Sip, sample, and savor your way through San Luis Obispo County.
Our Central Coast haven is the perfect destination for travelers looking to treat their taste buds to some of the finest wines and sophisticated cuisine in the country. With over 200 wineries and an array of premier dining destinations, SLO County offers a wide variety of options for you to create your own culinary adventure.
Here are a few ideas to get you started...
1. Paso Robles
Paso Robles is the third largest wine country region in California, and its vineyards and wineries yield unique, flavorful wines of award-winning quality. Rhone varietals are grown throughout the region, producing big, fruit-forward tastes that rival those made around the world.
WINE - Niner Wine Estates
Tastings are available on a daily basis at most Paso wineries, and visitors are continually impressed by superior flavors and technique. Niner Wine Estates offers hand-crafted wines produced with state-of-the-art LEED Silver Certified technology. In 2001 Dick Niner founded the award-winning winery that now offers a selection of estate-grown red and white wines, as well as extra-virgin olive oil. Stop by their Hospitality Center for the Niner experience.
DINE - Artisan
Artisan is a childhood dream come true for the Kobayashi brothers - and Chris and Michael are a powerhouse duo. Their restaurant offers a cool, sophisticated atmosphere and a tempting selection of gourmet local fare. They proudly support the Paso wine community and hope to give their customers a "particularly American Bistro experience."
A few lovely treasures lie along the coast between SLO County and Monterey. Cambria is a seemingly untouched village just south of San Simeon, "where the pines meet the sea." The quaint artists' colony offers a small selection of unique shops, eateries, and art galleries. Just south is Harmony, a unique, little town located on Highway 1 between Cambria and Cayucos. What's interesting about this charming Central Coast town is its population - 18. Needless to say, both destinations offer the opportunity to "get away" from it all.
WINE - Harmony Cellars
While inhabitants may be scarce, delicious wine isn't. Harmony Cellars Winery overlooks the quaint town and offers award-winning wines and a remarkable view of the scenic coast. Its design emulates the natural beauty and serenity of the area and guests can stroll through gardens, lounge in the gazebo, or enjoy a picnic. Visit their tasting room for gourmet food and wines served by a friendly staff.
DINE - Madeline's Restaurant
Madeline's Restaurant and Wine Shop serves local boutique wines and American-French inspired cuisine. The restaurant is conveniently located just of Highway 1 and the cozy atmosphere is perfect for a post-wine tasting meal. Diners can relax and enjoy fresh appetizers, salads, and entrees enhanced with the chef's local flair.
3. Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande is a charming town located just off of Highway 101 on the southern brink of SLO County. The pedestrian-friendly community is considered a gateway to the sprawling wine country regions of Edna Valley and the South County - but it has some exceptional vineyards itself.
WINE - Laetitia Winery
The Laetitia Estate Vineyards were planted in 1982 by French viticulturists who sought to create wines reminiscent of their homeland, and found the perfect conditions in the Arroyo Grande Valley. The vineyard now offers wines crafted from estate-grown fruits, produced with sustainable technology. Stop by and sip on some delicious wine while playing a game of bocce ball or taking in gorgeous coastal views.
DINE - F. McClintocks
F. McClintocks Saloon and Dining House is perched on the foothills that overlook the beautiful Pismo Coast just north of Arroyo Grande. The restaurant is a local favorite and truly represents the spirit of SLO County cuisine. Guests can expect "authentic ranch-style cooking and atmosphere teamed up with high-spirited service and genuine western hospitality." Try something off of the legendary oak-pit barbeque or choose from a selection of fresh seafood and salads.
4. San Luis Obispo & Edna Valley
The Edna Valley region spans for a dozen miles from Arroyo Grande to San Luis Obispo through picturesque, vine covered countryside. The area yields delicious, Central Coast wines and offers 3,000 acres of breathtaking views of rolling hills and cascading rows of juicy grapes. San Luis Obispo's own wine region yields world-class chardonnays and pinot noirs, as well as less common varietals like Rieslings and gewürztraminers.
The area's Saucelito Canyon Winery is known for developing one of California's most distinguished Zinfandels. Saucelito blends sustainable winegrowing techniques with family tradition to produce a unique winemaking style - they call it the "Saucelito Way." Kick back and sample wine and cheese at their tasting room, conveniently situated near San Luis Obispo and Highway 101.
DINE - Novo Restaurant and Lounge
Novo Restaurant and Lounge offers upscale global dining at a posh, creek side location. Enjoy rich, worldwide fare in the heart of down town San Luis Obispo and choose from the ambient patio creek setting, intimate bar lounge, or downstairs cellar. Guests can expect innovative cuisine and a memorable San Luis dining experience.
5. Santa Margarita & Templeton
Just east of Paso Robles lies the unincorporated area of Santa Margarita. The area is rich in agriculture and historical character and is truly reminiscent of the archetypal small American town. Santa Margarita is known for a strong Spanish heritage and a beautiful lake and recreation area - but let's not forget the wine.
WINE - Ancient Peaks Winery
The mountains surrounding Ancient Peaks Winery not only shaped the landscape, they also influenced the climate and soil. The area's complex soil zones translate directly to the distinct flavors of its wines and Ancient Peaks has harnessed the unique geographic characteristics to produce delicious results. Visit their tasting room to experience the flavors of Santa Margarita wine country.
DINE - McPhee's Grill
Enjoy award-winning barbeque, one of the Central Coast's most popular dining traditions, at McPhee's Grill. Located just south of Santa Margarita in Templeton, the upscale eatery offers an upscale American dining experience at a reasonable price. Stop in to try Chef Ian's unique creations, and don't forget to ask for "the best table in town."