Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of idyllic Central California midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is California’s fastest growing wine region and its largest geographic appellation. In the mid 1990’s, Paso Robles was home to 35 wineries and 13,000 acres of grapes. Today there are more than 200 wineries, many are small boutique producers dotting the countryside amongst Paso Robles’ 26,000 vineyard acres.
Although the region is largely known for its stellar Rhone varietals, there are more than 40 wine grape varietals and blends are produced – from
Spanish to Italian to Bordeaux and Rhône, including the area’s heritage variety Zinfandel. This vast area boasts six different wine regions, each with their own distinct microclimate and terroir including the Back Roads Wineries, Far Out Wineries, Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, Downtown Wineries, 46 East Wineries and 46 West Wineries.
Wine lovers can visit a large variety of tasting rooms, many of which offer picnic areas and specialty winemaker dinners. Convenient transportation includes the Wine Line, a continuous hop-on, hop-off series of BioDiesel vans that run throughout the wine region, and Wine Wrangler offers a wide variety of wine country tours. For those who desire a hands-on approach to wine, First Crush offers wine making and blending classes. Or, book one of Steinbeck Vineyards’ educational “Crash Courses” to learn about the history of the Paso Robles wine region, sustainable wine growing and more.
By Travel Paso Robles
Recently named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Paso Robles, California is located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101 and is roughly a 20 minute drive inland from the Pacific Ocean. This small farming town boasts 250+ wineries, a charming historic downtown and town square, comfortable hotel accommodations, farm-to-table dining, art galleries, shopping, hot mineral springs and friendly locals. For more information about Paso Robles, CA visit www.TravelPaso.com.
Photo Credit: DAOU Vineyards & Winery