The Paso Robles wine region offers many options. There are nice wineries on the east side of Highway 101 along 46E and a bunch more on the west side of Highway 101 on 46W. But, you'll also find a lot of nice wineries off the beaten path.
If you travel west on Highway 46W, you'll pass all the wineries described last time. But, if you make your way to Vineyard Drive and head north, you'll drive into some beautiful country that's dotted with wineries. Along the way, some of the highlights include:
- Opolo - Along with great wines, Opolo has "Pairings on the Patio" with pizzas, sausages, cheeses and salads, along with The Inn at Opolo if you're interested in staying in wine the heart of wine country.
- Oso Libre - Winery and cattle ranch where you can be both a wine club member and a member of The Black Angus Beef Club. 100% energy sustainable.
- Brecon - Nestled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles, this small winery sells its wines exclusively through their tasting room.
- Whalebone - Another small family-owned winery producing from a site where actual whale bones were discovered while planting the vines.
- Tablas Creek - One of the premiere makers of Rhône style blends having imported new cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc from the Beaucastel estate in France.
- Justin - Another of the bigger players in Paso Robles, Justin produces wine you may see in stores but, like most wineries, server and sell their best at the winery.
Then, you can head back into downtown Paso Robles along Adelaida Road that also boasts a bunch of good wineries:
- Halter Ranch - A beautiful tasting room overlooking the vast vineyards serves Bordeaux and Rhône blend wines.
- Adelaida - With property at 2300 ft, their beautiful new tasting room overlooks their grove of almond trees and the vast rolling hills of the Adelaida district.
- Lone Madrone - The 'hobby' of the Tablas Creek winemaker, this winery is named for the lone Madrone tree that sits atop the vineyard hillside.
- Daou - Sitting atop the hills of western Paso Robles, this winery has spectacular views that match their spectacular facility and wines.
But wait, there's still more! Next time we'll look at some other wineries tucked away among the hills and valleys of Paso Robles. Until then, cheers!