Grab a glass in Edna Valley, where rich Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs abound
When you think of SLO CAL wine, Paso Robles likely comes to mind. But what locals know is that the Edna Valley Wine Region also offers an array of wineries—right in the heart of San Luis Obispo County. Known for its rich Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Edna Valley is home to more than 27 different tasting rooms. The recent opening of Farmhouse Corner Market, with its farm-to-table breakfast and lunch menu, homemade to-go meals and artisanal breads, cheeses and treats, makes Edna Valley an even more desirable tasting location.
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly winery or an elevated wine experience, this SLO CAL gem offers it all. As we celebrate September Wine Month in SLO CAL, here are a few Edna Valley wineries that will make you want to stop and take a sip:
1. Sextant Winery
Located in Old Edna, a historic townsite established in 1909 to serve the railroad, Sextant’s tasting room shares a space with the Old Edna General Store and The Gourmet Deli. Taste at the indoor bar or grab some food and find a seat outside.
Pro Tip: The Pinot Noirs are delicious, but the Sextant Tannat is a fruit-forward, full-bodied wine that’s sure to please even the most refined palate.
2. Biddle Ranch Vineyard
At the mouth of Biddle Ranch Road—one of Edna Valley’s main thoroughfares—sits Biddle Ranch Vineyard. The tasting room boasts views of rolling hills and Chardonnay grapes growing on the vine. Biddle Ranch’s outdoor space is elegant, comfortable and easily accommodates large groups of people. We guarantee you’ll want to grab some friends and stay a while.
Pro Tip: The 2016 Pinot Noir is light and delicious while the Evviva is sure to please bolder palates.
3. Wolff Vineyard
Family-owned and family-friendly, a visit to Wolff Vineyards feels like home—with a beautiful view. The welcoming and knowledgeable staff makes even a novice wine drinker feel comfortable and the tasting menu is just as approachable.
Pro Tip: The Red Wolff is sure to appeal to most palates while the Petite Syrah offers something a bit more robust for those who dare to taste.
4. Chamisal Vineyards
Specializing in sustainably produced Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Chamisal showcases what Edna Valley is all about—great views and great wine. Enjoy a tasting on the picturesque back patio or book a private tasting and estate vineyard tour.
Pro Tip: The Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay is perhaps their most famous wine, but the Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is a lesser-known delight.
5. Tolosa Winery
If you’re looking for an elevated wine experience in Edna Valley, Tolosa Winery is the place to visit. Owners Robin and Michelle Baggett and their staff deliver an immersive, upscale tasting environment with wines that match the surroundings. Be sure to ask about their vineyard excursions and harvest tours!
Pro Tip: The Chardonnays on the tasting flight only get better—and more flavorful—as you go along. The Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for a warm afternoon; and if you’re looking to impress your friends, a bottle of the Poletti is sure to do the trick.
Looking for some more recommendations? Here are a few more amazing Edna Valley Wineries:
Claiborne and Churchill- Get the Gewurztraminer.
Baileyana- Bring the kids, pack a picnic and play some bocce ball.
Timbre Tasting Room- Located a bit outside Edna Valley’s main thoroughfares, but the wines (some of which are on tap) are deliciously eclectic. Pro tip: If you like Rosé, you won’t want to miss Timbre’s.