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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

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

  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • Tobin James

    It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin...

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

    Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vine...

  • Edna Valley Vineyard

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

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Gravity Hills

    GRAVITY HILLS wines are made by a small group of friends who have worked together in the wine bus...

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  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard 2001

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    http://www.snooth.com/wine/zinfandel-pesenti-vineyard-turley-cellars-2006/ The 2006. Tasted 1/6/2017 -Excellent choice of an amazing wine to bring to a Med-style Italian Venue. -light sediment and amazing cork. The guest subscribes to Turley and also shared the Marcassin in the past. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Margate Paso Robles Red Blend 2014

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    Another Tasting Room selection. Not much here. A bit too fruit forward and one dimensional for my tastes. Having this once is enough. Description from Tasting Room site is pretty accurate - just not much here...'This flavorful red shows freshness and an attractive core of ripe cherry and plum characters mingling with darker, stewed-fruit nuances... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Justin Vineyards Justification Paso Robles 2014

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    Soft strawberry and raspberry aromas with powdered sugar and cinnamon spice, delicate but assertive and fresh. Juicy and expansive on the palate, showing incredible depth and complexity, supple but well structured tannins, creamy textured mouthfeel and full red fruit flavors of tart cranberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Finishes with dark... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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    Dusty raspberry and cherry aromas with an earthy note of very light smoke and cinnamon. This delivers strong fruit flavors of strawberry, mixed berry and cherry cola with earthy minerality towards the finish that supports the spice and good structure holding up the wine. An enjoyable and approachable bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot 2014

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    Great balance of fruit and oak. Not too dry, but not sweet at all92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Very light and smooth Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015

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    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Rabbit Ridge Chardonnay Paso Robles 2014

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    Golden straw color, with a few tiny bits of what appears to be cork floating around. Right off the bat there is a briny, green olive aroma with a bit of dill which yields to vanilla, Crème brûlée, candied pecans, and buttered popcorn. On the palate there is a slight saline minerality, pear, fresh squash, and browned butter. The mouthfeel is crea... Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • J. Dusi Wines Neveridle Vineyard Sly 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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