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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

    The finest wines are made in the vineyard by producing premium quality fruit that expresses th...

  • Castoro Cellars

    The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of ...

  • Eberle Winery

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

  • Barrel 27

    Mac got into food and wine during his early twenties via his friends and coworkers at Trader Joe’...

  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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

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  • Adelaida Finder 2012


    Really enjoyed this Paso white Rhone blend! Nice touch of lemon pith combined with dried fig, pear and a touch of apricot. This has medium acidity, medium body and a crisp mid-length finish. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Lohr Me Los Osos 2007


    I tried the 2007 1/2 bottle and was impressed. Learned this "Merlot" is actually a "Bordeaux Blend." I'd like to know the percentages of Merlot, Cab. Sauv., Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cab. Franc which made this vintage. Read More

    Wine review by doro72phil

  • Summerland Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2012


    Very "light" appearing red color--a lot of light passes through. Not a terribly big nose--some fruit hints, some spicy hints. Very light on the tongue--this is one step away from a rose in body. Quite fruity on the tip of the tongue--mostly cherries. Tartness makes this a good candidate for food pairing. US$19.99 at Costco in Chino Hills. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Laetitia Pinot Noir Reserve du Domaine 2012


    Too early to enjoy this wine, tight tannin structure. In six month time this wine will be ready. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Adelaida Cellars Anna's Vineyard Syrah 2010


    Well balanced syrah from Paso Robles. Not overly jammy or extracted but well rounded with loads of dark cherry and plum. Fairly smooth tannins, fresh, inky purple and a nice medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2011


    For an inexpensive cabernet, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice fruit with acceptable body and pleasant finish. Give it few minutes to open up. I will buy it again to drink with my baked ziti. Glad I took a chance. Read More

    Wine review by salparad1se

  • Vinum Cellars Zinfandel 2011


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  • Mark West Pinot Noir 2009


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    Wine review by asaracho

  • High On the Hog White Paso Robles 2010


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    Wine review by tjjm

  • Justin Syrah Paso Robles 2010


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    Wine review by puhnner

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