When it comes to SLO CAL activities, an endless amount of options are available, with no two itineraries ever looking the same. But there’s one selection that makes it onto most visitors’ lists—wine tasting. Is sipping a glass of local wine on your must-do list?
With more than 250 wineries spread among two major wine grape-growing regions—Paso Robles and the San Luis Obispo wine country—SLO CAL offers a variety of tasting experiences. More than 40 wine grape varieties grow in SLO CAL, producing internationally acclaimed wines that can be sampled at more than 100 tasting rooms, each with its own character and vibe. Designated wine trails and clustered tasting rooms make it easy to explore SLO CAL’s wineries, whether for an afternoon or a long weekend of tasting.
From boutique wineries to large producers, SLO CAL hospitality welcomes you in and invites you to linger. You’ll feel right at home, whether you’re a wine enthusiast or simply beginning the journey of discovering wines. Whatever level of wine knowledge you may have, there’s no rush to leave. And why would you want to? Views of rolling vine-covered hills entice you to relax. Uncrowded roads encourage exploration. Pack a picnic, and lunch among the vines. Feeling adventurous? Check out zip lining or cycling through the vines. Sometimes, the best approach is to just sit back and savor the moment.
San Luis Obispo Wine Country includes two American Viticultural Areas—Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande. The continual stream of coastal marine air from the nearby Pacific Ocean produces a steady balance in the fruit, resulting in full-flavored, consistent and complex wines. These distinct growing conditions are reflected in the wines, no matter the varietal and style. Populated primarily by artisan vintners and family wineries, SLO Wine Country tends to focus on cooler climate varietals. Enjoy a sip of the region’s acclaimed wines, set against the backdrop of uncomplicated elegance, and mere minutes from the coast.
Named Sunset Magazine’s “Best Wine Region in the West” in 2016 and “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2013, Paso Robles is quickly becoming a favorite among wine lovers. As California’s fastest-growing wine district and largest geographic appellation, the region grows more than 40 wine grape varieties, boasting varietals from albarino to zinfandel—the area’s heritage wine varietal—with lots of cabernet in between. The long growing season features hot days and cool nights, giving the grapes an opulent, dynamic flavor that’s reflected in the wines. Wine-related events happen most every weekend in Paso Robles, including several major festivals like the signature Paso Robles Wine Festival in May.