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Santa Cruz Wineries – The Ultimate Guide

Santa CruzSanta Cruz wineries arelocated in the town of Santa Cruz, in the Santa Cruz mountains, as well as those in neighboring towns. As you explore the best wineries, you will love the scenery and find that there are many exciting things to do in the area. Located close to the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz enjoys a cool growing season. Foggy summer days means that grapes ripen in cooler temperatures. This allows the grapes to remain on the vines longer. The longer growing season results in grapes with more complexity and allows for the production of distinctive wines. Santa Cruz is the place to enjoy small, family-owned facilities focused on creating the finest wines possible. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz wine tasting means fine wines, friendly tasting rooms, and miles of beautiful ocean. Visit one of the last seaside amusement park left.  Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is located on a sandy beach, and features thrilling and classic rides, minature golf, video arcades, food, bowling, and live entertainment.
 

 

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Map of Wineries in Santa Cruz
   
Ahlgren Vineyard 20320 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 (831) 338-6071 Open Saturdays for Central Coast wine tasting Noon – 4 PM
Alexander CellarsAlexander Cellars/Sarticious Spirits Address: 427 A Swift St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Telephone: (831) 471-9090 Open Fri.-Sun. Noon – 5 PM for Central Coast wine tasting This is a small winery and distillery.

Aptos Creek Address: 520 Nisene Meadows Ct., Aptos Telephone: (831) 636-7311 Open for tasting by appointment.
Armida Winery Address: 103 Stockton Ave., Capitola Telephone: (831) 462-1065 Open Wed.-Sat. 11AM – 7 PM Armida produces a variety of wines. They’re probably best known for their Poizin-the wine to die for! It is available with a coffin-shaped box.
Bargetto Winery Address: 3535 N. Main Street, Soquel, CA 95073 Telephone: (831)475-2258 This Central Coast wine tasting room is in a lovely setting overlooking Soquel Creek. Bargetto Winery specializes in Italian varietals and dessert wines. They have a second wine tasting room on Cannery Row in Monterey.
Beauregard Vineyards Santa Cruz WharfBeauregard Vineyards Address: 10 Pine Flat Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Telephone: (831) 458-9463 This small Santa Cruz winery is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains…..most easily accessible by taking Bonny Doon Rd. from Hwy. 1 between Davenport and Santa Cruz. The tasting room reminds us of a mountain lodge. It’s a large tasting room and gift shop. We loved all their wines especially the Zinfandel, which is spicy and jammy with 17.5% alcohol.
Big Basin Address: 14598 Big Basin Way, Saratoga Telephone: (408) 564-7346 Fri.-Sat. 11AM – 7PM; Mon.-Thurs. 11AM – 5PM
Black Ridge VineyardsBlack Ridge Vineyards Address: 18550 Black Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 Telephone: (408) 399-6396 Open: The 3rd weekend of each month and by private appointment. Black Ridge Vineyards, a new vineyard and winery, is located 5 minutes south of downtown Los Gatos and overlooks the Lexington Reservoir and 22 acres of vines. Black Ridge produces limited production lots of 100% estate-grown wines. They specialize in award-winning Viognier, Pinot Noir, and a Bordeaux blend, San Andreas Red. Black Ridge Vineyards is quickly becoming a local favorite.
Bonny Doon Vineyard Address: 450 Highway 1, Davenport Telephone: (831) 471-8031 Open daily for California Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM *Restaurant The tasting room of Bonny Doon has many wines to taste including a large number that are only available at the tasting room. Two that we especially enjoyed that you can only get at the tasting room were the Sauvignon Blanc and the Barbera d’Asti. If you like dessert wines, they have a good selection….including the Framboise “Infusion of Raspberry”, which won a Gold Medal at the SF Chronicle Tasting. This highly rated wine has sensational berry flavors.
Bruzzone Address: 433 Sunridge Dr., Scotts Valley Telephone: (831) 438-3120 Open for tasting by appointment
Burrell School Vineyards Address: 24060 Summit Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95033 Telephone: (408) 353-6290 Open Weekends for California Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM This Santa Cruz winery is located at the historic 1890 Burrell School House.
Byington WineryByington Winery & Vineyard Address: 21850 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95033 Telephone: (408) 354-1111 *Bocce *Weddings *Scenic View Open daily for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM Byington has a fantastic Grand Chateau wine tasting room and beautiful grounds. On clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean in the background. They have a picnic area and bocce ball to experience as well. While visiting Santa Cruz wineries, you really must plan a stop at Byington Winery.
Cinnabar Vineyards & WineryCinnabar Vineyards & Winery Address: 14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 Telephone: (408) 741-5858 Open 11 AM – 5 PM on weekdays and 11 AM – 8 PM on weekends.

Clos Tita Address: 4 Kendall Lane, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 439-9235 Open for tasting by appointment only.
Cooper-Garrod Vineyards Address: 22645 Garrod Rd., Saratoga, CA 95070 Telephone: (408) 867-7116 Open Weekends for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM; Weekdays Noon – 5 PM This Santa Cruz winery was established in 1972.
Copious Winery Address: 427 Swift Street A, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 425-WINE Open weekends noon-6PM and Fri. noon-5PM
David Bruce WineryDavid Bruce Winery Address: 21439 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95033 Telephone: (408) 395-5478 Open Weekends for Central Coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM; Weekdays Noon – 5 PM David Bruce Winery makes great Pinot Noir in addition to other fine wines. The tasting room is nice and the staff is extremely friendly. The gentleman helping us went into a backroom and printed us maps to several Santa Cruz wineries we were visiting later in the day.
Domenico Wines Address: 1681-1697 Industrial Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070 Telephone: (650) 593-2335 Open daily noon – 5 PM.
Equinox Champagne Cellar Address: 427-C Swift St., Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 338-2646 Open Fri.-Sun. Noon-5PM
Hallcrest WineryHallcrest Vineyards Address: 379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton, CA 95018 Telephone: (831) 335-4441 Open daily for Central Coast wine tasting Noon – 5 PM Hallcrest Vineyards has a large variety of wines to taste.

Heart o’ the Mountain Address: 5610 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley Telephone: (831) 345-6133 Open by appointment only.
Hillcrest Terrace Address: 4298 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 426-1500 Open Weekends noon – 5PM
Hunter Hill WinesHunter Hill Vineyard & Winery Address: 7099 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA 95073 Telephone: (831) 465-9294 Open Weekends 11 AM – 4 PM

La Nebbia Winery Address: 12341 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Telephone: (650) 726-9463 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM. *Bocce
Mountain WineryThe Mountain Winery Address: 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga, CA 95070 Telephone: (408) 741-2822 *Summer Concerts Known for its wines and for its winery concerts. This is one of the very best venues for concerts. Great view of the Silicon Valley.

Michaud/Martella Address: 14598 Big Basin Way, Saratoga Telephone: (408) 647-2579 Open Fri.-Sat. Noon-8PM; Sun. & Thurs. Noon-6PM
MJA Vineyards Address: 328A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 421-9380 Open daily noon-8 MJA has a second tasting room in Los Gato at 24900 Highland Way.
Muccigrosso Address: 21450 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos Telephone: (408) 354-0821 Open by appointment only.
Natal Vineyard Address: 1310 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076 Telephone: (831) 750-0271 Open Saturdays 11 AM – 4 PM
Nicholson Vineyards Address: 2800 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos Telephone: (831) 724-7071 Open Saturdays noon-4PM
Obester Wine Works Address: 12341 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Telephone: (650) 726-9463 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM
Odonata Address: 334A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 566-5147 Open first Saturday of each month noon-5PM
Organic Wine Works Address: 379 Felton Empire Rd., Felton, CA 95018 Telephone: (800) OWW-WINE Open daily Noon – 5 PM Their wines are organically grown and processed.
Osocalis Distillery Address: 5579 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel Telephone: (831) 477-1718 Open by appointment only.
P & M Staiger Vineyard Address: 1300 Hopkins Gulch Rd., Boulder Creek Telephone: (831) 338-0172 Open by appointment only.
Pelican Ranch WineryPelican Ranch Winery Address: 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, CA 950060 Telephone: (831) 426-6911 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This is a small winery owned by a professor at UC Santa Cruz. The tasting room is located in downtown Santa Cruz. Our favorites are the Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills. It had lots of berry flavors, very well balanced. Yummy! We also enjoyed the red wine blend called Spectrum Rouge. It is unusual because it includes 14% Chardonnay along with 43% Zinfandel and 43% Syrah. Plan a visit next time you are wine tasting at Santa Cruz wineries.
Pichetti WineryPicchetti Winery Address: 13100 Montebello Rd., Cuppertino, CA 95014 Telephone: (408) 741-1310 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM Their tasting room at South Lake Tahoe has recently closed.

Pinder Winery Address: 165 Cristich Ln., Campbell, CA 95008 Telephone: (877) 684-2601 Open Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM Pinder is a small, family owned winery.
Pleasant Valley Address: 600 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos Telephone: (831) 728-2826 Open April-October on Saturdays noon-4 and by appointment.
Poetic Cellars Address: 5000 Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel Telephone: (831) 462-3478 Open Fri.-Sun. noon-5PM
Regale Winery Address: 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos Telephone: (408) 353-2500 Open Fri. 2PM-6PM; Weekends noon-5PM
Ridge Vineyards Address: 17100 Montevello Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014 Telephone: (408) 867-3233 Open Weekends 11 AM – 4 PM Ridge Vineyards is known for its exceptional Zinfandels. If you love Zins, you really must stop and taste while visiting Santa Cruz wineries.
Roudon-Smith Winery Address: 2364 Bean Creek Rd., Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Telephone: (831) 438-1244 Open Saturdays 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Address: 334A Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 426-6209 Open Wed.-Sun. noon-5PM      
Sarah’s Vineyard Address: 4005 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA 95020 Telephone: (408) 842-4278 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM.
Savannah ChannelSavannah-Chanelle Vineyards Address: 23600 Congress Springs Rd., Saratoga, CA 95070 Telephone: (408) 741-2934 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This small family owned and operated winery specializes in Pinot Noir but also produces Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Chardonnay. It’s one of the San Cruz wineries you should stop and taste at.
Silver Mountain Address: 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 466-0559 Open Thurs.-Sun. Noon-5
Sones Cellars Sones Cellars Address: 334B Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 420-1552 Open Fri.-Sun. noon-5PM      
Soquel VineyardsSoquel Vineyards Address: 8063 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA 95073 Telephone: (831) 462-9045 Open Saturdays 11 AM – 4 PM This Santa Cruz winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Storrs Winery Santa Cruz WineryStorrs Winery Address: 303 Potrero St., No. 35, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Telephone: (831) 458-5030 Open daily Noon – 5 PM We loved all their wines. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Storrs is located in downtown Santa Cruz. It’s one of our favorite Santa Cruz wineries.

Testarossa VineyardsTestarossa Vineyards Address: 300-A College Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030 Telephone: (408) 354-6150 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM *Weddings This Santa Cruz winery has its tasting room in the historic Novitiate Winery originally built in 1888. You enter through a long narrow stone room known as the “cave”. It’s a popular site for weddings. We found all the wines at this winery were good. A recommended stop while touring Santa Cruz wineries.
Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Address: 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, CA 94062 Telephone: (650) 851-6777 Open Thurs.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM This Santa Cruz winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gewurztraminer.


Trout Gulch Address: 427 Swift Street, Su. C, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831)471-2705 Open by appointment only
Villa del Monte Winery Address: 23076 Summit Rd., Los Gatos Telephone: (888) 788-4583 Open by appointment only.
Vinocruz Address: 725 Front Street #101, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 426-8466 Open Fri.-Sat. 11AM – 8PM; Sun. noon-6PM; Mon.-Thurs. 11AM – 7PM
Vino Prima Address: 55 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 426-0750 Open daily at noon.
Vino Tabi Vino Tabi Address: 334C Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz Telephone: (831) 426-1809 Opens every day at noon. Closed Mondays.    
Wrights Station Address: 24250 Loma Prieta Ave., Los Gatos Telephone: (408) 560-9343 Open Fri.-Sun. noon-5PM
Zayante Vineyards Address: 420 Old Mount Rd., Felton Telephone: (831) 335-7992 Open by appointment.

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Santa Barbara Wineries – Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Wineries Taste wine at the best Santa Barbara wineries. Santa Barbara is known for its world class wines. Plan a tour today in this stunning California wine region. Most wineries are small, family run businesses. Santa Barbara is probably most known for its top quality Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. However, many other varietals are produced here. You will find excellent wines of every varietal as you tour Santa Barbara wineries.
Santa Barbara Wineries Santa Barbara County captured the attention of the country as a wine country destination when the movie, “Sideways” was released. Much of the movie was filmed on location in Santa Barbara County. The movie, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for best picture, sparked an interest in wine tasting in general; and in Santa Barbara wines in particular. Tourists have been flocking to taste the wines and visit the locations where the movie was shot.
 

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Map for Wineries in Santa Barbara
 
Alexander & Wayne Winery, solvang wineryAlexander & Wayne Address: 2923 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA Telephone: (805) 688-9665 Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM These wines are sold almost exclusively directly to the customer. This is a small Central Coast winery producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Solvang Winery, Arthur EarlArthur Earl Address: 2921 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA Telephone: (805) 693-1771 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 6 PM This is a small production winery that specializes in Viognier, Syrah, Nebbiolo, and Zinfandel.

Ariste Winery & Tasting Studio Address: 3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM This winery features blends with beautiful labels displaying impressionist art.
Au Bon Climat Address: 1672 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA Telephone: (805) 688-7111 Open daily Au Bon specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You can sample Au Bon Climat wines in downtown Solvang at “Tastes of the Valleys”.
Babcock WineryBabcock Winery & Vineyard Address: 5175 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc, CA 93436 Telephone: (805) 736-1455 Open Fri.-Sun. 10:30 AM – 4 PM; Mon. Noon – 4 PM Bryan Babcock has been producing wines since 1984. He has been named one of the “Top Ten Small Production Wine Makers of the World” by the James Beard Foundation. His wines include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Bordeaux blend called Fathom. Definitely stop at Babcock while wine tasting at Santa Barbara wineries!
Beckmen Vineyards 2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93441 (805) 688-8664 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM Steve enjoyed their Purisima Mountain Syrah that had a hint of coffee. We both loved their 2000 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah. It was smooth and well balanced with flavors of berries, black pepper, and mocha.
Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard Address: 448 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440 Telephone: (805) 344-2107 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM This California winery produces the following wines Pinot Gris, Mourvedre, Syrah, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, and Cabernet Franc.
Bernat Vineyards & Winery 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA (805) 688-7265 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 8 PM This is a small family owned winery.
Blackjack Ranch WineryBlackjack Ranch Address: 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 686-9922 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM This was one of the Santa Barbara wineries shown in the movie “Sideways”. It’s where Miles and Jack enjoyed the Blackjack Ranch Maximus Syrah. It has a strong aroma of blackberries and smoke, is complex, balanced and “yummy”. We also enjoyed their Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah called Allusion.
Brander Vineyard 154 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 688-2455 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM This winery has been producing wine since 1977. The focus at Brander Vineyard is Sauvignon Blanc and red Bordeaux varietals.
Bridlewood Winery 3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, CA (805) 688-9000 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 10 AM – 5 PM This is a beautifully landscaped Mission style winery estate. Bridelwood produces Syrah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a blend called Arabesque. As you tour Santa Barbara wineries, make this winery a “must stop”.
Brophy Clark Cellars 2905 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA (805) 929-4830 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 6 PM The husband and wife team of John and Kelley Clark produce fine handcrafted wines. The wines include: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, CA 83463 (805) 688-3032 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM Wines include: Merlot, Syrah Rose, Syrah, Marsanne, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Hawk Red.
Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery 5475 Chardonnay, Santa Maria, CA (805) 938-7318 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM The flagship wines from Cambria are Katherine’s Chardonnay, Julia’s Pinot Noir, and Tepusquet Syrah. These three wines account for 90% of their production. Definitely stop at Cambria Estate while wine tasting at Santa Barbara wineries.
Carina Cellars, TensleyCarina Cellars Address: 2900 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 688-2459 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This winery produces wines from high quality grapes purchased from area growers. Wines include Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and various blends.

Carr Vineyards & WineryCarr Vineyards & Winery Address: 414 N. Salsipuedes St., Santa Barbara, CA Telephone: (805)965-7985 Open daily 11AM – 6PM; Thurs.-Sat. 11AM – 8PM Enjoy wines by the glass or flights. Wine on tap at this downtown Santa Barbara winery.

Chimere Winery Address: 425 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440 Telephone: (805) 735-2196 Open Weekends for central coast wine tasting Noon – 5 PM This winery produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Port, and Orange Muscat. The winery was established in 1989.
Consilence Address: 2933 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 691-1020 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM Producing handcrafted wines since 1997, their wines include Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Grenache.
Cottonwood Canyon Vineyards & Winery 3940 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 937-8463 Open daily 10 AM – 5:30 This is a small winery specializing in Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Curtis WineryCurtis Winery Address: 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805)686-8999 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM If you taste at this winery, you pay the wine tasting fee and keep the glass. Take the glass down the road to Firestone, where you can then taste for free. Our favorite wine here was the Syrah. It is very smooth with aromas of cherry and plum.
Daniel Gehrs WinesDaniel Gehrs Wines Address: 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (800) 275-8138 Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM This Santa Barbara winery was established in 1990 and focuses on producing small lots of quality wines at reasonable prices. Their wines include Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Their tasting room is inside an historic building in Los Olivos called Heather Cottage.
Epiphany CellarsEpiphany Cellars Address: 2963 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 686-2424 or (877) 354-9463 Open Thurs. – Mon. 1:301 AM – 5:30 PM Wines include Syrah, Grenache Rose, Pinot Gris, Rousanne, and Late Harvest Chardonnay.

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Address: 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 688-1545 or (800) 841-1104 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This is a large, attractive wine tasting room in a scenic location. They have many highly rated wines to taste including Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. As you taste wine at Santa Barbara wineries, plan to stop at Fess Parker.

Firestone Vineyards Firestone Vineyard Address: 500 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 688-3940 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM We enjoyed their Vineyard Select Riesling. It was full of fruit but not too sweet. Other wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Merlot. Gewurztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Foley EstatesFoley Estates Vineyard & Winery Address: 6121 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc, CA 93436 Telephone: (805) 688-8554 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM Enjoy estate wines from the Santa Rita Hills. Foley produces consistently great wines.
Foxen Vineyards Foxen Vineyard Address: 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454 Telephone: (805) 937-4251 Open daily Noon – 4 PM This is another of the Santa Barbara wineries featured in the hit movie, “Sideways”. Wines produced include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sangiovese.
Gainey Vineyard Address: 3950 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 Telephone: (805) 688-0558 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM This Santa Barbara winery specializes in Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Merlot wines.
Hitching PostHitching Post Wines Address: 406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, CA 93427 Telephone: (805) 688-0676 Open daily 4 M – 6 PM This is a restaurant and a popular wine tasting bar. Come see where the movie “Sideways” was filmed. They do produce their own wines including Pinot Noir, Syrah, and blends.
Jaffurs Wine Cellars Address: 819 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Telephone: (805) 962-7003 Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM This is a small family owned Santa Barbara winery that produces limited production wines. Their Rhone varietal wines include Syrah, Grenache, Roussane, and Viognier.
John Kerr Wines Address: 2905 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA Telephone: (805) 688-5337 Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM This small winery specializes in Chardonnay and Syrah.
Kalyra Address: 343 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460 Telephone: (805) 693-8864 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM The Australian owner of this Santa Barbara winery brings some of the wines from Australia. Our favorite was the Barossa Valley Shiraz. Other wines include Roussane/Viognier blend, Chardonnay, Blanc de Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tawny Port, and Orange Muscat. This is one of the Santa Barbara wineries we recommend you be sure to visit.
Kenneth Volk Winery Address: 5230 Tepusquet Rd., Santa Maria, CA Telephone: (805) 938-7896 This Santa Barbara winery focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Kunin WinesKunin Wines Address: 28 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA Telephone: (805) 963-9633 Open daily 11AM – 6PM in downtown Santa Barbara.

Koehler WineryKoehler Winery Address: 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA Telephone: (805) 693-8384 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM This Santa Barbara winery specializes in estate grown wines. These include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and blends. Our favorite was the Sauvignon Blanc Estate.
Lafond Winery Address: 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 Telephone: (805) 688-7921 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM This Santa Barbara winery focuses on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
LincourtLincourt Address: 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 688-8554 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM This Santa Barbara winery specializes in Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Longoria WinesLongoria Wines Address: 2935 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 688-0305 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 4:30: Mon., Wed., Thurs. Noon – 4:30 PM This California winery produces Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Bordeaux-style red blends.

Lucs & Lewellen VineyardsLucas & Lewellen Vineyards Address: 1645 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 686-9336 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 6 PM Wines include Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat. They also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Port, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine tasting room is in downtown Solvang.
Mandolina Mandolina Address: 1665 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 686-5506 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 6 PM These wines are produced by Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards. The focus is on California-Italian varieties. The wine tasting room is in downtown Solvang.
Margerum Wine Company Address: 813 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Telephone: (805) 966-9463 Open for central coast wine tasting weekends 11 AM – 3 PM This Santa Barbara winery specializes in small production, quality wines. The owner does most of the work himself. Wines include Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
McKeon- Phillips Address: 2115 S. Blosser Rd., Santa Maria, CA Telephone: (805) 928-3025 Open for central coast wine tasting daily Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 6 PM Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Port, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. This Santa Barbara winery has been in production since 1982.
Melville WineryMelville Winery Address: 5185 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc, CA 93436 Telephone: (805) 735-5310 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 11 AM – 4 PM This Santa Barbara winery produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. While visiting Santa Barbara wineries, be sure to make a stop at Melville Winery.
Meridian Vineyards Address: 5185 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc, CA 93436 Telephone: (805) 237-6000 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 10 AM – 5 PM Wine tasting at Meridian includes wines that are only available for sale from the winery.
Mosby Winery Address: 9496 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 Telephone: (805)688-2415 Open for central coast wine tasting weekends 10 AM – 5 PM; weekdays 10 AM – 4 PM The wine tasting room is in a charming old carriage house. This Santa Barbara winery focuses on the production of California-Italian wines. These include Pinot Grigio, Cortese, Traminer, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Teroldego, Lagrein, and Primativo.
Oak Savanna Vineyard Address: 2901 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93411 Telephone: (805) 693-9644 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 11 AM – 6 PM This Santa Barbara winery specializes in small productions of fine quality wine. These include Chardonnay, Syrah, and a red blend called One Thousand Hills.
Oreana Winery & MarketplaceOreana Winery & Marketplace Address: 205 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA Telephone: (805) 962-5857 Open daily 11AM – 5PM in downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy live music on the patio while you wine taste or enjoy wine by glass on weekends from 2PM – 5PM.

Presidio Vineyard & Winery Address: 1603 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 693-8585 or (888) 930-9463 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 11 AM – 6 PM The wine tasting room is in downtown Solvang. This Santa Barbara winery focuses on making Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay.
Rancho Sisquoc WineryRancho Sisquoc Winery Address: 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, CA Telephone: (805) 934-4332 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 10 AM – 4 PM Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Sylvanner, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Wines are estate grown at this Santa Barbara winery.
Royal Oaks Winery Address: 1651 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 693-1740 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 10 AM – 5:30 PM This is a boutique winery offering handcrafted wines at reasonable prices. The wine tasting room is in downtown Solvang. Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,, Syrah, and Riesling.
Rusack Vineyards Address: 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 688-1278 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 11 AM – 5 PM Established in 1995 by Geoff and Alison Rusack. You can enjoy a picnic on the deck of this Santa Barbara winery. Taste wine surrounded by scenic views . Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Anacapa, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
Sanford Winery Sanford Winery Address: 7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 Telephone: (805) 688-3300 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 11 AM – 4 PM Established in 1971, this Santa Barbara winery focuses on making excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The handmade adobe winery facility was completed in 2001. The 30 inch thick adobe walls keep the cellar temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees without the use of heating or air conditioning.
Santa Barbara WinerySanta Barbara Winery Address: 202 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Telephone: (805) 963-3633 or (800) 225-3633 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 10 AM – 5 PM This winery is just 2 blocks from the beach and close to the State Street shopping area in Santa Barbara. They produce a large variety of wines including some really nice Late Harvest Dessert Wines. One of the Santa Barbara wineries you really should taste at!
wShoestring Vineyard and Winery Address: 800 E. Hwy. 246, Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 693-8612 Open for central coast wine tasting Friday – Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM; other times by appointment. This Santa Barbara winery concentrates on handcrafted Tuscan varietals, Sangiovese, and Syrah.

Stolpman Vineyards & Winery Address: 1659 Copenhagen Dr. Su. C, Solvang, CA 93463 Telephone: (805) 688-0400 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 11 AM – 5 PM This wine tasting room is in downtown Solvang. Their wines include Syrah, Sangiovese, Nebbilo, and Merlot. They also have a great blend of Syrah and Sangiovese called La Croce.

Summerland Winery Address: 2330 Lillie Ave., Summerland, CA 93067 Telephone: 805) 565-9463 Open Tues.-Thurs. 11 AM – 5 PM; Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 7 PM This Santa Barbara winery specializes in producing great Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rhone varietals. Enjoy their seaside setting while wine tasting here.
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Address: 125 Refugio, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 Telephone: (805) 688-9463 Open for central coast wine tasting daily 10 AM – 4 PM Sunstone Vineyards uses organically grown grapes. They focus on Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Our favorite is their blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Viognier called Rapsodie Du Soleil, which means “music of the sun”. It has intense jammy flavors and vanilla.
Zaca Mesa WineryZaca Mesa Winery Address: 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA Telephone: (805) 688-9339 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 10 AM – 4 PM Zaca Mesa Winery was established in 1972. They produce handcrafted wines including the following: Syrah, Roussane, Viognier, and Chardonnay. We were happy with the outgoing, friendly employees who made the wine tasting here fun!  

Where to Stay While Visiting Santa Barbara Wineries

El Capitan Santa Barbara If you are looking for Wine Country accommodations in Santa Barbara, consider a unique place that offers “luxury camping”. It’s called El Capitan Canyon. We’ve stayed in one of their cabins that sat along a creek. It felt like camping, but included all of the amenities of home.

Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Take a break from wine tasting at Santa Barbara wineries and enjoy some of the other fun things to do in the area. Suggestions include:
Santa Barbara Golf Course

La Cumbre Country Club

  • Go Golfing!! Find fabulous golf courses (both public and private) located in the area.
  • Beer Tasting There are a number of craft breweries in the area. If you enjoy good quality craft beer, check them out.
  • Explore the Santa Barbara Pier The pier is a happening place with many things to do. Fish from the pier. Bike along the beach. Enjoy a meal overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a cruise. Watch the marine life. Shop for souvenirs.

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Paso Robles Wine Tours – Amazing Wineries

Tips for Wine Tasting in Paso Robles

Paso Robles wine tours Paso Robles Wine Tours means diving along rural roads while enjoying a view of rolling hills, vineyards, majestic oak trees, and world class wines. More than 25 different varieties of grapes are grown in the Paso Robles Wine Country so you will have opportunities to taste a wide variety of premium wines. This is one of the fastest growing wine regions. With hundreds of wineries to choose from, planning which wineries to visit can be overwhelming. Our suggestions should help.
Tip #1 – Don’t try to visit every winery.

Select a handful of wineries that you plan to visit in a day. You may have some favorite wineries in mind. If not, browse through the list below to pick a few that interest you.

Tip #2 – Concentrate on a single area of the Paso Robles Wine Country.

Paso Robles covers a large area. It will be easy to visit all of the wineries in one area one one day and other areas on subsequent days. If you don’t have multiple days to taste wine this time around, focus on one area in the morning and a different area after lunch. The Paso Robles American Viticultural Areas (also called an AVA) has been divided into 11 sub-AVAs based on the unique climate, soil, terrain of each area.

 

Wineries are listed below by their AVA. This will make it easier to visit wineries that are located in the same geographic area. Avoid wasting time driving back and forth from one area and then back again later. Use this Map of Paso Robles Sub Appellations to plan you Wine Tasting Trip.

Tip #3 – Be spontaneous.
Your favorite winery of the day may turn out to be the one that happened to catch your attention as drove by.  
 
 

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Adelaide District

The Adelaide AVA lies in the northwest portion of the Paso Robles Wine Country. Rainfall is 25 inches a year. It lies in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. Not far from the Pacific Ocean, there is a marine influence. The soil is rich with limestone.
Adelaida CellarsAdelaida Cellars Address: 5805 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-8980 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery specializes in estate grown Pinot Noir from a vineyard planted in the early 1960s, old vine Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. You may picnic on the lawn while visiting their Central Coast wine tasting room.  
Brecon Estate Address: 7450 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: 805.239.2200 Open daily 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Brecon Estates produces small batch premium wines. Wines produced include Bordeaux blends, Petit Verdot, Albarino, Mourvedre and Syrah. Wines are sold exclusively through their tasting room.
Alta Colina Paso RoblesAlta Colina Vineyard & Winery Address: 2825 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 227-4191 Open daily 11am to 4pm *Tesla Charging *Lodging *Vineyard Tours Delicious Syrah, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Rose. Stay overnight in a vintage trailer.  
Calcareous Vineyard Address: 3430 Peachy Canyon Rd., Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 239-0289 Open daily 11 AM – 5PM *Views Enjoy breathtaking views and award-winning wines at this winery owned by the father and daughter team of Lloyd Messer and Dana Brown.
Carmody McKnight Estate WinesCarmody McKnight Estate Wines Address: 11240 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-9392 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM *Weddings This Paso Robles winery features Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Meritage “Cadenza”. The wine tasting room is housed in a 141 year old pioneer farmhouse.

Chronic CellarsChronic Cellars Address: 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr., Paso Robles Telephone: (805) 237-7848 Open daily 11:30-5:30 for Paso Robles Wine Tours
 
Cordant Winery Address: 3310 Ramada Dr a, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 369-2313 Open Thurs. – Mon. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
DAOU Vineyards and Winery Address: 2777 Hidden Mountain Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 226-5460 Open daily 11AM – 5PM by res, press 1 for reservations Open Monday through Friday 11AM – 5PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 5PM. Reservations encouraged.
Halter Ranch VineyardHalter Ranch Vineyard Address: 8910 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 226-9455 or (888) 367-9977 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery was established in 2000. There are 15 varieties of grapes planted on the 250 acres of vineyards. They have released Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as red and white blends. More releases are planned in the future.  
Justin WineryJustin Winery Address: 11680 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-4149 or (800) 726-0049 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM and 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturdays. *Accommodations *Restaurant On weekends you can dine at their bistro for lunch. This winery features Bordeaux blends, Rhone varietals, and dessert wines.    
Le Cuvier Address: 9750 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-5706 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel.
Minassian-Young VineyardsMinassian-Young Vineyards Address: 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-8904 Open weekends 11 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery looks out over beautiful scenery. You can taste their wines and picnic on the deck. Wines include Zinfandel, Bordeaux, and Rhone blends.
Nadeau Family Vintners Address: 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-3574 Open Weekends Noon – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This winery specializes in Zinfandels and Rhone varietals.
Peachy Canyon WineryPeachy Canyon Winery Address: 1480 N. Bethel Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-1918 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery is known for their great Zinfandels. We especially enjoyed the 2002 Especial Zinfandel, which is fruity with velvety tannins. The San Francisco Chronicle listed this wine in the top 100 wines of 2005. They also have a yummy tawny style Non-Vintage Port.  
Stacked Stone CellarsStacked Stone Cellars Address: 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-7872 Open weekends 11 AM – 5 PM This family owned and operated Paso Robles winery specializes in producing Zinfandel. They also produce Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bordeaux blends, and Port.  
Tablas Creek VineyardTablas Creek Vineyard Address: 9339 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-1231 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Their quality wines come from estate grapes that are organically grown.

VillicanaVillicana Winery Address: 2725 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-9456 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Villicana Winery was established in 1993 and is home to Paso Robles’ first craft distillery, RE:FIND Distillery which was established in 2011. Villicana Winery & RE:FIND Distillery are housed under the same roof and are open daily for educational tours & tastings of Villicana wines and RE:FIND Distillery spirits.They take pride in the wine/spirits they craft. Reservations requested for groups of 8+.
Wild CoyoteWild Coyote Estate Winery Address: 3775 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93445 Telephone: (805) 610-1311 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM *Accommodations This small Paso Robles winery is interested primarily in quality. Wines include Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel Port. Taste their quality wines in a unique adobe tasting room.

Willow Creek District

The Willow Creek District is just south of the Adelaida District. The short distance from the Pacific Ocean means there is a marine influence. The soil is rich with limestone. Rainfall is around 27 inches each year.
Brian Benson CellarsBrian Benson Cellars Address: 2915 Limestone, Paso Robles Telephone: (805) 296-3838 Open Friday-Sunday 10:30-5:00 for Paso Robles Wine Tours Brian Benson began learning about wine making at a young age from his father, owner of Dark Star Cellars. He opened his own winery in 2001 at the age of 19. His wines include Grenache, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some blends.
Caliza Winery Address: 2570 Anderson Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 237-1480 Open Fri. – Sun. 11:00 am -5:00 pm Caliza is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery. They produce Rhone varietals.
Changala Winery Address: 3770 Willow Creek Road, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 226-9060 Open Thurs. – Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm *Weddings *Lodging Changala Winery is a small family owned and operated winery. There is a two bedroom cottage available for overnight stays.
Croad VineyardsCroad Vineyards Address: 3550 Vinedo Robles Lane, Paso Robles Telephone: (661) 325-9899 Open daily 11-5 *Lodging    

Cypher Paso RoblesCypher Winery Address: 3750 CA-46, Templeton, CA Telephone: (805) 237-0055 Open daily 11:00 am – 6:00 pm      
Dark Star CellarsDark Star Cellars Address: 2985 Anderson Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-2389 Open Fri.-Sun 10:30 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery focuses on small lots.

Denner Vineyards & Winery Address: 5414 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-4287 Open weekends 11 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery produces Rhone style wines, Syrah, and a Viognier/Roussane blend. Enjoy Central Coast wine tasting in their new facility.  
Deovlet WinesDeovlet Address: 3750 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 712-8817 Open Thurs. – Sun. 11AM -5PM Deovlet produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.    
Donati Family VineyardDonati Family Vineyard Address: 2720 Oak View Rd., Templeton, CA 93465 Telephone: (877) 511-9463 *Bocce The Donati family began their wine making in Paso Robles in 1998. Wines produced are Syrah, Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Claret, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc.  
DonatoniDonatoni Winery Address: 3225 Township Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 226-0620 Open weekends noon – 5 PM Donatoni Winery was established in 1979 in Inglewood near LAX. They’ve always used Paso Robles grapes and have now relocated to Paso Robles. Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and blends.
Dover Canyon WineryDover Canyon Winery Address: 4520 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-0101 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Estate wines available at this winery include Zinfandel and Rhone style wines. Production is limited with a focus on quality.

Dunning Vineyard Estate WineryDunning Vineyard Estate Winery Address: 1953 Niderer Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-4763 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Picnic under the oaks and taste award winning wines including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Vin De Casa.  
EcluseEcluse Wines Address: 1520 Kiler Canyon Rd., Paso Robles, CA. 93446 Telephone: (805)-238-4998 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 4 PM for wine tasting This small, boutique winery specializes in producing limited production, hand-crafted, award winning wines.    
Four Lanterns Address: 2485 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (949) 300-5437 Open Wed. – Mon. 11AM – 5PM *Lodging There is a farmhouse at the winery that is available as a vacation rental. It’s large enough for three couples. Wines include a Syrah Rose, Viognier, Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also have a few blends.
Grey Wolf CellarsGrey Wolf Cellars Address: 2174 Hwy. 46 W., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-0771 Open daily 11 AM – 5:30 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This family owned California winery specializes in small production, high quality wines.
Guyomar Wine Cellars Guyomar Wine Cellars Address: 1825 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton, CA Telephone: (805) 400-1616 Open for wine tasting by appointment only.          
Hunt CellarsHunt Cellars Address: 2875 Oakdale Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-1600 Open daily 10 AM – 6 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This California winery specializes in limited production of fine wines. We liked their Zinfandel……..it was bold and fruity. They also have a great Port fortified with aged brandy. Friendly staff welcomed us to their wine tasting room.
Jada WineryJada Vineyard Address: 5620 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles Telephone: (805) 226-4200 Open daily 11 AM – 4:45PM Visit Jada’s open air tasting room & their friendly staff will guide you through a wine & gourmet cheese pairing flight of all-estate wines. Try the “Reserve” pairing with artisans cheeses selected from the area’s best gourmet cheese shop, Fromagerie Sophie.
L'AventureL’Aventure Address: 2815 Live Oak Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-1588 Open Daily by appointment only : 10am to 4pm
Linne CalodoLinne Calodo Address: 3845 Oakdale Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-0797 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Enjoy Central Coast wine tasting the Rhone and Zinfandel blends of Linne Calodo. Open on weekdays by appointment as well.

Midnight CellarsMidnight Cellars Address: 2925 Anderson Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-8904 Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM This is a family operated Paso Robles winery. Wines include Syrah, Zinfandel, red blends, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese. Our favorites were the Sangiovese and the Bordeaux blend called Mare Nectaris. This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. It’s very smooth and full of flavor.
Niner Winery Paso RoblesNiner Wine Estates Address: 2400 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 239-2233 Open daily 10AM – 5PM *Tours *Restaurant The restaurant at Niner serves lunch daily. There is a second tasting room in San Luis Obispo. Nine specializes in single vineyards wines that are produced in small lots.
Opolo VineyardOpolo Vineyard Address: 7110 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-9593 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Enjoy their estate grown wines which include Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, and Viognier.    
pasoPort PasoPort Wine Company Address: 95 Booker Rd, Templeton, CA Telephone: (805) 239-2229 Open Thurs – Mon 11 – 5pm *Lodging This winery has a vineyard home for rent that sleeps up to 12 people. This is a small family owned winery that produces its Wine, Port, Brandy and Liqueurs.
Pelletiere Estate Vineyard & WineryPelletiere Estate Address: 3280 Township Rd., Paso Robles, CA Telephone: 805-239-9432 Open Thurs.-Mon. 11am-5pm *Lodging Enjoy Italian style wines in a beautiful setting. Rent their three bedroom farmhouse for a wine country getaway.
Red Soles Winery Red Soles Winery Address: 3230 Oakdale Rd., Paso Robles Telephone: (805) 226-9797 Open daily 11-5 Their signature white wine, Flip-Flop, is a blend of Viognier and Chardonnay. Also try their Zinfandels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and blends.

Rotta WineryRotta Winery 3750 Hwy. 46 West, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 237-0510 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours The temporary wine tasting room is inside Cider Creek Bakery until their new tasting room is completed. Our favorites here were the Zinfandels and the Dessert Sherry, which won Gold – Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Sextant Winery Paso RoblesSextant Paso Robles Address: 2324 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (866) 833-9463 Open daily 10AM – 5PM Sextant has a second tasting room in San Luis Obispo.
Shale Oak Winery Paso RoblesShale Oak Winery Address: 3235 Oakdale Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 239-4800 Open Thurs. – Mon. 11 AM – 5PM Shale Oak produces limited quantities of best-quality blends and single varietals quantities. The vineyards are sustainably farmed.
TH Estate WineTH Estate Wine Address: 870 Arbor Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-2083 Open Wed. – Mon. 11AM – 4PM TH focuses on producing Rhone style wines from their organically-sustainably farmed estate in Paso Robles.

Templeton Gap

Hilly slopes ands cool ocean breezes characterize this AVA. Templeton Gap is to the east of the Willow Creek district. Elevation ranges from 700 to 1800.
Aaron Winery Paso RoblesAaron Wines Address: 3050 Limestone Way | Paso Robles, CA Telephone: 805.369.2037 Open Thursday-Monday 11:00am-5:30pm Aaron produces Petite Sirah & Rhone blends from Westside Paso Robles. Pinot Noir from extreme coastal vineyards.
Aron Hill Winery Paso RoblesAronHill Vineyards Address: 3745 West Highway 46, Templeton, CA Telephone: 805.434.3333 Open daily 10:30 am – 5:00 pm *Bistro AronHill specializes in estate grown Primitive, Primrose, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce a variety of delicious blends. The AronHill Bistro serves lunch daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bella LunaBella Luna Estate Wnery Address: 1850 Templeton Road,Templeton, CA Telephone: 805-434-5477 Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Bella Luna is a small winery that produces dry-farmed, ultra-premium red wine.
Castoro CellarsCastoro Cellars Address: 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton, CA 93465 Telephone: (805) 467-2002 Open daily 10 AM – 5:30 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours *Picnics *Disc Golf The tasting room is hosted by an extra friendly staff. All the wines were excellent, making it difficult to pick a favorite. We definitely recommend that you taste their blend “Ventuno Anni” as well as their Zinfandels. The setting is beautiful……enjoy a picnic surrounded by vineyards, trees, and attractive landscaping.
Class WineClesi Wines Address: 1873 Templeton Rd, Templeton, CA Telephone: (805) 748-2779 Open Thurs. – Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm The focus at Clesi is on Italian varietal wines. Wines include Malvasia Bianca, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Negro Amaro, Barbera, Greco, and Montepulciano.
Clos Solene Paso RoblesClos Solene Address: 2040 Niderer Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 239-7769 Open for wine tasting by appointment only. Most wine is sold to club members only.
Desparada Address: 3060 Limestone Way, Paso Robles Telephone: (805) 434-9611 Open Thurs. – Sun. 11AM – 4PM Outstanding wines; friendly tasting room. Highly recommended!
Doce Robles Address: 2023 Twelve Oaks Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-4766 Open daily 10 AM – 5:30 PM This family owned Paso Robles winery has award winning wines to offer. Enjoy the beautiful oak trees and scenic vineyard views.
Epoch Estate Wines Address: 7505 York Mountain Rd., Templeton, CA 93465 Telephone: (805) 237.7575 Open daily 10 AM – 4 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours *Picnic *Leashed Dogs Outdoors Epoch produces outstanding Rhone varieties.  
FratelliFratelli Perata Address: 1595 Arbor Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-2809 Wine tasting by appointment only. This family owned Paso Robles winery specializes in handmade Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel.
Hope Family WinesHope Family Winery Address: 1585 Live Oak Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-4112 Open Thurs. – Mon. 10AM – 4PM Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenach>
J Dusi Wine J Dusi Wine Address: 1401 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 226-2034 Open daily 11 AM – 5PM This family has a long history as Zinfandel growers in Paso Robles. They still grow and sell grapes to other wineries but also produce their own wines as well.
Summerwood WinerySummerwood Winery Address: 2175 Arbor Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-1365 Open daily 10 AM – 6 PM except in the winter when it closes at 5 PM *Lodging The wines from Summerwood are only sold in their tasting room or online through the winery. Their handcrafted wines include Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sentio, Diosa, Diosa Blanc, and Port.
Tooth & Nail WineryTooth & Nail Winery Address: 3090 Anderson Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 369-6100 Open daily 10AM – 6PM Open late on Fridays for Friday Night Live- Free Live Music, Food and Wine Pairings 5:30 to 8:30 every Friday. Taste all four of their brands in the tasting room from Rabble- Single varietal, Tooth & Nail- big bold unconventional blends to Stasis and Amor Fati- small lot productions, single varietals that are more complex. Seated tastings available on the terrace or inside as well as a tasting bar experience. Great Wine, exceptional guest experiences all served up in a castle.
Turley CellarsTurley Wine Cellars Address: 2900 Vineyard Dr., Templeton, CA 92465 Telephone: (805) 434-1030 Open daily 9 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours Turley is known for its high quality Zinfandel. They also produce Petite Syrah and a Rhone Blend. You may purchase their wines at the wine tasting room or through their wine club. However, there is a waiting list to join their wine club. The wait is reported to about 2 years long. The Zinfandels really are superb wines. Our favorite was the Pesenti Vineyard Paso Robles Zinfandel.
Venteux VineyardsVenteux Vineyards Address: 1795 Las Tablas Road, Templeton, California 93465 Telephone: (805) 369-0127 Open Friday-Sunday 10AM-5PM In addition to a winery Venteux Vineyards also has a luxurious bed and breakfast, which is a convenient place to stay during a Paso Robles Wine Tour. This small family owned winery specializes in making quality limited production Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Syrah.
Victor Hugo Winery Address: 2850 El Pomar Dr., Templeton, CA 93465 Telephone: (805) 434-1128 Wine tasting by appointment only. This small California winery focuses on quality. They have won numerous awards for their wines.
Wild Horse Winery Paso RoblesWild Horse Winery Address: 1437 Wild Horse Winery Ct, Templeton, CA 93465 Telephone: (805) 434-2541 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This Paso Robles winery is known for its great Pinot Noir. They also produce Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah. We really enjoy drinking the Wild Horse 2002 Zinfandel. The intense berry aromas are a delight. This is a fruity yet earthy wine that pairs well with grilled meats and pasta.
Windward VineyardsWindward Vineyard Address: 1380 Live Oak Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-2565 Open daily 10:30 – 5 PM This is a small Paso Robles family winery that produces Pinot Noir exclusively. Their aim is to make an exceptional Pinot Noir. Since they only make about 1,400 cases a year, their wines are not widely distributed. Stop by their wine tasting room to sample this special Pinot Noir.
Zenaida CellarsZenaida Cellars Address: 1550 Hwy. 46 W., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-0382 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This Paso Robles winery s Zinfandel, Syrah, Rhone style blends, and Estate Cuvees.
Zin Alley WineryZinAlley Winery Address: 3730 W. Hwy. 46, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 238-0959 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This is a small Paso Robles winery specializing in producing excellent Zinfandel and Zinfandel Port.

El Pomar

El Pomar is located east of the Templeton Gap district. This area experiences heavy fog and marine breezes. Soils are rich. Rainfall is moderate.
Hansen Vineyards Address: 5575 El Pomer Dr., Templeton, CA 93465 Telephone: (805) 239-8412 Open weekends 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This is a small family owned winery that focuses on producing high quality wines.
Hidden Oak Winery Address: 4671 S El Pomar Rd, Templeton, CA Telephone: (805) 237-9315 Open Frid. – Sat. 11AM – 5PM Hidden Oak is family owned and operated. They specialize in quality red wines.
Still Waters Vineyard Address: 2750 Old Grove Lane, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-9231 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours *Weddings This is a scenic Paso Robles winery. They sell 80% of their grapes to other wineries. Wines they produce include Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

Geneseo

The Genesea district is just north of the El Pomar District. This is a warmer area with low rainfall.
Barr Estate Winery Paso RoblesBarr Estate Winery Address: 6950 Union Road,Paso Robles, CA Telephone: OpenFri. – Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Barr Estate is a small family owned boutique winery.  
Bianchi VineyardsBianchi Vineyards Address: 3380 Branch Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 226-9922 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours When we visited Bianchi Vineyards, it was winter and we sat by the fireplace and sipped their wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon. It was velvety with lots of berry flavor. Another good wine to taste at this Paso Robles winery is the Refosco, a rare Italian varietal. Enjoy their ultra premium red and white tasting menu. Visit the beautiful koi pond. Bianchi Vineyards allows dogs on leashes.

Brochelle Vineyards Address: 2323 Tuley Court, Suite 130, Paso Robles Telephone: 805.237.4410 Open Thurs.-Monday 11AM – 5PM This small family owned winery produces Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Rochelle Vineyards has a second tasting room located at 6996 Peachy Canyon Rd.
Cass Vineyards & Winery Address: : 7350 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 239-1730 Open *Weddings *Cafe *Lodging Open daily 11AM = 5PM
Clautiere Vineyards Clautiere Vineyard 1340 Penman Springs Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 237-3789 Open daily Noon – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This is a fun wine tasting room! It is decorated in a whimsical fashion in shades of purple. There are baskets of wild hats and wigs to try on. You can picnic under a large oak tree with a view of horses grazing in the neighboring fields. Scenic rolling hills surround you. Every wine is excellent. The Syrah was well balanced with just a hint of black pepper. The Port is heavenly with a definite flavor of chocolate in the finish.
Eberle Wine CavesEberle Winery Address: P.O. Box 2459 – Hwy. 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93447 Telephone: (805) 238-9607 Open daily 10 AM – 6 PM except in winter when it closes at 5 PM *Bocce We especially enjoyed the Cabernet Sauvignon. The staff in the tasting room is friendly and two beautiful black poodles greeted us as well. 16,000 square feet of underground caves located below the winery create the perfect place for aging their wines.
Gluing Family WineryGlunz Family Winery Address: 8331 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-1400 Open daily 10 AM – 6PM – Closes at 5PM during the Winter Glunz produces a wide variety of outstanding wines. One of my favorites is their delicious dessert wine called Mission Angelica. They have both a white and a red sangria that is extremely popular.
Hug CellarsHug Cellars Address: 2323 Tuley Court, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: 805-226-8022 Open Thurs.-Mon. 11 AM – 5 PM Hug Cellars produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah in limited amounts.
Pear Valley WineryPear Valley Vineyards Address: 4900 Union Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 237-2861 Open daily 11 AM – 5PM *Weddings *Picnics Pear Valley has a wide variety of red wines, white wines, dessert wines, and Ports.
Penman Springs VineyardPenman Spring Vineyard Address: 1985 Penman Springs Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-7959 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5:00 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This winery specializes in Muscat Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot.
Rio Seco VineyardRio Seco Vineyard & Winery Address: 4295 Union Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 237-8888 Open Thurs.-Mon. 11 AM – 5:30 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This small Paso Robles winery focuses on Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne.
Robert Hall Winery Paso RoblesRobert Hall Winery Address: 3443 Mill Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-1616 Open daily 10 AM – 6 PM *Bocce This Paso Robles winery has a large wine tasting room that you can’t help but notice from Hwy. 46 East. Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Viognier, Rose de Robles, Meritage, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also offer a Cavern Select line of small production lots of premium grapes. These are only available at the tasting room and on their website
Steinbeck VineyardsSteinbeck Vineyards and Winery Address: 5940 Union Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-1854 Open daily 11 AM – 4:45 PM *Jeep Tours *Lodging A three bedroom guest house is available as a vacation rental. Steinbecks have been growing grapes in Paso Robles for generations. They still sell most of their grapes other wineries, but save a small percentage to produce their own wines.
Tobin James Paso RoblesTobin James Cellars Address: 8950 Union Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-2204 Open daily 10 AM – 6 PM The wine tasting room has a huge floor to ceiling bar that is more than 140 years old. They say that Jesse James drank at this bar at its original location in Missouri. Whenever we stop here, we always end up bringing home a bottle of their luscious Late Harvest Zinfandel named “Liquid Love”. Other great wines include Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, and a dessert wine called “Charisma”.
Vina Robles Address: Hwy. 46 East at Mill Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-4812 Open daily 10 AM – 5PM during the Winter; 10AM – 6PM during the Summer. Founded in 1996. Their Estate label wines blend the fruit from their 3 vineyards. Vineyard Selections use wines from one particular vineyard.

Estrella

The Estrella District is just north of the Geneseo District. The soil is rich with minerals. The daily temperature variation from low to high is up to 40 degrees.
Bon Niche Cellars Address: 2627 Golden Eagle Way, San Miguel, CA Telephone: (805) 286-7798 Open by appointment only.  
EOS Estate Winery Address: 2300 Airport Rd Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 591-8050 Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM
Graveyards Vineyards Address: 6990 Estrella Rd, San Miguel, CA Telephone: 805) 467-2043 Open Thurs.-Mon. 11AM – 5PM *Weddings Enjoy award-winning wines at this tasting room. Be sure to try their Estate Grown Petit Verdot.
J. Lohr Paso RoblesJ. Lohr Address: 6169 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 239-8900 Open daily 10 AM – 5PM Jerry Lohr helped pioneer the Paso Robles wine region. For 25 years, the J. Lohr Wine Center in Paso Robles has been an iconic, “must stop” for visitors on the Central Coast. Scenic vineyard vistas. Warm hospitality. Fun, never stuffy wine education. And, of course, award-winning vintages – many, like their Gesture Rhone – style releases available only here, “at the source.” Stop by and see why J. Lohr is Paso Robles…
Le Vigne WineryLe Vigne Winery Address: 5115 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805)227-4000 Open daily 11AM – 5PM Sun. – Thurs.; 11AM – 6 Fri. and Sat.

San Antonio Winery Paso RoblesSan Antonio Winery Address: 2610 Buena Vista, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 226-2600 Open daily 10AM – 6PM The historic San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles has opened a tasting room in Paso Robles.

San Miguel

The San Miguel District is located east of the Estrella District. It surrounds the town of San Miguel. This area has a moderate climate and both sandy loam and clay soil.
Caperone Winery Address: 2280 San Marcos Rd, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 610-5308 Open weekends 11 AM – 5PM, Weekdays (except Weds.) 11 AM – 4PM This small artisan winery is run by the father and son team of Marc and Dave Caperone. They produce quality red wines that are sold at reasonable prices.
J & J Cellars J & J Cellars Address: 2850 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel, CA Telephone: (805) 467-2891 Open Fridays – Sundays 11-5 Wines include Zinfandel, Barbera, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, Rose, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Wine, Moscato, Malbec, and some blends as well.
Locatelli Vineyards & Winery Address: 8585 Cross Canyon Rd., San Miguel, CA 93451 Telephone: (805) 467-0067 Open Fri.- Sun. 11 AM – 4 PM – extending to 5 PM sometime in September 2017. Their Central Coast wine tasting room overlooks the Salinas River and historic Old Mission San Miguel. Enjoy their estate vintages and the beautiful scenery as well.  
P.S. Cellars Address: 13350 River Road, San Miguel CA 93451 Telephone: (805) 610-0905 Open Fri-Sun 11am – 5 pm Owner/winemaker Lisa Pretty selects the best fruit she can find in the Paso Robles AVA to make the line of P.S. Cellars wine. The wines range from crisp to intense and the tasting includes wine inspired treats by Pretty Eats.
Ranchita Canyon Vineyards Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Address: 3439 Ranchita Canyon Rd, San Miguel, CA Telephone: (805) 467-9448 Call to verify hours. Wines include Albarino, Grenache, Zinfandel, Cabernet Pfeffer, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, and a variety of blends.
River Star VineyardsRiver Star Vineyards Address: 7450 Estrella Rd., San Miguel Telephone: (805) 467-0086 Open Thurs.-Sun. 11-5 Wines include Rose, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, Tempranillo, Moscato, Solara, and a variety of blends.  
San Marcos Creek 7750 N. Hwy. 101, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 467-9260 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This small family owned and operated winery focuses on Zinfandel, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Merlot, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, and Viognier.  
Silver Horse Vineyard Silver Horse Winery Address: 2995 Pleasant Rd., San Miguel, CA 93451 Telephone: (805) 467-9463 Open Fri.-Mon. 10 AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours *Bocce This Paso Robles winery is on the top of a hill overlooking Pleasant Valley. Enjoy the wines, the view, and the bocce courts.
Villa San Juliette Vineyard and Winery Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery Address: 6385 Cross Canyons Rd, San Miguel, CA 93451 Telephone: (805) 467-0014 Open Thursday through Monday 11-5, and Tuesday/Wednesday by appointment. Wines include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenach, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Rose, and Albarino.  
Vista Del Rey Vineyards Address: 7340 Drake Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 467-2138 Opener wine tasting by appointment only. Taste their Zinfandel, Barbera, and more.

Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Rooms


Many wineries throughout Paso Robles have tasting rooms in downtown Paso Robles. It’s possible to park your car and walk from tasting room to tasting room. You’ll find a number of wonderful restaurants, great places to stay, and unique shops in the downtown as well.   Anglim WinerryAnglim Winery Address: 740 Pine St., Paso Robles, CA 93446 Telephone: (805) 227-6813 Open Tues.-Sun. 10 AM – 5 PM The wine tasting room is located in downtown Paso Robles. This small family owned winery specializes in Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Syrah, and Rose.
Ascuncion RidgeAsuncion Ridge Winery Address: 725 12th St., Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 237-1425 Open Sun.-Thurs. 1-6PM; Fri.-Sat. 1-8PM. *Vacation Rental Worth a stop on Paso Robles Wine Tours! You’ll enjoy the wines and the location. It’s located in downtown with lots of restaurants and shops within walking distance.
Bodegas Paso RoblesBodegas Paso Robles Address: 729 13th St Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 237-3780 Open Sun. -Thurs. noon-6PM; Fri.-Sat. noon-8PM      
Burbank RanchBurbank Ranch> Address: 1240 Park St., Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 227-4538 Open Sat. noon – 9PM; Sun. & Mon. noon – 5; Tues. – Fri. Noon-8PM They offer small plates to pair with their wines.    
Chateau Lettau WineryChateau Lettau Winery Address: 840 13th St, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-6800 Open daily 1-5PM Chateau Lettau is a small family owned boutique winery dedicated to producing affordable high quality wines. Their tasting room is in downtown Paso Robles.    
D'Anbino VineyardsdD’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars Address: 710 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 227-6800 Open Thurs.-Mon. 11AM – 6PM D’Anbino Vineyards is ocated in the historic train depot in downtown Paso Robles. Clink on their website link above to see if there are any upcoming live music events.    
Derby Wine Derby Wine Estates Address: 525 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-6300      
Diablo Paso Wines Address: 827 13th Street, Paso Robles CA Telephone: (805) 975-6185 Open daily 12:30PM – 7 PM Diablo Paso’s tasting room is located in the Wine O Clock building in downtown Paso Robles.
Herman Story WinesHerman Story Wines Address: 1227 Paso Robles St, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 237-2400 Herman Story’s tasting room is located in downtown Paso Robles. Wines are sold only at the tasting room and to club members.    
Parrish Family VineyardParrish Family Vineyard Address: 1220 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 286-4028 Open Sun., Mon., & Wed. : 1 – 6PM; Thurs. – Sat. 1-7:30PM      
Pianetta WineryPianetta Winery Address: 829 13th St, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 226-4005 Open Thurs. – Sun. noon – 6PM *Camping Make reservations to camp at the Pianetta Ranch & Winery on Indian Valley Road. The tasting room is located in downtown Paso Robles. They have a variety of wines to taste.
Tudor Address: 1210 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: 805-221-5468 Tudor Wines also has a tasting room in Carmel.Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and a couple of ice wines.

Highlands District

Highlands is the warmest district.
Shell Creek Vineyards Address: 5525 Shell Creek Rd, Shandon, CA Telephone: (805) 748-4433 Shell Creek is famous for their high quality very limited production Petite Sirah. Wine is sold online and through their wine club.

Creston District


The Creston District is located just west of the Highlands District AVA. This area experiences high heat temperatures during the day, but low temperatures during the night. This is the ideal condition to grow fruit with very complex aromas and flavors. Average rainfall is 11 to 13 inches It’s near the small community of Creston, California. August Ridge - Paso RoblesAugust Ridge Address: 8790 E. Highway 41, Creston, CA Telephone: 805.239.2455 Open Thurs. – Mon. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm August Ridge is a small family owned winery that focuses on handcrafting Italian varietal wines made in the Italian style. Tasting rooms in Creston and downtown Santa Barbara.  
Chateau MargeneChateau Margene Address:6996 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles, CA Telephone: (805) 238-2321 Open daily 11AM – 5 PM for Paso Robles Wine Tours This micro-winery focuses on the production of luxury Cabernet Sauvignons. Visit their Central Coast wine tasting room for some great Cabs. Second tasting room: 4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA.    

Santa Margarita Ranch

This is the most south of the Sub-Appellations of Paso Robles. This area receives the most rainfall; 29 inches a year.
Ancient Peaks Winery Address: 22720 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, CA Telephone: (805) 365-7045 Open daily 11 AM – 5:30 PM *Ziplining Consistently good red wines at affordable prices. Award-winning!  

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Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Botanical GardensSituated on 47 acres along Highway 1 in Fort Bragg, Mendocino Botanical Gardens is one of the top attractions in Mendocino County. Meander the trails to explore this beautiful garden by the ocean. Facilities include the expansive gardens, a small cafe, gift shop, and a nursery that sells plants.

colorful flowersEnjoy a variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees including begonias, fuchsias, dahlias, cactus, rhododendrons, and vegetables.

The main trails through the gardens are handicapped accessible. Electric carts are available for those who can use them. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dogs are welcomed, but must be on a leash. Spring is the best time to visit to catch the colorful blooms. Time your visit for late April through September, if possible. The gardens are open daily from 9-5 March through October and from 9-4 November through February.
Sea Bird Birdwatchers can find over 150 species of birds to observe. Special events and workshops occur throughout the year that include plants, art, food, and wine. Check out upcoming events by clicking on this link.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Plan for at least two hours to explore the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera. The one complaint that some have about these gardens is the admission fee. Get your money’s worth by bringing a picnic lunch.
Pacific Ocean - Mendocino Treat yourself to a scenic walk all the way to the ocean. Sit and watch the waves crashing below. It’s the perfect place for a picnic with the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Relax on a bench or visit the Cliff House overlooking the ocean. It’s an observation room for enjoying the view in comfort.

Mendocino Botanical Gardens – Contact Information

Gardens Information Address: 18220 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 Telephone: (707)964-4352 Directions to the Gardens: Gardens are located on the west side of Highway 1. From Mendocino travel 7 miles north. Gardens will be on the left. From Fort Bragg travel 2 miles south. The gardens will be on your right. From San Francisco, take Highway 101 north. Turn west on Highway 20. Turn south on Highway 1. The Gardens will be on the right.

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San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo Wineries Plan a wine tasting trip to San Luis Obispo wineries. Sample great wine,   walk the beaches, dine at the best restaurants, stay in unique   accommodations, and explore all of the fun and exciting things to do in the   area.San Luis Obispo is famous for its world class Chardonnays and Pinot   Noirs. However, you will find other high quality wines produced here such   as Syrah, Sparkling Wines, Port, Grenache, Merlot, Roussanne, and   Viognier.
Edna Valley, San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo wineries were first planted over 200 years ago when the Catholic padres planted grapes. They used the grapes to make wine for sacramental use. During the past ten years the wine industry in San Luis Obispo has grown tremendously. Many are small, family owned wineries of the California Central Coast with limited production. Others are larger with modern facilities.
 

Fun Things to Do in San Luis Obispo

 

Oceano Dunes Visit Oceano Dunes south of Pismo Beach. It’s a blast to rent an ATV and explore the sand dunes on your own or take a hummer tour and just sit back and enjoy being a passenger. Don’t miss the world famousSan Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market.. Visitors come from up and down the state to enjoy the food, produce, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. It happens Thursday evenings in downtown SLO. This is a popular event that everyone must experience at least once!  

Sycamore Mineral Springs Stay at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach. Every room has a private hot tub on the balcony. The grounds are wonderfully landscaped. Pamper yourself at their spa for a variety of delightful spa treatments. Even if you aren’t staying at the resort, make reservation to dine at their much acclaimed romantic restaurant. Gardens at Avila is a gourmet restaurant right at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. You don’t need to get in your car and drive somewhere to experience fine dining.

 
 

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San Luis Obispo Wineries

San Luis Obispo Winery Map
 
Alapay CellarsAlapay Cellars Address: 491 First St., Avila Beach, CA 93424 Telephone: (805) 595-2632 Open Daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5:30 PM We were served wines by the owner, Scott Remmenga, who was friendly and   interesting to talk to. We especially liked theEdna Valley Pinot Noir. It was   peppery, fruity, and well balanced. Another favorite was the Paso Robles   Zinfandel, which was spicy and bold. They offer a Zinfandel Port as well as a   Late Harvest Moscato for sweet wine lovers.
Autry CellarsAutry Cellars Address: 5450 Edna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 546-8669 Open daily 11 AM – 5PM. Autry Cellars is dedicated to producing small lots of quality handcrafted wines. They make less than 1,000 cases of wine each year. They also produce brandy.  
BaileyanaBaileyana Address: 5828 Orcutt Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 269-8200 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 10 AM – 5 PM The tasting room of this San Luis Obispo winery looks like an historic schoolhouse, very charming and nicely landscaped. There are tables outside for picnicking that offer a panoramic view of the scenery. There was a $5 charge for tasting. The tasting room was sunny with lots of windows to let you view the fantastic scenery while tasting. Our favorite was the 2002 Pinto Noir which was listed in the Top 100 Wines of 2005 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. They also have Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, and a blend called Mosaico.
Biddle Ranch WineryBiddle Ranch Vineyards & Winery Address: 2050 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 543-2399 Open daily 11AM – 5PM *Lodging *Picnics Biddle Ranch is located in the heart of the Edna Valley south of San Luis Obispo. They have a Vineyard House available for rent that accommodates up to 12 guests. Dogs are allowed but they must remain on a leash.
Cerro Caliente, San Luis Obispo wineryCerro Caliente Cellars Address: 831-A Via Esteban, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 544-2842 Open Fri.-Sun. for central coast wine tasting Noon – 5 PM This family owned central coast winery specializes in full-bo died, limited        quantity wines. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Syrah,    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and a blend called   MultiViscosity.
Chamisal Vineyards Address: 7525 Orcutt Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 541-9463 Open Fri.-Sun. for central coast wine tasting 10 AM – 5 PM This small San Luis Obispo winery has some great wines to taste. Their Pinot Noir Califa is a fantastic wine accented with blackberry and a rich tannic finish.
Claiborne & Churchill, San Luis Obispo WineryClaiborne & Churchill Address: 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 544-4066 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM This small Edna Valley winery specializes in handcrafted wines. Wines are reasonably priced compared to many others in the area. We liked their champagne and their Pinot Noir. The Straw Bale Red, a Pinot Noir blend, was a best buy at only $12.50. They also produce Dry Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Nektar Sweet Riesling, and a Port.
CromaVera Wines Address: 445 1st St, Avila Beach, CA Telephone: (805) 946-1685 Open daily Noon – 5PM Croma Vera has a tasting room in the downtown area of Avila Beach. This winery specializes in Spanish varietals such as Albariño and Tempranillo.
Edna Valley WineryEdna Valley Vineyard Address: 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 Telephone: (805) 595-9700 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 10 AM – 5 PM This San Luis Obispo winery is well known for its estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also have small lots of other varietals sold only through their wine tasting room and their wine club. You have a spectacular view of the Edna Valley from their wine tasting room. Tours are given hourly on weekends from 11-3. It’s one of the San Luis Obispo wineries that you really should visit.
Filipponi RanchFilipponi Ranch Address: 1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 903-3567 Open Thurs. – Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM Filipponi Ranch produces a variety quality wines using grapes from California’s Central Coast.
Kelsey See Canyon VineyardsKelsey See Canyon Vineyards Address: 1947 See Canyon Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 Telephone: (805) 595-9700 Open Daily for central coast wine tasting 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM Located minutes from Avila Beach, this San Luis Obispo winery focus on quality wines. Enjoy the beautiful setting among large oak trees and creeks. Wines include Apple Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Apple Merlot, and Zinfandel.
Kynsi WineryKynsi Winery Address: 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Telephone: (805) 544-8461 Open Thurs.-Mon. for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM The focus here is producing complex single vineyard wines. Wines include Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay.
Laetitia VineyardsLaetitia Vineyard & Winery Address: 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA Telephone: (805) 481-1772 Open daily for central coast wine tasting 11 AM – 5 PM They offer a large variety of wines for wine tasting under two different labels: Laetitia and Barnwood. Laetitia is known for their Pinot Noir and their sparkling wines. While touring San Luis Obispo wineries, make a stop at Laetitia. It’s right off the freeway for easy access and the wine is great!
Phantom River WineryPhantom River Winery Address: 211 E. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA Telephone: (805) 481-9462 Open Thursday – Monday Noon – 5PM White wines include Viognier, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines include Pinot Noir, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre. Phantom River also produces a Rose and dessert wines. Their tasting room is a friendly place to relax and sample wine in downtown Arroyo Grande.
Piedra Creek Winery Address: 6425 Mira Cielo Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 541-1281 Wine tasting by appointment only. This San Luis Obispo winery produces estate grown Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Merlot.
Refugio Vineyard Company Address: 1691 See Canyon Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 801-595-9515 Wine tasting by appointment only.
Saucelito Canyon VineyardSaucelito Canyon Vineyard Address: 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 543-2111 Open Thurs.-Mon. 10 AM – 5 PM This central coast winery specializes in estate grown Zinfandel. Their vineyard is recognized as the oldest producing vineyard in San Luis Obispo County. Best Zin, they also produce Late Harvest Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sextant SLOSextant Address: 1653 Old Price Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 542-0133 Open daily 10AM – 4 PM *lodging *Gourmet Deli There is a second Sextant tasting room in Paso Robles. Make arrangements for an overnight stay in the historic farmhouse. Sextant has a variety of great wines available for tasting.  
SilverHorseSilver Horse Winery Address: 6985 Ontario Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 467-9463 Open Thurs. – Sun. Noon – 5PM Silver Horse is a family owned and operated winery. It’s located south of downtown San Luis Obispo in Avila Beach.
Sinor-LaVallee WinerySinor-LaVallee Winery Address: 550 1st St, Avila Beach, CA Telephone: (805) 459-9595 Open Thurs – Monday 10AM – 6 PM Their estate vineyard is located just over a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Sinor-LaVallee produces Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. The tasting room is located in downtown Avila Beach.  
Stephen Ross WineryStephen Ross Winery Address: 178 Suburban Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 594-1318 Open weekends 11-5. This San Luis Obispo winery has been honored by being named “Artisan Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2004 and 2005. They produced small quanities of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah.
Talley VineyardsTalley Vineyards Address: 3031 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Telephone: (805) 489-0446 Open daily 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM This San Luis Obispo winery has 2 labels for wine tasting: Talley and Bishop’s Peak. We enjoyed their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery can been seen from Highway 101. Enjoy both red and white wines at this tasting room.
Tolosa Winery Tolosa Winery Address: 4910 Edna Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: (805) 782-0500 Tolosa Winery carefully selects only its very best grapes to produce its Estate wines. This ensures the quality of their limited production wines. While visiting San Luis Obispo wineries, make a stop at Tolosa!
Wedell Cellars Address: 44 Equestrian Way, Arroyo Grande, CA Telephone: (805) 489-0596 Central Coast Wine tasting by appointment only.
Wolf VineyardsWolff Vineyards Address: 6238 Orcott Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA Telephone: (805) 781-0448 Open weekends 11 AM – 5 PM Come taste the award winning wines of the artisan winery located in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo and enjoy Central Coast wine tasting.

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Your Guide to Monterey Wineries

Great Wine and Spectacular Ocean Scenery

seagull Experience wine tasting at Monterey wineries. The California central coast wineries of this area offer fantastic wines for you to taste while enjoying the scenic coastal beauty that Monterey is famous for. Indulge yourself with fine wines and ocean breezes. More than 40 different grape varieties are grown in this wine region. Plan a California wine tour to Monterey where you can taste the wide variety of fine wines produced.
Monterey Wineries - Monterey County Wineries There’s so much to do in Monterey. When you aren’t exploring the exciting Monterey wineries, you can indulge in romantic dining, world renowned golf courses, relax surrounded by spectacular ocean views,or investigate marine life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Enjoy hiking at Point Lobos State Reserve, where you will find dramatic ocean views and you might even spot a whale or two. This is also a popular diving spot.
Another great choice for hiking is Garland Ranch Regional Park in the scenic Carmel Valley. This is a dog friendly park with areas that allow dogs to roam off-leash. There are lots of trails to choose from for beginners to experienced hikers. Breathtaking scenery!

 

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Monterey Wineries

A Taste of Monterey Wine Visitors Center Two locations:Address: 700 Cannery Row, Suite KK, Monterey, CA 93940 Telephone: (831) 646-5446 or (888) 646-5446 Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM Address: 127 Main St., Salinas, CA 93901 Telephone: (831)751-1980 Open Mon.-Sat. 11 AM – 5 PM A Taste of Wine features the wines of more than 65 Central Coast wineries. Some Monterey wineries have no tasting room of their own, but their wines are available to taste here. For your convenience, A Taste of Wine also offers wines from wineries that do have tasting rooms. Wine consultants serve the wine and are available to answer your questions. The Salinas location is located in an historic 110 year old building in Old town Salinas across from the National Steinbeck Center. The Monterey location is a block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This might be the perfect place to start your central coast wine tasting.
Baywood Cellars Address: 381 Cannery Row, Su. C, Monterey, CA 93940 Telephone: (831) 645-9035 Open daily 11 AM – 8 PM John and James Cotta have been producing award-winning wines since 1986. The tasting room is located at Cannery Row in downtown Monterey. Baywood is known for its great Cabernet Sauvignon. When you taste their port, you realize quickly that it deserves all the awards it has won. They produce a large variety of types of wines. If you like dessert wines, you must try Baywood’s Late Harvest Symphony. It’s made from 100% Botrytis, full of fruit with a nice smooth finish.
Bernardus Winery Address: 5 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, CA 93924 Telephone: (831) 659-1900 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM *Restaurant *Accommodations 50% of their production is Chardonnay. Their flagship wine is Marinus, which is a Bordeaux style blend made of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5 % Merlot, .25 % Cabernet Franc, and .25% Petit Verdot. This is a complex wine with a smooth finish. This award winning Monterey winery also has lovely accommodations and restaurants.
Boete Winery Address: 7156 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel, CA Telephone: (831) 625-5040 This family owned winery specializes in a blend called Cheval Rouge, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their new tasting room is located in the Valley Hills Center in the beautiful Carmel Valley.
Hahn EstatesHahn Estates/Smith & Hook Winery Address: 37700 Foothill Rd., Soledad, CA 93960 Telephone: (831) 678-2132 Open daily 11 AM – 4 PM This Monterey winery enjoys panoramic views of the Salinas Valley from its 1000 foot elevation. This winery has won too many awards for us to mention them all. At the 2005 Orange County Fair Hahn won 3 gold medals for the 2003 Syrah, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2003 Meritage.
Heller Estate Address: 69 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, CA 93924 Telephone: (831) 659-6220 Open daily 11 AM – 5:30 PM Heller Estate uses no pesticides or herbicides in the production of their grapes. They are one of the few California Central Coast wineries producing organically grown wines. Every wine we tasted was great. We especially loved the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Estate Merlot. The owner, Toby Heller, is a sculptor whose works are displayed throughout the United States and around the world. Pictures of her sculptures adorn the wine labels and you can view Toby Heller sculptures while picnicking in the beautiful sculpture garden outside the wine tasting room. The tasting room manager is friendly, making you feel welcome and relaxed. While visiting Monterey wineries, be sure to make at stop at Heller Estate.
Joullian Vineyards Address: 2 Village Drive, Su. A, Carmel Valley, CA Telephone: (831) 659-8100 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM Joullian Vineyards has a charming tasting room made of stone in Carmel Valley. It is beautifully landscaped with splashes of color. You can picnic on their outdoor patio and enjoy their relaxing surroundings.The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the wines were all great. We loved the aroma on the Pinot Grigio and the taste was well balanced. We also recommend the Chardonnay, Reserve Cabernet,and the Julien Port. Jollian Vineyards is a recommended stop while wine tasting at Monterey wineries.
Marilyn Remark Wines Address: 645 River Rd., Salinas, CA 93908 Telephone: (831) 455-9310 Open Weekends 11 AM – 5 PM Their tasting room is newly opened and is usually staffed by one of the owners, a husband and wife team of Marilyn and Joel who are assisted by their two golden retrievers, Hogan and Snead. Their wines include Marsanne, Rousanne, Rose de Saignee, Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. The Petite Sirah earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Paraiso Vineyards Address: 38060 Paraiso Springs Rd., Soledad, CA 93960 Open Weekdays Noon – 4; Weekends 11 AM – 5 PM Paraiso has 2 wines that are only available at the tasting room. It’s worth the trip to taste their Late Harvest Pinot Noir and Souzao Port. This family run Monterey winery specializes in premium quality wines including Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
Pessagno Winery Address: 1645 River Rd., Salinas, CA 93908 Telephone: (831) 675-9463 Open Fri.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM This Monterey winery specializes in limited quantities of Estate grown premium wine. Varietals include: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Port.Their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have captured many awards.
Robert Talbott Vineyards Address: 53 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, CA 93924 Telephone: (831) 659-3500 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This small wine tasting room is located within close walking distance to the California Central Coast wineries of Heller Winery and Georis Winery. Stop at one and visit all 3. Robert Talbott is well known for its premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. One of our personal favorites and a “must stop” as you tour Monterey wineries.
San Saba Vineyard Address: 35801 Foothill Rd., Soledad, CA 93960 Telephone: (800) 998-7222 Open Tues.-Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM This Monterey winery produces 2 labels, San Saba and Bocage. They do have wines that are available only at the tasting rooms. San Saba is their premium label. San Saba has been producing fine wines since 1981.
Scheid VineyardsScheid Vineyards Address: 1972 Hobson Ave., Greenfield, CA 93927 Telephone: (888) 478-4946 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM *Bocce Scheid is one of the largest independent growers of premium wine grapes in California. Their primary business is growing and selling wine grapes to wineries that then produce wine from them. Scheid also produces limited quantities of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and White Riesling.
Silver Mountain Vineyards Address: 381 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 Telephone: (831) 644-9609 Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM This tasting room is located inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Here you can taste wine produced by California Central Coast wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains from Monterey County grapes. Besides tasting wines from Silver Mountain Vineyards, you can also taste Sonnet Wines and Loma Prieta Wines.
Ventana/Meador Estate Address: 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy. #10, Monterey, CA 93940 Telephone: (831) 372-7415 Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM This Monterey winery was established in 1972 and is recognized for its many award-winning wines. Wines unique to Ventana include Magnus, a Bordeaux blend; Due Amici, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Sangiovese; a Rhone blend called Beaugravier; and Dry Rosado.This winery shares a parking lot with a great restaurant called Tarpy’s Roadhouse, which is right next door.
Learn about other wine regions along the Central Coast by clicking on these links:
Salinas Valley|San Luis Obispo | Paso Robles |Alameda Santa Barbara | Santa Cruz | San Benito |Livermore Wineries

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Yosemite Lodging – Where to Stay in Yosemite

 Yosemite lodging includes a wide range of choices. Accommodations at Yosemite National Park range from rustic camping under the stars all the way to upscale accommodations at a world class resort. Experience the spectacular beauty of this national park along with the fun of tent or rv camping, renting a cabin, an overnight stay in an historic hotel, or spread out in your own vacation rental. Whichever accommodations you select for your stay at Yosemite, make reservations as early as possible. You can make reservations online or over the telephone. Reservations made through the park system can be made a year and one day in advance. These accommodations fill up fast. However, there are cancellations so you should check back to see if something becomes available at a later date. Yosemite Scenic Wonders and Redwoods in Yosemite are both privately owned agencies with homes for rent within the park.

Accommodations Within the Park


Yosemite LodgingThe Alwahnee Hotel Telephone: (801) 559-5000 Pamper yourself with luxurious accommodations at this elegant lodge. Surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you can imagine, the Alwahnee is a wonderful place to stay for upscale Yosemite lodging. It was built in 1927 and is an Historical Landmark. It is centrally located in the Yosemite Valley.   The hotel is known for its special events that are usually sold out well in advance. Two of these events include the annual Bracebridge Christmas Dinner and the Vintners Holiday. This is the crown jewel of Yosemite accommodations and will be the most expensive choice. Even if you aren’t staying at The Alwahnee, it’s quite a experience to dine in their historic restaurant. Make reservations for lunch or dinner.
Curry Village Telephone: (801) 559-5000 Both wooden and tent cabins are available in Curry Village. The free Yosemite Valley Shuttle stops here throughout the day. Curry Village has 5 dining options.
Yosemite FallsYosemite Valley Lodge Telephone: (801) 559-5000 Yosemite Lodge is located near the base of Yosemite Falls. Step out of your room and view the gorgeous scenery. The lodge has a restaurant, lounge, outdoor pool, bicycle rentals, and a free shuttle to locations throughout Yosemite Valley.

Wawona Hotel Telephone: ((801) 559-5000 Select from rooms with a private bath or rooms with a shared bathroom. The Wawona is a unique Victorian style lodge that is an historical landmark. Located 4 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite, it is a beautiful setting. Enjoy golfing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. It’s a 45 minute drive from here to Yosemite Valley.  
Hiking in YosemiteHigh Sierra Camps Telephone: (801) 559-5000 These are extremely popular. If you are interested, sign up for the lottery beginning September 3 for reservations the following summer. You hike approximately 8 miles from one cabin to the next. Meal purchases are available. A great way to see Yosemite’s High Country without having to carry all of your supplies!

Housekeeping Camp Telephone: (801) 559-5000 Enjoy the fun of camping outdoors without all of the inconveniences of tent camping. Housekeeping camp is located in the Yosemite Valley along the Merced River. Relax on the beach and enjoy views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Each unit can accommodate up to 6 people. There are no televisions or telephones, but each unit has 2 single bunk beds, a double bed, table, chairs, mirror, electric lights and an electrical outlet. You can cook your own meals here. Bathrooms are centrally located. Try for a cabin down by the river. It will be quieter. Rates range from $70-78.
Tent and RV Camping Telephone: (866) 444-6777 Telephone for Group Camping: (877) 444-6777 There are 13 campgrounds in Yosemite. Most campgrounds will have both tent and RV sites. Shower facilities are only available at Curry Village and Tuolumne Meadows. Group campsites can be found at Wawona throughout the year and during the summer at Hodgdon Meadow,Bridalveil Creek, and Tuolumne Meadows. Horse campsites are offered during the summer at Bridalveil Creek, Tuolumne Meadows, and Wawona.

Yosemite Scenic Wonders Telephone: (888) 967-3648 Located with the park, these vacation homes allow you to visit Yosemite yet enjoy the comforts of a home. These rentals are fully furnished. Many of the units have hot tubs and other amenities. Rates vary by the unit and the season. We’ve stayed at a number of these homes and have been extremely pleased with the accommodations and the service we received.
Lodging - Where to Stay in Yosemite Redwoods in Yosemite Telephone: (844) 355-0039 Vacation homes for rent within the park. Fully furnished homes with a variety of amenties. These vacation homes can accommodate from 2 to 17 people.  

Yosemite Lodging Outside the Park

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Telephone: (800) 514-2167 Tenaya Lodge is an upscale resort rated 4 diamonds by AAA. It is located 2 miles from Yosemite’s south entrance and 33 miles from Yosemite Valley. They offer a wide selection of special packages that are worth taking considering for Yosemite lodging.
Yosemite National Park - Half Dome  

Your Guide to Hiking Yosemite

There are many different hikes in Yosemite. A challenging hike to the top of Half Dome is an unforgettable hike. If you are interested in hiking while at Yosemite, click on this link to learn more about Hiking Half Dome or the many other fabulous trails in the park.

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Best Mimosa Recipe for Home Celebrations

Looking for the best mimosa recipe? Mimosas are festive, fun, and easy to make. The basic mimosa is a combination of 50% sparkling wine and 50% orange juice. This beverage is usually served in champagne flutes. Mimosa cocktails are the perfect beverage for celebrating at home. Most of us are spending more time at home because of COVID-19 . . . This doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with a delicious Mimosa. Mimosas hit the spot as the perfect beverage for breakfast, brunch, or evening relaxation. Cheers-2-Wine is pleased to share these mimosa recipes. Start with a dry sparkling wine for these mimosa drinks.
      • Look for a Sparkling Wine priced between $10 and $20. There are many to choose from. Suggestions include Toad Hollow Risque French Sparkling Wine, a non-vintage sparkling wine from Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Korbel Organic Brut from California is another good choice. Freixenet Cava Carta Nevada Semi Dry from Spain would work well. Any of these sparklers would be a terrific choice!
 
Make Any Day a Special Day With a Delicious Mimosa Cocktail
 

Quick & Easy Mimosas

Ingredients: Mimosa Orange1 bottle (750 mL) dry Sparkling Wine (chilled) 1 quart of pulp-free orange juice (chilled) fresh oranges Instructions: 1. Mix all ingredients into a large pitcher. 2. Pour into chilled champagne glasses and serve immediately. 3. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired. Note: If you aren’t serving a crowd, save time by pouring equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice directly into the glasses and top with an orange slice.

Super Mimosas

This mimosa requires a little more work than that, but it’s worth it. This is a refreshing beverage made with fresh ingredients and is sure to please. Ingredients: 1 orange, zested 1 cup half-and-half 1 cup superfine sugar 2 1/2 cups of pulp-free orange juice 1 bottle Sparkling Wine Instructions: 1. Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender for 30 seconds. 2. Pour into a shallow pan and freeze overnight. 3. Remove the frozen mixture and let it thaw for 10 minutes at room temperature. 4. Spoon orange mixture into champagne flutes. Fill with Sparkling Wine. 5. Garnish with fresh fruit if desired and enjoy!

Mimosa Cocktail

Mimosas on a TrayKick it up a little more with this mimosa cocktail recipe. Ingredients: 1 quart of pulp-free orange juice (chilled) 1 bottle (750 mL) of dry sparkling wine (chilled) 2 ounces of orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec) Instructions: 1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large pitcher. 2. Pour into chilled champagne glasses. Serve immediately. 3. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.

Mimosa Sherbet

Super easy and so delicious! Place once scoop of chilled ice cream sherbet in a Champagne glass. Fill the glass with Spumante. Enjoy! Use orange or raspberry sherbet, whichever you prefer. Garnish with a strawberry, if desired.

Pineapple Strawberry Mimosas

Pineapple Strawberry MimosaThese are easy to make and everyone seems to love strawberries. Ingredients: 3 cups orange-pineapple juice (chilled) 1 bottle sparking wine (chilled) strawberries, 1/2 to 1 cup as desired Instructions: 1. Mix the juice and wine in a pitcher. Add wine and stir. 2. Pour into serving glasses. 3. Garnish with strawberries. Float a few slices in the drink and slide a whole strawberry onto the rim of the glass. This is a refreshing drink.

Special Tips

      • Mimosas taste even better when made with freshly squeezed orange juice.
      • Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier or TripleSec for an even more delicious mimosa.
      • Add a bit of fresh fruit or holiday sprinkles to each glass.
      • Serve in champagne flutes for a festive touch.
      • Be adventurous – Experiment with other juices such as Pomegranate, Pineapple, Apple, Cranberry, Mango, Grapefruit, or Pear.

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Celebrity Wine – Celebrities Who Own Wineries

Mario Andretti

Andretti Winery - Napa ValleyRace car driver, Mario Andretti established his Napa Valley winery in 1996. The Italian style winery is a fun stop on a Napa wine tour even for people who aren’t celebrity watchers. Don’t miss out on the 2018 Tuscan House Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by Andretti!. Less than 50 cases of this wine was produced so supplies are limited. Andetti Winery Address: 4192 Big Ranch Rd., Napa, CA Telephone: (707) 259-6777

Helmet: New England Patriots

Drew Bledsoe

Drew Bledsoe is a former NFL quarterback. He played for the New England Patriots from 1993 to 2001. After retiring from the NFL, Drew founded Doubleback Winery is his home state of Washington. This winery specializes in producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon. Doubleback Winery Address: 3853 Powerline Rd., Walla Walla, WA Telephone: (509) 525-3334

Mary J. Bilge

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She produces Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc in collaboration with Mario Fantanel with Fantinel Winery in Italy. Sun Goddess Wines

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Boccelli is a renowned Italian opera tenor who also plays the piano, flute, and fiddle. The Boccelli family has been making wine on their small Tuscan estate for more than 130 years. After the death of his father in 200, Andrea and his brother Alberto began to renovate the vineyards and expand the winery. The winery specializes in handcrafted high quality Italian wine. Bocelli Family Wines

Jon Von Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi is a singer, songwriter, and record producer. He founded the Grammy Awarding winning band, Bon Jovi, in 1983. Bon Jovi founded a winery in 2017 that is a collaboration with his son, Jesse, and French winemaker Gérard Bertrand. The wine produced in France. is a delicious lend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvédre. Hampton Water Wine

Francis Coppola Winery - Sonoma County Winery

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is a film director, producer, and screenwriter. He comes from a family with a history of wine making. His grandfather would make wine in the basement of his New York City apartment building. Francis Coppola produces a diverse variety of quality wines. Be sure to try his Black Label Claret Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon! This winery is a destination by itself. In addition to wine tasting visitors can dine at the winery either at the pool-side cafe or the restaurant, Rustic. There are swimming pools, cabana rentals for privacy, a movie gallery, gift shop, bocce ball, board games, and a variety special events. It’s worth visiting! Francis Ford Coppola Winery Address: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA Telephone: (707) 857-1400

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dog is a rapper, singer, and actor. Snoop Dogg is partnering with 19Crimes of Napa to produce a unique red blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel called Snoop Cali Red. 19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red

Casa Dumetz Winery - Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez

Emilio is an American actor, director, and writer. He’s well-known for being a member of the Brat Pack of the 1980s. He is the son of Martin Sheen. Emilio and his fiancé, Sonja Magdevski, began their winery in 2004 with Pinot Noir grapes planted in the backyard of their Malibu home. Sonja became the wine maker. Their passion for producing quality wine. Is evident in their wines. The wine tasting room, Casa Dumetz Wines is located in the charming town of Los Alamos near Santa Barbara. Casa Dumetz Wines Address: 388 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA Telephone: (310) 735-7397

John Elway

John Elway

John Elway is a former quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He is currently the General Manager of the Broncos. He partnered with winemaker, Rob Mondavi to establish a Napa Valley winery. Their first wine release was a Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013 followed by a Chardonnay in 2014. They have since added Pinot Noir to their selections of wine. 7Cellars Address: 8305 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, CA Telephone: (949) 329-5576

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordan

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, collaborates with August Briggs, owner of Briggs & Sons Winemaking Co. of Calistoga to produce his collection of wines. Wines include Pinot Noir, Rose of Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Grapes are sources from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties. Jeff Gordon Cellars

John Legend

John Legend

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and film producer. He has won 11 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Legend Vineyard Exclusive is a collaboration between John Legend and Raymond Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley. Wines produced by LVE include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sparkling Rosé, and a Sparkling Brut Blanc de Blancs. LVE Wines

Kyle MacLachian

Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan, actor is known for his role as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper on the television show Twin Peaks. He has performed in numerous films and other television shows including Desperate Housewives and Sex in the City. Since 2005 he has been the owner of Pursued by Bear Winery in Walla Walla, Washington. His limited edition wines that you don’t want to miss include two Cabernet Sauvignons, a red blend, a Syrah, and a Rosé . Pursued by Bear Address: 173 Middle Waitsburg Rd., Walla Walla, WA Telephone: (509) 524-8175

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews is a singer, songwriter, musician, and record label owner. He is the lead guitarist and singer for the Dave Mathews Band. Dave formed Dreaming Tree Wines In collaboration with winemaker Sean McKenzie. This Sonoma County winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and a red blend which recently won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. All wines are affordably priced at only $15 a bottle. Dreaming Tree Wines

Nicki Minaj

Nickie Minaj

Nickie Minaj is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. She served as a judge on American Idol during the 2012-2013 season. In 2013 she became an owner of MYX Fusions, specializing in producing unique Moscatos and Sangrias. MYX Fusions

Sam Neill

Sam Neill

Sam Neill is an actor who has appeared in many films over the years. He became well known in 1993 for his role as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park. Actor Sam Neill began producing wine in 1997 at his winery in New Zealand. The winery, Two Paddocks, specializes in handcrafted Pinot Noir and Riesling. Their grapes are grown on four organic vineyards located in Central Otago, the most southern wine region of New Zealand. Two Paddocks Address: P. O. Box 506, Alexandra 9340, Central Otqago, New Zealand.

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is a retired professional racing driver. She became the only woman to have won an Indy Car Series race when she won the Indy Japan 300 in 2008. She opened her Napa Valley winery in 2011, naming it Somnium which means “dream” in Latin. Back then production was limited to Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the Cab, the winery now also produces a red blend, Sauvignon Blanc, and a Rosé. Somnium

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad and Angelina have co-owned Miraval Winery in Provence, France since 2012 with the Perrin Family. Miraval produces a popular rosé. In October, 2020 they released a rosé Champagne called Fleur de Miraval. This is a blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir.

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell is an American actor who has starred in numerous movies. The majority of his films were for Disney including the movies The Computer Who Wore Tennish Shoes , The Barefoot Executive., and Superdad. Go Gi Wines is a result of a collaboration with Kurt and Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos Cellars. The winery specializes in high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Go Gi Wines

Sting

Sting

Sting is a musician, singer, and songwriter. He was a member of the rock band, Police, from 1977 until 1984. Since then, he has performed as a solo artist. He has won numerous awards for his talents. Sting and his wife, Trudie, purchased a run-down Italian estate in 1999. After renovations, wine, olive oil, and honey are being produced at their estate, Palagio. Two of the wines are named after Sting song: Sister Moon, When We Dance, Casino Delle Vie.
Train

Train

Train in a rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. They partnered with Acme Wine Movers in 2011 to establish a winery producing wine in Livermore, California. Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. produces seven different varietals of wine, each named after Train songs: Calling All Angels Chardonnay, California 37 Cabernet, Hella Fine Merlot, Soul Sister Pinot Noir, and Drops of Jupiter California Red. Marry Me California Rose, and Bulletproof Picasso Sauvignon Blanc. Proceeds from their wine sales go to Family House, a non-profit organization housing families of children being treated at the University of Calfornia San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Dwayne Wade is a former professional basketball player. Most of his 16 year careet in the NBA was spent playing for the Miami Heat. Wade Cellars is the result of a collaboration between Dwayne Wade and Napa Valley winemaker Jayson Pahlmeyer that began in 2014. Wines include Chenin Blanc, Rosé, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Wade Cellars

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson is a former NFL football player who played for both the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers. While practicing in Napa with the Raiders, he developed an interest in wine. His winery, Twentyfour by Charles Woodson” is a small boutique winery specializing in producing small lots of handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Charles Woodson Wines Address: 902 Enterprise Way, Napa, CA Telephone: (707) 252-3112
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