Get an all-access pass to SLO CAL Harvest Season—and enjoy the wine, too
Sure, you've heard a lot about SLO CAL's award-winning wine regions. But have you ever ventured behind the scenes to see what it takes to really make an award-winning bottle of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon or Edna Valley Chardonnay? Lift the curtain this harvest season—which runs roughly from September through November—and enter a passionate and exhilarating world of flavor, texture and color. Here, vineyard workers race against time to preserve the perfect balance of acid and sugar; whole clusters of grapes are crushed and de-stemmed in the heart of the afternoon; and young barrels are opened early so that the winemaking professionals (and the rest of us) can get a fresh taste of what the next vintage will bring.
With hundreds of unique behind-the-scenes wine events kicking off throughout the energetic and exciting SLO CAL harvest season, you're never far from your next sip. Taste the whole picture along with us:
Can't Miss EventsBack to Top of List
The entire month of October is Harvest Wine Month in Paso Robles Wine Country. The month-long celebration will feature individual experiences at area wineries, including specialty tours, winemaker dinners, grape stomps, extended tasting room hours, music events and more.
Taste the best of the best SLO CAL coastal wines at the annual Harvest on the Coast. Check out the new Sip & Savor event at the Central Coast Aquarium, the re-imagined Grand Tasting at the Avila Beach Golf Course, and the first-ever VIP Rare & Reserve Tasting.
Try some of the best wines from hard-to-find, ultra-premium micro wineries from SLO CAL and all over California at the Garagiste Wine Festival. Here you will find the winemakers and owners pouring the wines themselves to get an intimate, educational experience trying SLO CAL wines and beyond.
Harvest Feasts & Winemaker DinnersBack to Top of List
Celebrate harvest with Tolosa Winery at the Big Bottle Luncheon at Moretti Canyon. The luncheon celebrates the site where Tolosa first began. Enjoy a special harvest feast prepared by Chef Kean McCabe of Earth and Oven all paired with single vineyard wines served from festive large bottles.
Celebrate harvest festival at Cass Winery with tacos and a grape stomp. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco buffet with your first glass of wine on the house! While you’re there, kick off your shoes and stomp some grapes to get the full harvest experience. Also happening at Cass: tasting room hours and live music will be extended until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays during the entire month of October!
Roll up your pant legs and get ready to stomp! Opolo Vineyards is hosting a harvest festival dinner with grape stomping, folk dancing and of course, fabulous Opolo wine. Guests will be treated to some of Opolo’s finest food on their hilltop with menu items including oysters, whole roasted lamb, Sarma, chicken and all the extras. Reserve your tickets today and join Opolo as they celebrate a great start to a successful harvest!
Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery is kicking off harvest festival weekend with a bash to celebrate their 10-year anniversary! Enjoy library and current release wines, passed appetizers, live music and a surf and turf dinner by Chef Roberto.
Join Le Vigne Winery for a four-course winemaker dinner by Chef Walter. The family-style dinner will be paired with their award-winning estate wines. Get your tickets today!
Celebrate harvest with Ancient Peaks Winery out at Santa Margarita Ranch. Enjoy a five-course wine pairing dinner with the winemaking team and Ancient Peaks ownership. The exclusive menu will feature food pairings made by Chef Jeffrey Scott to go with Ancient Peaks select wines.
Join La Lomita Ranch on their meadow for a casual Sunday Harvest Celebration. The wine release and food pairing celebration will include five perfectly paired food & wine stations showcasing La Lomita's recent award-winning wines, paired with select tapas by Chef Spencer of Danior Catering. Immerse yourself in the live music, bocce tournament, corn hole competition and other fun events. Lawn chairs are recommended to enjoy the views and serenity of Edna Valley and La Lomita Ranch.
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Receive 2 for the price of 1 tasting all month long at Hoyt Family Vineyards! Stop by the downtown tasting room or stop by the ranch for a tasting and complementary vineyard tour. Each week Hoyt will be offering different deals on wine purchases so keep an eye out for the various offers!
Four Lanterns Winery is celebrating harvest all month long with special reserve tasting flights Fridays-Sundays. The flight will include their reserve merlot, reserve syrah, reserve cabernet sauvignon and a library red blend.
During the entire month of October, visit Cypher Winery for wine tastings paired with complimentary small plates. The small plates will be created by Cypher Kitchen’s SAM ZinPunk and will be showcasing gourmet farm-to-table creations from Cypher Kitchen.
Visit Fabelist Wine Co. on October 8 for their Harvest 2022 Fall Release Party. General admission is free and there will be wine by the glass, wine by the bottle and food on site available for purchase. Seating is on a first come basis so bringing lawn chairs is encouraged.
Relax at B&E Vineyard and Winery to enjoy harvest weekend in the vineyard. Sample their best in show double gold award-winning Red Rhythm while taking home a logo’d glass as a souvenir.
October 15 & 16
$65 per person
In celebration of Harvest Month, ONX Wines is opening its gates and inviting guests to experience the vineyard at their Templeton estate. You can book one of their private vineyard oases (normally only available for wine club members) and enjoy views of the surrounding vines. Guests will have their own private hideaway, with a choice of a bottle of Mad Crush or Indie Rosé, and a charcuterie board.
Vineyard & Winery ToursBack to Top of List
Tablas Creek Vineyard Harvest Tour
During the entire month of October, visit Tablas Creek for a tasting and tour focused on the energy of harvest, while seeing the regenerative organic certified estate and learning about winemaking techniques.
Vino Vargas Harvest Celebration
$20 tasting fee waived with purchase
Taste méthode champenoise sparkling wines and a full selection of white, red, and dessert wines for the entire month of October. Nibble on small plates such as meats and cheeses while lounging on the terrace and taking in the vineyard views. Winery tours are available so make your reservation today!
Seven Angels Cellars Harvest Month Celebration
Enjoy the fall colors, the scents of the crushed grapes and the taste of award-winning wines at Seven Angels Cellar’s Harvest Celebration. Complimentary vineyard tours are available so book your tasting today!
Vineyard Hike at Alta Colina
October 2 & 16
Celebrate Paso Robles Harvest Month with a hike through Alta Colina's stunning vineyard! Explore 31 planted acres, take in views no one else gets to see, ask all your vineyard-related questions and end with a tasting flight among the vines on their private Sundowner Deck.