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Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles Wine Country is a wine lovers dream.

At approximately 614,000 acres, the wine region is home to over 200 wineries, many with tasting rooms on their properties for you to enjoy and explore their latest varietals, all crafted here on California’s Central Coast.


Officially known as the Paso Robles American Viticulture Area (or AVA), the region was established in 1983, and is by far the largest of the four official AVAs in SLO County. By comparison, the Paso Robles AVA is almost three times the size of Napa Valley’s AVA, spanning from San Miguel in the north to Santa Margarita in the south, and from Shandon in the east to the Santa Lucia Mountains in the west.

The Paso Robles AVA was the largest singe AVA in California until 2014, when plans were approved to divide the region into 11 sub-districts:

Each district within Paso Robles’s wine country has their own unique terroir profile, which allows the region to produce and craft over 40 varietals from Zinfandel, Viognier, Roussanne, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Learn more about the sub-districts that make up the Paso Robles AVA below, and find the tasting rooms you can visit for the perfect wine tasting weekend in Paso Robles Wine Country.


WINE TASTING IN PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY

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 over 200 wineries in the Paso Robles’ Wine Country, and the vast majority have tasting rooms on their property that are open to the public.

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

If you can’t make it to the vineyards for wine tasting, make sure to check out Paso Roble’s Food & Drink Page to find the wine bars, tasting rooms, and restaurants that feature the wines of Paso Robles Wine Country!

Featured Wineries:

B&E Vineyard
10000 Creston Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Chateau Margene Estate Vineyard & Winery
4385 La Panza Rd
Creston, CA 93432
STANGER
5225 CA-41, Paso Robles, CA 93446


Geneseo District

Arciero Vineyards
Arndt Cellars
Barr Estate Winery
Bianchi Winery
Cass Winery
Eberle Winery
Ernest Hemingway
Gelfand Vineyards
Glunz Family Winery
Mitchella Vineyard
Paris Valley Road
Pear Valley
Penman Springs Vineyard
Rails Nap
Rasmussen Vineyards

Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery
Robert Hall Winery
Rockin’ R Winery
Steinbeck Vineyards
Tobin James Cellars
Vina Robles Vineyards

Featured Wineries:

Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery
3700 Mill Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Tobin James Cellars
8950 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Cass Winery
7350 Linne Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Ernest Hemingway
1340 Penman Springs Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446



TERROIR PROFILE

The Paso Robles AVA is only separated from the Pacific Ocean by a single mountain range, but it is those mountains that define the climate for the region.

The Santa Lucia Mountains not only protect the vineyards in Paso Robles’ Wine Country against major coastal weather fluctuations, they also allows cool air to flow through the gaps between its hills.

Although all of the vineyards in Paso’s Wine Country experience warm days and cool nights, the various districts see differences in highs and lows (and rainfall) given their geographic location within in the AVA.

The Santa Margarita Ranch District, for example, sees an average of 3.74″ of rain per year, and highs in the low 80s during their growing season. The Highlands District, by contrast, only sees 1.89″ of rain during their growing season, and highs easily in the high 80s to low 90s.

Below is a simple terroir snapshot for the entire Paso Robles AVA, but make sure to visit the individual districts to learn more about the nuances of Paso Robles Wine Country, and how to visit the wineries so you can taste and explore the differences for yourself.

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)

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