Paso Robles AVAs
Paso Robles consists of 11 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs). these sub-appellations include:
- Adelaida District
- Creston District
- El Pomar District
- Paso Robles Estrella District
- Paso Robles Geneseo District
- Paso Robles Highlands
- Paso Robles Willow Creek District
- San Juan Creek
- San Miguel District
- Santa Margarita Ranch
- Templeton Gap District
As you may have seen on our other pages, it is important to keep in mind AVAs when you are wine tasting. The AVAs can differ in soil and climate which are two leading factors for how the vines grow and the grapes are produced.
Paso Robles is where our journey began, but also the region that my brother and I most often visit. We have loved so many of the wineries and with over 200 wineries there are still SO MANY to try. If you are planning a trip to Paso and need some ideas of where to go, check out our lists below. If you would like to talk to us more about planning your trip, send us an email or send us a DM at @tastesoftheterroir on Instagram and we will work with you to find the experiences for you.
Our Recommended Wineries
This list does not contain all of the wonderful wineries that are available, but instead it represents a small sampling of some our favorite wineries in Paso Robles. Having visited over 50 of the wineries, Paso is by far the AVA that we have explored the most, but the extent of our exploration makes it challenging to narrow down all of our favorite wineries to a list of 5 because of how many we enjoy. Therefore, the wineries listed are a few of our current favorite wineries to visit based on the quality of our experience due to the atmosphere, wine, and service.
1. Adelaida Vineyards & Winery
Address: 5805 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Phone: (800) 676 – 1232
Try: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and The Don
We first heard of Adelaida when we met the owner at the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival. He told us that you could not go wrong with any of the wineries on Adelaida Rd. and since we had never been to that area of Paso Robles we knew we had to add it to our list. Thanks to his claim, when we visited the Adelaida Rd. we were not surprised to find out that he was absolutely correct! However, Adelaida became one of our favorite wineries and continues to be one of our favorites to this day.
2. Law Estate Wines
Address: 3885 Peachy Canyon Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Thursday – Tuesday 11 am – 4 pm
Phone: (805) 226 – 9200
Try: Beguiling (Fall) and Aspire (Spring)
Law Estate Wines provides visitors with one of the more unique tasting experiences in the area. The tastings at Law are 1 hour-long, seated tasting experiences that require a reservation. Different wines are released during the fall and spring to provide visitors with a unique tasting experience throughout the year.
3. Le Cuvier
Address: 3333 Vine Hill Ln, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Thursday – Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Phone: (805) 238 – 5706
Try: Petite Verdot and L’enfant du Pape
The tasting at Le Cuvier is a bit on an investment compared to most of the wineries in Paso, but they reward your investment with some of the most creative food pairings that we have experienced at a winery. Since the tasting room sits on top of a hill, you can also experience an amazing view as you sip on any of their delicious wines.
4. Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden
Address: 5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Phone: (805) 226 – 8881
Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden represents one of the most interesting experiences available in Paso. Visitors that stop by the tasting room get to experience fine wine and fine art as they are greeted with many sculptures from famed sculpture John Jagger.
5. Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery
Address: 5940 Union Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Daily 11 am – 4:45 pm
Phone: (805) 238 – 1854
Try: The Crash, Viognier, and Zinfandel
Steinbeck has such an inspiring history with our military. When a military plane crashed, the Steinbeck family were the first on the scene and helped rescue the crew. That is why one of their wines, a blend of Cabernet, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Viognier, is called “The Crash”. **Fun Fact** if you visit Steinbeck during Vintage Paso (formerly known as Zinfest) you have to try their venison sausage and tri-tip. It is cooked to perfection!
6. Tolo Cellars
Address: 9750 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Thursday – Monday 11 am – 5 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
Phone: (805) 226 – 2282
Try: Delos, Assini, and Aria
We found Tolo at the Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles and have been fans of Josh’s wines ever since. Josh primarily focuses on red wines, but he just released a Rose that we can’t wait to try on our next trip up to Paso. When you drop by don’t forget to read the tasting notes, the tasting notes are some of the best I have ever seen with the most creative descriptions of the wine.
7. Ecluse Wines
Address: 1520 Kiler Canyon Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Thursday – Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Phone: (805) 238 – 4999
Try: Insider, Finis, and Rendition
Favorite Urban Tasting Rooms
We think it is valuable to provide a different list for the tasting rooms located in downtown Paso Robles or Tin City as they are not going to provide the same experience (i.e., visitors will not be on property, seeing the vines, etc.). Included below are a few of our favorite urban tasting rooms.
1. Serrano Wine
Address: 1244 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Friday – Sunday 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: (805) 975 – 9863
Try: Monastrell and Firebolt
Favorite Dining Locations
More wineries are beginning to offer different levels of food options for patrons. However, if you are in need of food before or after starting your wine experience, check out these Paso Robles restaurants.
Best for: Breakfast or Brunch
Address: 840 13th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Thursday – Monday 9 am – 2 pm
Phone: (805) 762 – 4960
2. Joe’s Place
Best for: Breakfast
Address: 305 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Monday – Saturday 6 am – 2 pm; Sunday 7 am – 2 pm
Phone: (805) 238 – 5637
3. Springside Restaurant
Best for: Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
Address: 1646 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Daily 7 am – 2 pm; 5 pm – 9 pm
Phone: (805) 238 – 2629
4. Taste Craft Eatery!
Best for: Dinner
Address: 810 11th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: (805) 200-2978
1. Spearhead Coffee
Address: 619 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 6 pm; Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6 pm
Phone: (805) 296 – 3328
Other Tasting Experiences
- Barrelhouse Brewing Co.
Address: 3055 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Daily 11 am – 9 pm
Phone: (805) 296 – 1128
- Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Address: 3993, 1400 Ramada Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Daily 11 am – 9 pm
Phone: (805) 225 – 5911
- Kilokilo Brewing Company – check KiloKilo’s Facebook or Yelp for info.
Address: 3340 Ramada Dr Suite C, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Sunday 11 am – 7 pm; Wednesday/Thursday 3 pm – 8 pm; Friday 2 pm – 9 pm; Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Phone: (805) 296 – 3670
- Tin City Cider
Address: 3005 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 8 pm; Friday/Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Phone: (805) 293 – 6349
- Pendray’s Distillery
Address: 95 Booker Rd, Templeton, CA 93465
Hours: Daily 11 am – 4 pm
Phone: (805) 239 – 2229
- Check back later for more recommendations
(All wineries, breweries, restaurants, and distilleries are listed in alphabetical order, recommended locations are current as of July 2019)
Disclaimer: These lists are formed based on our personal experience and not sponsored in any sense by the wineries or restaurants.