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
 
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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Eberle Winery

    In 1973, Gary Eberle began his career in the wine industry by heading his family’s Estrella Ri...

  • Tobin James

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

  • Alban Vineyards

    Alban Vineyards is a wine estate in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County, California. Winemak...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

    JUSTIN Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The p...

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Opolo Vineyards

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

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  • Pancake Cellars White Blend Paso Robles Big Day White 2009

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    Loved the fruitful flavor Read More

    Wine review by L2theORI


  • Blackburn Zinfandel 2012

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    A bit dusty and meaty on the nose with candied red fruit, candied watermelon notes and some raw wood notes with latex base notes. A bit of a weird we in the mouth with very little upfront fruit followed by building flavors of strawberries and slightly unripe fruit on the backend that carries with it some green fruit acids. Round and sticky on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Adelaida Ice Wine NV

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    Very much enjoyed this dessert wine from Adelaida in Paso. Rich, ripe apricot, honey and orange cream are balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Adelaida Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Very nice cab from Paso. A bit tight on opening. Black and dark blue fruits started to emerge with some medium grain tannins and a medium finish. Just a tad on the hot side at first as well but mellowing a bit with some air time. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Dark but nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by riddleric


  • Testarossa Winery Arroyo Grande Valley Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Vibrant aromas of cherry and strawberry burst through your olfactory senses. A broad spectrum of berry flavors encapsulates the palate with a medium to long finish. Testarossa Winery's First vintage of Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Qupe Syrah Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard 2009

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    Very interesting nosesomewhat earthy, somewhat vegetative, maybe something like cut grass. Fairly delicate on the tip of the tongue. Some cherry/berry flavors. Nice firm acid. Very tame tannins. My feeling is that this is not a long-ager. A good wine now, but no need to allocate storage space for this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Foxglove Chardonnay 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by jstepper


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by Heather B


  • Adelaida Version Red Paso Robles Anna's Vineyard 2011

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    Juicy and tasty red rhone blend from Adelaida in Paso. Lots of dark red and blue fruit but not overly jammy. Ripe blackberry on the nose and palate with some nice crushed plum, ripe black cherry and a touch of raisin. There's a touch of tart acid on the medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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