatures also allow the district to produce white wines (like Chardonnay and Riesling) that should not be missed!  

TOPOGRAPHY

High1163′
Average934′
Low765′

CLIMATE

High84.8°F
Low48.4°F
Rain2″

during growing season

POPULAR VARIETALS

Pinot Noir

Chardonnay

Zinfandel

Syrah

Riesling


ABOUT THE PASO ROBLES AVA

Paso Robles’s AVA was established in 1983, and at the time encompassed approximately 614,000 acres across the cities of Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel Creston, Shandon, and Santa Margarita in northern SLO County.

At almost three times the size of Napa Valley’s AVA, Paso Robles remained the largest single AVA in California until 2014 when 11 sub-districts were established. Although the larger boundary did not change, these new districts provided a more nuanced understanding of the growing regions within the Paso Robles AVA, and the wines that could be successfully crafted.

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!

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