While Sonoma and Napa Valley may be considered a top wine-tasting destination and have more big-name wineries, there are plenty of incredible wineries in Paso Robles worth exploring this spring. In fact, Paso Robles wine country is a true wine lover's paradise, especially for those who are looking for something a bit more authentic.
Paso Robles is located on the central coast of California, almost equidistant between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Paso Robles has a bit of a reputation as being the Wild, Wild West of California's wine country, and is known as the land of "Cowboys and Wine." Though Paso Robles is certainly a spectacular destination for wine enthusiasts, there's so much more to love about the area than what's in your glass.
The town of Paso Robles itself offers plenty of historic California charm, beautiful scenery, and plenty of delicious restaurants to complement the exquisite wines found here. Overall, there are more than 200 wineries in Paso Robles, and the area just continues to grow. For an unpretentious and delicious spring getaway, it's time you discover some of the best wineries in Paso Robles, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular wine tasting regions in the state of California!
As with all distinct wine tasting regions, the range of wineries in Paso Robles offers wine connoisseurs something unique. It's been said by a number of people and organizations that Paso Robles resembles what Napa or Sonoma was like in the '70s - in other words, a far less pretentious and more laid-back wine and food-loving destination that offers some of the best wine tasting experiences in the country right now.
There's a lot that goes into making wineries in Paso Robles such an appealing destination, of course, but it starts with the land itself. Paso Robles is actually the biggest AVA in California, but it is quite distinct in its characteristics. Unlike the generally warm and steady weather seen in most of California's wine-growing regions, in Paso Robles, you'll find that the average daytime temperature fluctuates more than any other California appellation.
The microclimate that results from these fluctuations affords the area optimal growing conditions for the wineries in Paso Robles. In fact, there are more than 40 wine grape varieties that are grown in the area, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, and of course, Zinfandel, the area's heritage wine varietal.
There are plenty of well-known wineries in Paso Robles, but also plenty of lesser-known up-and-comers in the wine industry. Any great wine-tasting journey should include as diverse and representative a sample as possible! We've tried to choose 15 of the best wineries in Paso Robles in our list below, in hopes of doing just that.
Most wineries in Paso Robles are open for wine tastings, though they are taking place outdoors and crowds can be limited. Some are open by appointment only, so make sure you review each winery's individual COVID-19 policies first before visiting.
Still looking for more great wineries in Paso Robles? Other great wine tastings to look into in the Paso Robles area include Field Recordings, Hearst Ranch Winery, Peachy Canyon, Summerwood Winery, Turley Wine Cellars, and Wild Horse Winery.
Though the wineries of Paso Robles are diverse and the surrounding wine country offers plenty of places to stay, there's only one Select Registry property in the Paso Robles area. There are a number of other Select Registry properties in California, though, which means you can easily plan a road trip from one extraordinary wine region to the next this spring!
Perhaps start your journey in sunny Los Angeles. From there, you could head east into the desert to visit the mid-century modern mecca of Palm Springs, which isn't too far away from the burgeoning Temecula wine region.
When you've had your fill of these incredible wineries in Paso Robles, continue your journey north for some wine tasting in the historic Napa Valley, where there is another wonderful Select Registry properties at which to stay.
Embrace the elegance at The Churchill Manor. Historic downtown Napa and all of the exquisite wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and shopping, are just a block away from this Inn.
Each of the 10 beautiful guest rooms features beautifully old-world craftsmanship and modern amenities. You'll feel pampered from the moment you arrive. Add to the sumptuous accommodations a gourmet 3-course breakfasts and specialty wines and appetizers each afternoon, and you have the recipe for an exquisite wine country getaway.
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