We were planning to check out this winery in advance. We checked into our hotel, La Quinta Inn, and there was a little wine shop in the lobby. Actually, they had a great selection. Saw the Sculpterra, knowing we would be visiting, bought a bottle and drank it that evening. It was good. So, on our way home on Sunday, we stopped by. Wow! The premises are amazing! Turns out, arrangements were made with the owner of the winery and a sculptor and an iron worker to live on the property, their work shops were built and they made some amazing works of art that are displayed all over the winery. We were a bit early (not realizing day light savings ended that day) but Paul, the winemaker and owner's son, accommodated us. They have some great wine. Worth the visit just to see the place. I took lots of pictures and probably will visit again and take more. I will post a travelogue for the photos not posted on this tip.
We were wine tasting at Red Soles and from their vantage point, we could see this modern looking building that was very interesting. Looked like another winery so we went to check it out. Good thing we did. Great tasting wines. We bought a case of 3 different varietals. The tasting room and outdoor patio was great. The tasting room was designed to take advantage of collecting rain water.
Opened Thursday - Monday, 11am-5pm
This was probably one of my least favorite wineries. It's okay and quite affordable. But, nothing really stood out for us. We did meet a very nice gal, Jayna, who doesn't normally work there (just happened she was helping them out that day). She revealed a new restaurant in town, Second Press, and made dinner reservations for us. I did buy a Christmas ornament, a red wine glass that says Ho, Ho, Ho.
Open Daily 11am-5pm
This was our first winery in the morning on this particular trip up to Paso Robles. They open at 10am. The wine was surprisingly good. They source most of the grapes but have some estate fruit at well. They have a very large tasting room with lots of gift items for sale, too. Wine making process is visible from the tasting room.
Hours are 10am-5pm during Fall/Winter, 10am-6pm during Spring/Summer
The Summerwood Inn is across the street from the tasting room.
I wasn't too impressed with this winery. The wines were not bad but not outstanding either. Beautiful wine tasting room and patio area if you just want to hang out and enjoy a picnic. But, you can do that at Adelaida Cellars or, even better, hang out at Daou! Tablas Creek is opened daily 10am - 5pm.
The is the Hope Family Winery. Lots of wines under this label but Treana is their flagship. Since there are sooo many wines under the winery, you will pay for the wine tasting and choose five wines to taste. My favorite is the Treana Red Blend. I also liked the Austin Hope Syrah. On this particular weekend of the Paso Wine Festival, they had a spread of food at the winery to eat which included wood fire pizza, cheeses and fruit. Joining this wine club will save you quite a bit of money on wine if you are going to buy wine. Wine club requirement is one year. Open Friday & Saturday 10am to 4 pm.
We enjoyed this wine tasting and did buy some wines. You will be greeted by nice and knowledgeable employees. They have a great picnic area and encourage you to bring a picnic with you. They are opened daily from 10am-5pm.
If you can make an appointment to taste wine at Denner, it is well worth it! Most excellent wine and don't plan on stocking up because you are limited to buying just one bottle of what they are tasting. I was able to get one bottle of Ditch Digger and one bottle of Dirt Worshipper. We enjoyed our wine tasting here with a cheese plate and the premises have gorgeous views of the wine country landscape. I would definitely come to Denner everytime we visit Paso from now on!
Since our last visit, I went on the waiting list to join their wine club. I am in! And, not limited to the number of bottles I can buy and wine tasting is complimentary.Yay! Opened 11am-4pm daily.
Okay, not too impressive as you drive up onto a dirt driveway. Then, you see an industrial looking building. Go in, there are all the wine barrels racked up and a make shift wine bar with 4 bottles of wine to taste. A couple of gals wearing down jackets to stay warm serving up the wine. Hmmm, but OMG - the wine was just excellent! Not cheap either but well worth the money. We did buy wine here! I would definitely go back and see what else they might have released. What a great surprise!
Third trip back to Villa Creek, wines are still excellent! They have made some improvements and now have a suitable wine tasting room. Still worth the visit! Open Friday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
The wines were all fairly good. Unfortunately, we had just came from RN Estates where we bought a case of wine and experienced a great wine tasting. So, tasting these wines were not equal to what we had just tasted. We probably will give it another try next time we go to Paso. Open Thursday through Monday from 11am - 4pm. Parties of 6 or more need an appointment.
Stanger has actually two tasting rooms and no winery. The other tasting room is located at 5225 California 41 Paso Robles, CA 93446. Tasting room is shared with Poalillo at the Vineyard Drive location. Make sure you know which side you want to taste because you will pay for tasting the side you are on. The Stanger wines were good. We especially liked the 2009 Tempranillo Library Reserve. Opened daily at 11am.
I was really looking forward to this wine tasting. A friend of ours sells wine from this winery and handed us a couple of his business cards to show them, and then maybe, we would be treated well and not be charged for the tasting. Well, the cards were left at home, wine tasting cost $15 which is slightly high for Paso wineries (in general) and we only tasted 4 wines. The wines are good and priced high. You can locate the wines for a lower price with their distributors. The winery is open from 11am - 4pm from Thursday through Sunday. Monday through Wednesday is by appointment only.
Roger Nicolas does wine tasting in his home. All tastings are by appointment only. He doesn't charge for the tasting because you WILL be buying some wine from him. When you make an appointment, DON'T BE LATE. In fact, you should be slightly early. We arrived 10 minutes early and the wine tasting had already begun. Everyone is seated at a fairly long dining table. Roger explains in great length about each wine, where the grapes are from, how they were harvested, how long in barrels and much more. The wines are all red and excellent. This is definitely a "must do" wine tasting.
One of the most well known wineries in Paso is Justin. Justin Vineyards is a large producer and their wines can be found in most wine retail stores. Their best wine and priced as such is the Isosceles. We tasted other wines during our tasting and we were actually disappointed. When there are so many great vineyards in Paso, we expected the Justin wines to be comparable. And, don't expect a break when you buy wines here. Buy your wine online or in the wine store (Total Wine). FYI, this is my personal opinion. I know there are many fans of Justin wines. Additional story - we went to dinner in Pasadena a few weeks ago. The table next to us was just two guys with a magnum of Justin Savant. Unbelievably, the two of them drank the whole bottle!
Open daily 10am-4:30pm
We enjoyed the wine tasting here. Wines are made very much as a French style wine. The regular tasting was very good. I did buy three bottles of 2008 Mooney Family Grenache. It was really, really good! Priced at US$56 a bottle, I bought it for US$43 a bottle at the winery. Additionally, behind the counter, they opened up an older bottle of a reserve that was especially good! That was a nice treat!
Open Daily 11am-5pm