For wine drinkers, Paso Robles’ wine country has grown into a household name.
With a friendly, laid-back environment, affordable tastings, and optimal conditions, Paso makes for the perfect weekend getaway.
Location, location, location
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and California’s central coast mountains, Paso Robles’ hot days and cool nights create an ideal spot for a broad range of wine varietals. Mineral-rich soils coupled with drought-stricken terrain have pushed many wineries to adopt sustainable farming techniques. The result? Varietally-expressive wines that let the grapes speak for themselves. But don’t take my word for it, taste for yourself! Here are a few recommendations for your next, or first, visit:
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Found at the edge of Western Paso Robles, Tablas Creek Vineyard boasts favorable climates and chalky limestone soils. With a passion for Rhône varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, Tablas produces a unique combination of rare single varietals alongside blends you will crave. Dry-farmed and biodynamic, don’t forget to check out the resident sheep, alpacas, and donkeys busy in the vines.
Local Tip: While walk-in tastings are welcome, make a reservation ahead of time to take a tour. Without one, you may miss the chance to experience Tablas’ cellar and organic vineyard!
Adelaida Vineyards & Winery
Just up the road from Tablas Creek Vineyard, Adelaida’s high elevation vineyards bring microclimates that consistently add character to their wines. An older winery with a fresh outlook on winemaking techniques, you can enjoy everything from old vine Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to a refreshingly crisp Rhône-style Rosé. Enjoy their wines while lounging in their luxe new tasting room.
Local Tip: Request a hilltop tasting—it sits on the highest elevation in Paso! #selfie
With a high-quality, hands-off approach to winemaking, Lone Madrone’s wines show depth, complexity, and innovation. Fruit is hand picked from some of Paso’s most prestigious vineyards, making their red blends a must-try for any experienced taster. Grab a glass, relax, and enjoy a round of corn hole!
Local Tip: Take a break from wine and ask about their cider.
DAOU Vineyards & Winery
If you’re looking for bigger, bolder wines, DAOU Vineyards is the spot for you. Setting out to be “the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties”, DAOU is on track to prove preeminent Bordeaux wines can be made in Paso Robles. Atop DAOU Mountain, enjoy the stunning Paso Robles views from the equally stunning tasting room, or soak up the sun out on the lawn.
Local Tip: Head out around sunset for arguably the best panoramic view in Paso.
Take Paso with you!
Memories of your idyllic trip to Paso Robles may fade sooner than you’d like. Hold onto the experience by taking your favorite wine home with you. Paso Pro Tip: Before you purchase, make sure you have enough room in your car to fit the rest of your luggage—a case of wine isn’t as compact as it may seem! Flying? We can help. The VinGardeValise® from FlyWithWine is the first suitcase designed exclusively for safely transporting wine.
With a full case capacity, the VinGardeValise® makes it easy to travel with wine anywhere you go. Not only can unused space be used to hold your personal belongings, but the outer shell is durable enough to keep your wine safe trip after trip. Traveling with wine can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn More about flying with wine.