Wine Tasting in San Luis Obispo County

SeaVenture is the gateway to San Luis Obispo wine tasting. Walking distance from SeaVenture you will find impeccable tasting rooms and wine bars or drive just 15 minutes to the east and northeast to discover the best of Edna Valley and 30 to 45 minutes further north to find the heart of the Paso Robles’ wine country.

The southern San Luis Obispo County wine country includes over 3,000 acres of vineyards encompassing Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Avila Valley. The world class micro-climates, unique soils and unusually long growing seasons promote complex flavors that any wine enthusiast or novice palate will want to explore.

The northern San Luis Obispo County wine country includes Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero and is the largest geographic viticulture appellation in California. The Paso Robles AVA has 26,000 acres of vineyards and more than 200 wineries within its boundaries. Featuring a greater day-to-night temperature differentiation, distinct microclimates and high soil pH values, this appellation creates unique wine producing capabilities.

Below are some winery highlights and suggested self-guided tours of Pismo Beach, Edna Valley and Paso Robles. You can also plan your own wine tour adventure with our preferred vendor, Breakaway Tours.

Pismo Beach suggested self-guided tour

Winery #1: Pismo Beach Winery, 271 B Five Cities Drive, (805) 773-9463. Located right off the 101 Freeway, next to the north end of the Prime outlet center mall. From SeaVenture get on the 101 South, exit 5 Cities Dr., turn right onto 5 Cities Dr. and the winery will be on your left. Open daily 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Select locally made gift store items. Outdoor patio and picnic area.

From Pismo Beach Winery, return to the 101 Freeway and head north. Exit Wadsworth Avenue, turn left and then turn right onto Price Street for…

Winery #2: Red Carpet Winery, 1300 Price Street, (805) 331-5000. The winery will be on the right.Their motto is “quality not quantity” and focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 12pm to 8pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

From Red Carpet Winery head south on Price Street to…

Winery #3 :Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar, 911 Price Street, (805) 773-VINO. The wine bar will be on the right. The fully stocked wine shop, bar and tasting room offers over 700 wines by the glass and a flight of six one ounce pours tailored to your palate from their opened, but well preserved bottles. Tasting fees range from $10 to $20 and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Open Monday through Thursday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday through Saturday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

From Tastes of the Valleys, continue south on Price Street to…

Winery #4: Sans Liege, 870 Price Street, (805) 773-2770. The winery will be on your left. Delight in extraordinary Grenache and Grenache blends from this winery. Open Sunday through Thursday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Friday through Saturday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

From Sans Liege, continue south on Price Street to…

Winery #5: Vino Versato, 781 Price Street, (805) 295-6622. The wine bar will be on your right. Featuring boutique wines from Paso Robles to Santa Ynez accompanied by great music four nights a week and outdoor seating along Price Street, Pismo’s “Restaurant Row.” Open Tuesday through Thursday 4:00 pm to 9:30pm and Friday through Saturday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Edna Valley suggested self-guided tour

Winery #1: Claiborne &Churchill, 2649 Carpenter Canyon Road (Route 227), (805) 544-4066. Turn right at the end of scenic Price Canyon Road onto Highway 227. The winery is on the right, about 4 driveways down. Ask about the unique straw bale construction of this wine cellar. $5 Wine Tasting, open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Proceed south, turn left on Corbett Canyon Road for…

Winery #2: Kynsi Winery, 2212 Corbett Canyon Road, (805) 544-8461. This is a small winery offering six wines to taste for $5-$10 for reserve tasting. Open Thursday through Monday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Continue south on Corbett Canyon Road, go left on Tiffany Ranch Road and right on Orcutt Road toward Arroyo Grande. Turn left on Lopez Dr. to…

Winery #3: Talley Vineyards, 3031 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, (805) 489-0446. Open daily from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Enjoy 5 tastes for $8 while exploring the gift shop and beautiful picnic area.

Retrace your steps, turn right at Orcutt Road and pass Tiffany Ranch Road to find…

Winery #4: Domaine Alfred/Chamisal Vineyards, 7525 Orcutt Road, (805) 541-9463. Open for wine tasting Thursday-Monday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a charge of $9-$15.

Continue north on Orcutt Road past Biddle Ranch Road to… 

Winery #5: Baileyana, 5828 Orcutt Road, (805) 597-8200. It is a must-stop, with $5-10 wine tasting, a well-stocked gift store, outdoor picnic facilities, and a delightful assortment of whites and reds. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Paso Robles suggested self-guided tour

From the SeaVenture, take US 101 north to Templeton, about 35 miles, to begin your tour.

Winery #1: Wild Horse Winery, 1437 Wild Horse Winery Ct. Templeton, CA 93465. Take Highway 101 to Templeton. Exit at Vineyard Dr. and make a right. Go right on Templeton Road for a little over 2 miles. On the left is the entrance to Wild Horse. Take the road straight back, and you will see the tasting room. Known for incredible Pinot Noirs. Open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

From Wild Horse, turn right onto Templeton Road. Templeton Road becomes Vineyard Road. Merge onto Highway 101 North for 3 miles, then take the CA-46 West exit towards Cambria and turn left onto CA-46. Turn left onto Bethel Road to…

Winery #2: Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Road, Templeton, CA 93465 (805) 238-0725. This Mediterranean style tasting room sits amidst lush green gardens with cork oaks and native plants. Taste 3 wines for free, taste seven for $3, which is waived with wine purchase. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Gifts and gourmet food available for purchase. Relax in the picnic area and enjoy summer music events.

Leaving Castoro Cellars, head North (left) on N. Bethel Road for about a quarter of a mile and stop at…

Winery #3: Peachy Canyon, 1480 N. Bethel Road, Templeton, CA 93465 (805) 239-1918. Try the wonderful Estate Zinfandels found at this old school house tasting room. Open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. $5 tasting fee waived with a bottle purchase. Enjoy the old fashioned gazebo, gift shop, picnic area and large native oak trees.

Leaving Peachy Canyon, make a left on N. Bethel Road and turn right onto CA-46. Merge onto Hwy 101 North, the ramp will be on the left. Exit CA-46 toward Fresno/Bakersfield and turn left on Airport Road for…

Winery #4: Eos Estate Winery, 2300 Airport Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 591-8050. Named for the Greek Goddess of Dawn, Eos is fiercely passionate about the production of great wines. They have a reputable name for dense reds, complex whites and luscious dessert wines. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. $5 per person or $8 to keep your glass. Picnic areas available.

Leaving Eos, keep travelling north down Airport Road (right) to stop at…

Winery #5: J. Lohr Vineyards, 6169 Airport Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446. The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. with no tasting fee for current release wines. For a small tasting fee, try their newest series of Bordeaux style wines, the Cuvee Series. Picnic area and gift shop also available.

Exit J. Lohr, go back the way you came and turn left onto CA-46.

Turn right on Mill Road for about 1/3 mile till you reach…

Winery #6: Vina Robles Winery, 3700 Mill Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 227-4812. The winery features a new hospitality center with a tasting room, retail shop and deli, lounge area, library and banquet facility. The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the winter and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the summer, with complimentary Estate tasting.

From Vina Robles, head back toward the highway and turn right onto CA-46. You will find…

Winery #7: Eberle Winery is on a knoll on the left side of the highway. 3810 W. Highway 46, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 238-9607. The tasting room is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm October- March and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm April – September. Wine tasting is free of charge, as are the tours of the cave used as a wine cellar. On your way out explore the extensive gift shop.

Exiting Eberle, turn left onto CA-46, follow for 3 miles and then turn right onto Branch Street for…

Winery #8: Bianchi 3380 Branch Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 226-9922. This tasting room is known not only for their wines, but for its beautiful scenery. On a nice day, sit outside on the patio and overlook the serene Koi Lake. A fireplace inside the tasting room will keep you warm in the winter. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a $5 tasting fee. Gifts, books and wine accessories available in the gift shop.

Leaving Bianchi, go back to the highway and turn right. Look for…

Winery #9: Meridian Vineyards,7000 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 226-7133, ½ mile down on the left hand side of the highway. Open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Explore the well-stocked gift shop and gourmet food items. There is a $5 tasting fee refunded with wine purchase. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the manicured grounds with shade from 200 year old oaks.

Exiting Meridian, turn right onto CA-46 East. After about 2 miles, look for…

Winery #10: Tobin James Winery on the right hand side of the highway. 8950 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 239-2204. Award winning wines are poured from behind the grand, antique 1860’s Brunswick mahogany bar from Blue Eye, Missouri. Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with complimentary tastings and an extensive gift shop.