In the rolling hills and sun-kissed vineyards of SLO CAL, lies an abundance of sustainable wineries producing some of the finest wines in San Luis Obispo County. What sets these wineries apart is not just the exceptional quality of their wines but also their commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

From organic farming methods to energy-efficient processes, each of these wineries exemplifies a dedication to sustainability that extends beyond the vineyard. Join us as we raise a glass to sustainability and explore the unique stories behind five sustainable wineries, certified and crafted with care in SLO CAL.

Tablas Creek Vineyard1. Tablas Creek Vineyard

Tablas Creek Vineyard holds the title of being the first Regenerative Organic Certified vineyard in the world. The Regenerative Organic Alliance established this certification in 2017 with the mission of promoting three pillars: soil health, animal welfare and social fairness.

To earn this certification, Tablas Creek meets extensive requirements, taking action to build healthy soils rich in organic matter. Through cover cropping, incorporation of livestock grazing and habitat creation for beneficial insects, the vineyard employs various regenerative farming tactics to meet these standards. In addition to this certification, the vineyard is also organic and Biodynamic certified, demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.

Located in Paso Robles, Tablas Creek invites visitors to experience the essence of their sustainable approach firsthand. With four solar arrays, the vineyard uses renewable energy to power their winery, office and tasting room. Discover a diverse range of wines in light weight packaging, explore the vineyard and energy-efficient cellar on guided tours or simply soak in the breathtaking beauty of Tablas Creek, where sustainability shines from vineyard to bottle.

Niner Winery2. Niner Wine Estates

Niner Wine Estates is LEED Certified, recognized for their high-performance green buildings that include motion-activated lights, night-air cooling and a water reclamation system. The estate is also SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified, taking a sustainable and environmentally conscious approach in all its operations.

Nestled in sunny Paso Robles, Niner harnesses solar energy to power the entire estate and designs buildings with energy efficiency in mind, using insulation, scalable systems and natural light. Their water conservation efforts include capturing rainwater with an industry-leading system, storing it in ponds for summer use and recycling wastewater for vineyard irrigation via a closed-loop system.

At Niner Wine Estates, sustainability isn't just a practice—it's a way of life. But that's not all; it's also an incredible destination for wine enthusiasts to explore the distinct flavors of three unique vineyard sites. Indulge in a delightful tasting experience paired with a seasonal lunch menu crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere and savor the harmonious blend of wine and food amidst the picturesque surroundings of Niner Wine Estates.

Chamisal Vineyard3. Chamisal Vineyards

Chamisal Vineyards has been SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified since 2010, setting the standard for environmentally responsible winegrowing practices. In 2020, the vineyard embarked on an exciting new chapter, embracing biodynamic practices and introducing a host of regenerative agricultural initiatives.

From the installation of a vibrant Miyawaki forest to the creation of a community vegetable garden that supports the San Luis Obispo Food Bank, Chamisal is dedicated to nurturing both the earth and its community. The vineyard embraces nature's own pest control methods, fostering a healthy population of birds and owls that keep unwanted pests in check. By eliminating herbicides and implementing cover crops, Chamisal enhances biodiversity while maintaining the delicate balance of the vineyard ecosystem.

Located in Edna Valley, Chamisal Vineyards invites visitors to explore a range of tasting experiences. Whether you prefer the tranquility of the Estate Patio or the sophistication of the Bubbles & Caviar offerings, there's something for every palate. Elevate your tasting journey by pairing it with fresh charcuterie plates and grazing boxes, adding delightful culinary delights to your visit.

Booker Exterior

4. Booker Vineyard

In 2023, Booker Vineyard achieved a significant milestone by earning a Regenerative Organic Certification. This notable accomplishment, combined with its existing CCOF Organic certification, establishes Booker as a leader in sustainable viticulture on the Central Coast.

At Booker Vineyard, you won't find any artificial chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in sight. Instead, prepare to be wowed by their cutting-edge approach to pest control: lithium battery drones. These innovative devices spread beneficial insects throughout the vineyard, all while avoiding fossil fuels, soil compaction and carbon emissions. Furthermore, Booker Vineyard harnesses solar energy for power and is in the process of electrifying its vineyard vehicles.

And if that isn't impressive enough, be sure to visit Booker’s state-of-the-art visitor center located in Paso Robles. Discover the exclusive Cave Lounge, where guests can browse the founder's personal wine library, or step into the Booker Archives, showcasing a remarkable collection of rare wines. This refined atmosphere sets the stage for a luxurious tasting experience, ensuring that visitors leave with memories to cherish!

Cass Winery

5. Cass Winery

As a Certified California Sustainable Winegrower, Cass Winery is committed to reducing its carbon footprint while nurturing its land and resources. Through initiatives focused on water conservation, energy management and biodiversity preservation, Cass Winery is dedicated to sustainable practices aimed at preserving the natural beauty of Paso Robles.

Cass Winery uses drip irrigation for their vines, preventing water waste and run-off. At the center of the vineyard is a two-acre wide water reservoir that allows Cass to recycle 100% of their winery wastewater back to their reservoir for reuse in drip irrigation. Additionally, Cass Winery refrains from using harsh chemical pesticides or fertilizers, prioritizing natural methods for animal and pest prevention.

Whether you're exploring the tasting room, indulging in a luxurious stay at their boutique hotel or cruising around the property on electric bikes, Cass Winery offers a variety of experiences tailored to each visitor's interests. From archery and paint 'n sip sessions to cooking classes and axe throwing, Camp CASS invites guests to partake in unforgettable activities. All the while, soak in the stunning vineyard views while savoring world-class wine and award-winning cuisine.

The Future of Wine

These SLO CAL wineries aren't just places to enjoy a glass of wine; they're innovators in sustainability, proving that delicious wines can be produced with minimal impact on the planet. 

As we raise our glasses to these sustainable wineries, let's toast to their commitment and vision for a greener, more sustainable future and preserving the land of San Luis Obispo County. Here's to the beauty of SLO CAL and the incredible sustainable wines it has to offer!