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You may know that California is quite popular for its wine regions. The third largest and fastest growing wine region in California is Paso Robles. Also known as Pass of the Oaks, Paso Robles is located between San Francisco and Los Angeles and a great wine tasting destination.
Things to Know about Paso Robles
Although Paso Robles is thriving in the wine industry, it is also full of rich history and culture. Here are a few things to know about Paso Robles if you are planning a trip to this intriguing wine country:
It’s named after the oak trees. “The Pass of the Oaks” was given to the town in 1889 for its beautiful and abundant oak trees.
The Spanish and Franciscans introduced wine grapes. In 1797, the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscan missionaries introduced wine to this fabulous region.
It’s also Almond Capital of the World. There are over 25,000 acres of almond orchards in Paso Robles making it the largest concentration of almond orchards in the world.
There’s a Paso Robles App. Seriously, you can download the app to find wineries, tasting trails, shuttles, limos, tours, restaurants, events, and more.
You will find popular wine varietals. The most widely planted varitals found in Paso Robles are Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Voted 4.6 stars out of 5 on Yelp, Eberle Winery is one of visitors favorite wine tasting places. Eberle has some of the most beautiful grounds and an amazing wine cave. Situated on a small hill above Route 46, the layout of the winery gives you the feel of being in a deep, secluded vineyard.
Not only does Eberle serve amazing wines, but you can play bocce, take a cave tour, or enjoy your wines with a food pairing. Be sure to call for a reservation if you are going with a large group. You won’t be disappointed at this winery.
With 4.7 stars, L’Aventure Winery is one of the best wineries producing red wine blends of the Bordeaux and Rhone grape varietals. The winery is located along the Pacific Coast in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range offering picturesque views and feeling of serenity.
With personally trained tasting associates, the owner Stephan Asseo, ensures you will get the knowledge of the vineyard, the winemaking process, and the history that comes along with every wine tasting experience. The walk through of the winery and caves tour is exquisite. Wine tasting is only open by appointment, so make sure you call and book your reservation today.
DAOUVineyards is another almost 5 star winery and a must see! Not to mention, this place is challenging Napa Valley and their Cabernet Sauvignon. So, if you have tried the Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, you will have to swing by the DAOU Vineyards to compare. Here, you can also enjoy award winning wines with a gourmet meal and hospitality that will keep you coming back year after year. Don’t forget to check out the events page for more than just a wine tasting experience.
You should definitely add Epoch Estates Wines to your list of wine tasting places in Paso Robles. It is a little off the beaten path, but don’t let the drive discourage you. The beauty of the winery and the quality of the wine is worth every second. Plus the drive is a picturesque view of winding roads through a thick wooded countryside, rolling hills, and oak trees. Try Rhone varietals, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo for a tasting experience out of this world.
You can choose from a number of tasting and tour options at Halter Ranch. And, the winery offers a complimentary tour of their winery grounds and caves to give you a historical overview of the winery as well as future endeavors. Make sure you can spend 45-minutes for the tour. Additionally, you can enjoy live music and wood-fired pizza every Sunday during the summer months.
I would personally recommend the reserve excursion. This three-hour event starts you out with a drive through the vineyards. At the highest point of the area, you will stop for a tasting of their delectable reserve wines. You will then continue the tour through their new construction where you learn about the winemaking process. You will finish up in their exclusive member’s lounge where you are treated to their current release wines. All this for $45 is a great deal.
If you are looking for a little more of an upscale winery, JadaVineyard and Winery is described as sleek and beautiful. With majestic views of the rolling vineyards, you will want to sit and enjoy the scenery for hours. Jada is famous for its bold wines, but they also offer a cheese pairing to elevate your tasting experience. The prices are a little higher than other wineries, but their wine and cheese pairing is totally worth the cost. Not to mention this is one of the hottest places to be in Paso Robles.
If you go wine tasting at any of these wineries in Paso Robles, we are sure you will have a fabulous experience!
Have you visited any of these amazing wineries in Paso Robles? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below! If you have other wineries you think are amazing, go ahead and share those as well for other readers to enjoy!
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