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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  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Opolo Vineyards

    Nearly all of Opolo wines are estate vintages, meaning that they are made from grapes grown by th...

  • Robert Hall Winery

    Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lie...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Hunt Cellars

    It started over 20 years ago as a fantasy, living on a lush beautiful vineyard, producing your ow...

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

    Located on Adelaida Road, on the west side of Paso Robles, our property dates to the 1880s, when ...

  • Le Cuvier

    There is firm empirical evidence to the effect that yeast & other varied wine pathogens die of bo...

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  • J Lohr Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Wine review by FFLADY


  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2014

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    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Quinton Estates Paso Robles Viognier 2015

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    Awesome wine for awesome price on 2 for 1 wine sale at BevMo. Wonderful pineapple(wow!) and peach nose, relatively boring citrus taste and long crispy pomelo aftertaste.It's a bit sweet for my personal taste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Adobe White 2014

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    This is the 2014 Clayhouse Adobe White, which is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles. This wine is a nice, enjoyable crisp, aromatic dry fruity white wine which tastes like a cross between a white Loire, and a white Rhone, which makes perfect sense, given the varietals in the blend. It's currently being cl... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Adobe White 2015

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    This is the 2014 Clayhouse Adobe White, not the 2015. It's currently being cleared out in several places for $1.99 a bottle, at which price it's a screaming bargain, as it's a nice interesting bottle of floral dry white that tastes like a cross between a Loire and a Rhone, without any noticeable flaws normally found in $2 wines Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Paso Robles 2014

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    Fully spiced and assertive on the nose, this carries nice baking spice and raspberry aromas with some violet and rose petal notes. Warm, spicy and fruit forward on the palate, this carries raspberry, Bing cherry and chocolate notes with cinnamon and black pepper spice. The finish is a touch herbal and carries good structure, all in all an elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brecon Estate Conviction Adelaida District Paso Robles 2015

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    Fruity on the nose with lemon, grapefruit and green apple notes plush and fresh and a touch of oak. Perky acidity and a bit spicy on the palate, the citrus and stone fruit character continues with white peach, pink grapefruit and lemon pith, finishing with more oak notes that are more on the herbal side than the creamy side. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Niner Twisted Spur 2009

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    Full of currant and earth. Full, round tannins, smooth. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Law Estate Rose 2015

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Caliza Kissin' Cousins Paso Robles 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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