ABOUT THE CRESTON DISTRICT
The Creston District is one of 11 sub-districts that make up Paso Robles Wine Country (or the Paso Robles American Viticulture Area), and home to some of the driest and hottest growing conditions in the entire AVA.
The district is named for the main town of Creston, which was founded by Calvin Cressy in 1884 on the Rancho Huerhuero Mexican Land Grant. Historically known for ranching and agriculture, grapes also grew well in the region and ultimately resulted in several vineyards and wineries calling the Creston District home.
Located on the easterly plains of the Paso Robles AVA, the district overlaps with the city of Creston itself at the base of the La Panza Range. Although the district sits in the eastern-most part of the AVA, the cool ocean breezes and marine fog make their way here by way of the Templeton Gap, and most vineyards are planted on west and southwest slopes to take advantage of this cooler weather.
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!