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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Varietals Produced in San Luis Obispo County View all

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Le Cuvier

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

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

    Since 1981 Martin & Weyrich has planted more than 250 acres in San Luis Obispo County. Currently ...

  • 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...

  • Silver Stone Winery

    Wine has been enjoyed by people for almost ten thousand years. It has been imbued with mythologic...

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San Luis Obispo County on Snooth

  • Four Sisters Ranch Paso Robles Limited-Edition Zinfandel 2011

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Brecon Estate Zinfandel Tannat Paso Robles 2014

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    Soft strawberry and cherry aromas with a hint of clay, wild flowers and cinnamon spice. This is expansive and explosive on the palate, very fruity with notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry set against a bracing acidity that carries a wave of spice with it and leaves structural tannins and notes of blueberry and chocolate in its wake. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ancient Peaks Renegade Red Blend Santa Margarita Ranch Paso Robles 2014

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    Dry and dusty earth notes on the nose mask the fruit but after a few shakes they open, showing ripe strawberry and raspberry notes. The palate is all fruit on the attack, with blueberry, cranberry, strawberry and raspberry rushing in followed by juicy acidity, hot spice and earthy licorice and eucalyptus notes following towards the finish with m... Read More

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  • Onx Wines Mad Crush Paso Robles 2014

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    Smoky, red berry and red cherry aromas with a dash of heat and a pop of black pepper spice. Full and robust palate of ripe cherry, strawberry, raspberry and red licorice, this is a touch imbalanced at times but does demonstrate good ripe fruit and a bit of chocolate on the finish. Read More

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  • Peachy Canyon Cabernet Syrah Paso Robles 2013

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    Dark black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon, clove and vanilla spice aromas with creamy milk chocolate. Richly textured, broadly structured and commanding on the palate, this starts with black olive and leads directly into dark chocolate, blackberry, black currant and bramble fruit, leading finally into a black pepper and licorice finish that linger... Read More

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  • Peachy Canyon Winery Cirque du Vin Red Blend Paso Robles 2012

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    Sultry, smoky and spicy aromas of savory earth and cracked black pepper with notes of black cherry and blackberry. Zesty mixed berry palate is quite fruity with more red fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry with an herbal hint of licorice and dark spice, a creamy texture on the finish, and a lively acidity throughout. Easy and approac... Read More

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  • Le Vigne Cuore Della Vigna Estate Paso Robles 2013

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    Savory soy sauce and beef stew aromas with intriguing minerality and ripe cherry, mixed berry and baking spice. In the mouth it's considerably cooler, bringing milk chocolate and zesty spice, a zip of acidity towards the finish and a palate of fruit flavors, mostly raspberry, cherry, blueberry and cranberry. Fruit forward and approachable, with ... Read More

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  • Hearst Ranch Winery Randolph Red Blend Paso Robles 2014

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    On the nose there's a hint of earth and light smoke with loads of fresh fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and cranberry with a small earthy whiff of savory and meaty spice. More expressive fruit on the palate, cherry, raspberry and creamy milk chocolate on the mid palate with an herbal almost minty note towards the finish that is glazed with pep... Read More

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  • Justin Vineyards & Winery Savant Paso Robles 2014

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    Savory and spicy on the nose and quite concentrated with dark black currant and blackberry preserve notes and powerful sweet spice. Richly flavorful and full on the palate, still this is deceptive and seems lighter than it is. Flavors are well developed and complex with dark chocolate and raspberry flavors set against darker black cherry and bla... Read More

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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


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