Paso Robles has an older wine growing tradition than Napa Valley but the former is more popular worldwide than the latter. There are many wine varietals that are grown along this central coast location due to it's mediterrenean like climate. More than 180 wineries are present and more than approximately 26,000 acres of winegrapes are planted in the Paso Robles AVA (American Vitriculture Area) and 29,000 acres in the whole San Luis Obispo County. The most widely planted varieties in the Paso Robles appellation are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc. With Italian and Rhone varieties on the upswing, more than 30 other varieties with 100 to less than an acre planted in the region including Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Roussanne, Barbera, Semillon, Sangiovese, Viognier and Mourvedre.
Fondest memory: The many varietals of wine to choose from
California has one of the largest wine growing regions in the United States and Paso Robles is one of these many wine growing regions. It is eclipsed in popularity by the Napa Valley area since this location is at the Central Coast of California at San Luis Obispo County, far from the touristy San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles Metropolitan Areas but it still recieves a fair share of it's wine tourists. Wine grapes were introduced to the Paso Robles soil in 1797 by the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscan missionaries.Commercial winemaking was introduced to the Paso Robles region in 1882 when Andrew York, a settler from Indiana, began planting vineyards and established the Ascension Winery at what is now York Mountain Winery. Paso Robles was named for its local oak trees, El Paso de Robles, “The Pass of the Oaks.” The name was recorded in 1828 as a rancho where the padres of San Miguel sowed wheat, and the city was founded on the rancho in 1886 and incorporated in 1889
Fondest memory: There are more than 180 wineries located along the Paso Robles area where you can taste a variety of wines of which the Zinfandel is the best product of the area. Wine tastings are from $ 5 to $ 10 and other wineries offer free wine tasting if you buy your wines from them.