San Luis Obispo County Wine

 

San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Spanish missionaries began wine-making here over two centuries ago for ceremonial wines made from the Mission (a.k.a. Pais) grape. 
 
The area has two microclimates. Cooler conditions in the north are ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production, while the warmer south cultivates Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. 
There are four subregions within San Luis Obispo:
Arroyo Grande Valley
Edna Valley
Paso Robles
York Mountain
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of San Luis Obispo County

  • Arroyo Grande Valley

    Few wineries make their home in the Arroyo Grande Valley, but the appellation offers a rich diver...

  • Edna Valley

      The Edna Valley AVA is located within San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

Popular Wineries in San Luis Obispo County View all

  • Adelaida Cellars

    Adelaida's wines begin at the roots, pushing through the rocky limestone soils on the west side...

  • Castoro Cellars

    The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of ...

  • Edna Valley Vineyard

    Just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley Vineyard has one of the longest and coolest g...

  • EOS Estate Winery

    Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses s...

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

    The vineyards are selected not by where they are, but what is planted in the soil. Harvesting dec...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

    The vision of three motivated people helped make Calcareous Vineyard a reality. Lloyd Messer sold...

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  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles 2015

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    Translucent ruby in color. Dark fruit with a tad of mint on the nose. It gives a dark cherry fruit in the mouth with a little tartness and a earthy bitterness on the finish. Does it have garrique? No but there is that earthiness on the finish that hints at herbs. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2013

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    best chilled, producing a subtle flavor that passes quietly across the palate and is not overtly sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Testarossa Winery Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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    Delightfuly fruity nose. Full bodied with a great finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Braxton Hall Paso Robles 2013

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    what a surprise from California no less. very smooth and silky. a wine to make the French blush Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Rose 2016

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    Chunky cherry and watermelon fruit with deep earth aromas and a bit of spice. A bit bitter on the palate with edges of cherry and flabby watermelon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Rose California 2017

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    Earthy, smoldering herb and cherry notes on the nose with some minerality and strawberry. Zesty and fresh on the palate with light watermelon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Field Recordings Creston Ridge Vineyard Sangiovese Rose Paso Robles 2017

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    Fresh peach and dried persimmon notes with a hint of something herbal and a bit of fresh melon. Zesty and bright on the palate with orange leaf, creamsicle and strawberry notes with a really pleasant fresh pumpkin note and a floral finish. Truly intriguing and a nice departure from the norm. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Field Recordings French Camp Vineyards Valdiguie Rose Paso Robles 2017

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    Strawberry with hay and barley aromas, a touch of cherry and some citrus notes on the nose. This is a bit biscuity on the palate with loads of citrus zest and sparkly acidity, cherry, grapefruit and tangerine fruit, some melon rind and a finish of warm spice and a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Elevation 1250' 2013

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    Surprisingly not hot with a 14.5% alcohol by volume. Nothing too special. It was a little disjointed. Nothing offensive. I would expect more staying power and this had medium weight. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Tangent Sauvignon Blanc

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    No written review

    Wine review by LJBT


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