Wine Tasting

We live in a region known for wines around the world, and the movie “Sideways”. I break up listings into the various areas of viticulture. That means each region known for it’s individual benefits.We also have wines produced by California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and the Allan Hancock College viticulture department. Cal Poly has a 14-acre campus vineyard and pilot winery. The Allan Hancock College campus vineyard spans about four acres west of the campus. Wine is produced, bottled, labeled, and sold at the Allan Hancock College Winery located at the Santa Maria Campus.

What is included in these listings?

Wine Tasting Locations, Hours, Specials

Some people think that driving around the back roads and following arrows is the way to find all the wineries. Many wineries produce great products without growing their own grapes. You generally will not find these at the actual vineyards. For instance, there is a section of industrial buildings in Lompoc where you will find several wineries and tasting rooms without a single grapevine in sight. There are also specialty wine tasting shops that specialize in various local wines but are independent of any labels. I will not list the wine tasting table at Vons grocery stores.

Listed by Viticultural Areas

We are part of a greater region, or American Viticultural Area known as the Central Coast AVA from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. The region produces 15% of California’s wine grapes and is home to more than 350 wineries throughout smaller appellations such as Paso Robles AVA, Edna Valley AVA, Arroyo Grande Valley AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, and Santa Ynez Valley AVA. This page will cover Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande, and Santa Maria for closest locations.

There are 27,600 acres of wine grapes planted in San Luis Obispo County and 16,600 acres planted in Santa Barbara County, totaling more than 44,000 acres. Together they make up 7.4 percent of the total state wine grape crush. The number one wine grape variety in San Luis Obispo County is Cabernet Sauvignon with 8,600 acres. Merlot is second with 4,200 acres. There are about 110 wineries in the County.

Each of these areas have different soil types, weather, rainfall, and airflow that contribute to the flavor found in each type of grape. They are cultivated based on the needs of each varietal for the maximum flavor expected of these types. This lends a unique flavor to each region’s grapes, that can be blended with others for the ultimate result. Add to this the type of wood used in casks, individual elements added to the wine, and time of aging, and you have a flavor that changes from vintage to vintage. That is why wine tasting is so important.

Remember that each of these areas are broken up into appellations for each subsection. If you hear a different AVA than what we have listed, the reason is because they have broken it down into these individual areas. Do not let it confuse you. We deal only with the broader AVA breakdowns by area of the county, not just by recognized AVA as this would be confusing to many.

Who is in This List?

This is not an all-inclusive list. Wine tasting venues are only listed here if they have some bargain pricing, special deals, give discounts to visitors of this site, or offer discounts other than wine club. Wine club gets you discounts at the venue, but you must also accept shipments of wine costing from about $100 to $150 or more plus shipping, at least twice per year. These are fine deals if you usually spend that much or more for 4 to 6 bottles of wine. It usually does not cost to join the wine clubs.

Wine Tasting Listings

Wine tasting generally costs from about $5 to $15 for basic wine tasting, with or without a logo glass. Venues posted here will usually offer discounted or free tasting with certain purchases or will offer special deals for visitors of this site. Be sure to mention that you found them here at SLORestaurantDeals.com so they know where you came from.

Vintners and managers CLICK HERE to submit or update your listing.


Paso Robles AVA

This listing will cover all locations north of San Luis Obispo, whether along Hwy 101, Hwy 1, or Los Osos Valley Rd. to the county line. Two regions, coastal and inland, are connected by Hwy 46 West (46 East will take you to Bakersfield).

Coastal Region:

Cambria/San Simeon:

  • Indigo Moon Wine and Cheese Shop Cambria (as of 06/2017)
    Wine tasting room stocked from various wineries with cheese pairings.
    .     Adjacent to their restaurant.
  • Madeline’s Restaurant Cambria (as of 6/2017)
    Monday thru Sunday 11 am – 5 pm: Wine tasting, restaurant opens 5 -9 pm
    Sunday thru Thursday, except  major holidays: Coupon for 1/2 off bottle of
    .     wine with 2 entrees purchased, available on website
  • Please be patient as we add more listings here. Check back daily or weekly to see the progress. You can also add listings at the bottom of this page.

Inland Region:

Paso Robles (East and West):

  • Croad Vinyards PR  (as of 6/2017)
    Every Day 11 am – 5 pm: Picnic area available
    Tasting fee: $10 (Waived with 2 bottle purchase)
    Every Day Kiwihour 2 – 3 pm: 1/2 off glasses of wine.
    2nd and 4th Saturday 1 – 2:30 pm: Spring & Summer, Preservative free gourmet
    .     sausage banger served with grilled onions on a brioche bun $5
  • Derby Wine Estates PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 11 am – 5 pm: Tasting and tours, Music Friday nights
    Saturday Noon – 4 pm: Reserve tasting $10 for 3 library or reserve wines, waived
    .     with purchase of wine.
    Tasting fee: $10 for 6 wines from three vineyards, waived with purchase.
  • Eberle Winery PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 10 am – 6 pm: Sip on the patio or play bocce ball or cornhole
    Tasting Fee: Complimentary (FREE) tasting and tours.
  • J Dusi Winery & Tasting Room PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 11 am – 5 pm: Excludes some holidays
    Tasting fee
    : $10, includes a snack (Waived with a 4-bottle purchase)
  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines PR (as of 6/2017)
    Friday 5:30 – 8:30 pm: After-hours wine bar will feature four wines (2 oz. pours)
    .      specially paired with four gourmet cheeses $15
  • Le Vigne Winery PR (as of 6/2017)
    Sunday thru Thursday 11 am – 5 pm: Gourmet foods, international cheeses, paninis
    Friday thru Saturday 11 am – 6 pm: Have a picnic near the 1947 Pullman Train cars
    Tasting fee: Reserve tasting $10 (free with 2 bottle purchase), Cheese or Chocolate
    .     flights $15 includes a logo cheese board, fee not waived with purchase.
  • Parrish Family Vineyard PR (as of 6/2017)
    Sunday 1 pm – 6 pm: Vivant Cheese Pairing $7.50 these events held each day
    Monday & Thursday 1 pm – 5 pm: Chocolate Stache Pairing
    Friday & Saturday 1 pm – 7:30 pm: Fromagerie Sophie Cheese & Charcuterie $15
    Tasting fee: 7 wines $12, waived with bottle purchase
  • Paso Underground PR (as of 6/2017)
    Thursday 1 pm – 4:30 pm: Wine also available by the glass
    Friday & Saturday 1 – 7 pm: Choose the tasting room or patio for seating
    Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm: Serving wine from 4 wineries near downtown.
    Tasting fee: From $10 to $25 for special tastings, often refundable with purchase.
  • Pear Valley PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 11 am – 5 pm: Bring a picnic
    Tasting fee: 6 tastes of estate wine $10, refundable with purchase of bottle.
  • Penman Springs PR (as of 6/2017)
    Monday thru Thursday 11 am – 5 pm: Several whites and reds
    Tasting Fee: Complimentary with purchase
  • Pianetta Winery PR (as of 6/2017)
    Sunday-Thursday Noon – 6 pm; Friday thru Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
    Monday thru Thursday 4 – 6 pm
    Happy Hour: Glass of wine $7, two glasses and
    .     cheese plate $25.
    Tasting fee: Five red wines $10, waived with purchase of a bottle.
  • Rabble Wine Co PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 10 am – 6 pm: make reservations ahead of time for any visit to the castle.
    Tasting Fee: $10, Reserve tasting fee: $15 (Fees waived with purchase of two bottles)
  • Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden PR (as of 6/2017)
    June specials: (check website for current special) Wine club: 50% discount on all
    .     case purchases – mix and match to build your case. Non wine club: Receive
    .     10% off 1-5 bottles with 35% off case purchases
  • Sextant Estate Winery & Hospitality Center PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 10 am – 5 pm: Gourmet cheese tastings $7
    Tasting Fee
    : $15 /$20 for reserve wines. Tasting fee is waived with the purchase
    .     of three (3) bottles per person.
  • Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery PR (as of 6/2017)
    Every day 11 am – 4:45 pm: Jeep tours available
    Tasting fee: $10 guest, waived with wine purchase
  • Please be patient as we add more listings here. Check back daily or weekly to see the progress. You can also add listings at the bottom of this page.

Templeton:

  • Turley Wine Cellars Temp (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 10 am – 5 pm: select cheese and charcuterie for purchase, eat in our veranda
    Tasting Fee: $10 per person Zinfandel tasting includes 4 wines, fee waived with 2
    .     bottle purchase; Petite Syrah tasting of 2 wines, $5
  • Venteux PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 10 am- 5 pm: With Tesla EV station for you to recharge
    Tasting Fee: $10 per person, waived with bottle purchase.
  • Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery PR (as of 6/2017)
    Daily 10 am – 5 pm Winter (Nov 1 – Apr 30), 10 am – 6 pm Summer (May 1 – Oct 31)
    Tasting fee: Five estate wines $10/pp, waived with wine purchase; Reserve tasting
    .     special collections and releases $15/pp, waived with Reserve wine purchase.
  • Please be patient as we add more listings here. Check back daily or weekly to see the progress. You can also add listings at the bottom of this page.

Edna Valley AVA

This listing will cover all locations from San Luis Obispo south, whether along Hwy 101, Hwy 1, or Broad St/Edna Valley Road until crossing into the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA.

  • Please be patient as we add more listings here. Check back daily or weekly to see the progress. You can also add listings at the bottom of this page.

Arroyo Grande Valley AVA

This listing will cover all locations south of the Edna Valley AVA, whether along Hwy 101, or Hwy 1 to the county line.

  • Please be patient as we add more listings here. Check back daily or weekly to see the progress. You can also add listings at the bottom of this page.

Santa Maria Valley AVA

This listing will cover all locations south of San Luis Obispo County, whether along Hwy 101, or Hwy 1, to the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, which excludes Lompoc Valley from this list until updated.

  • Please be patient as we add more listings here. Check back daily or weekly to see the progress. You can also add listings at the bottom of this page.

Submit Wine Tasting You Find

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Remember these disclaimers:

  • Hours, pricing, and deals are subject to confirmation at the winery or business.
  • We are not responsible for any specials that may be listed but not honored.
  • Specials will probably be time sensitive so check details that may not be listed
  • This list is not all-inclusive and subject to change or addition.
  • These are not presented in any particular order.
  • Information listed here is subject to change at the venue or may be incorrect.

 

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