Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County

The wineries are located within a short drive of each other and easily accessible by good roads. Grapeline ( offers a shuttle service between the wineries.

Recommended Wineries

Adelaida Cellars
Tasting RoomOpen daily 11-5. Picnic area.
WinemakerTerry Culton
OwnerElizabeth Van Steenwyk
CommentsPicnic area. Historic HMR vineyard produces old vine Pinot Noir. Pinot Noirs from here are uneven but I have had some good ones.
PoP coverageAdelaida Cellars
Asuncion Ridge Vineyards & Inn
Tasting Room725 12th St., Paso Robles on the City Park; open daily.
ProductionSmall production Pinot Noir from estate vineyard.
WinemakerPhilip Krumal
OwnerPhilip Krumal, Michael Dilsaver
Comments3 suites in a large hilltop house on 320 acres with expansive views. 7-acre Pinot Noir vineyard producing very good Asuncion Ridge Pinot Noir. Gourmet breakfast included in stay.
PoP coverageAsuncion Ridge Vineyards & Inn
RN Estate Vineyard and Winery
Tasting RoomBy appointment (805-610-9802) in Paso Robles
WinemakerRoger Nicolas
OwnerRoger Nicolas
CommentsVery special, small-lot Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals. Pinot Noir sourced from Solomon Hills and Fiddlestix Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. Elegantly styled wines.
PoP coverageRN Estate Vineyard & Winery
Windward Vineyard
Tasting RoomOpen daily; vertical tasting of 4 vintages of Pinot Noir
Production2,000 cases
WinemakerMarc Goldberg
OwnerMarc Goldberg and Maggie D'Ambrosia
Comments15 acre vineyard planted to Pinot Noir. Burgundian-styled estate wines that age well. Established in 1990. 100% estate grown Pinot Noir
PoP coverageWindward Vineyard

Recommended Lodging

Asuncion Ridge Vineyards Inn (see under Wineries)
Blue Bird Motel
CommentsThis motel is a throwback to the motels of the1950s. Casual and inexpensive but adequate. Walking distance to restaurants of downtown Cambria. I have a nostalgic fondness for this place. Note: Paso Robles can be very hot (nearly 100?F not unusual) in the summer. For a cooler lodging option, consider Cambria which is on the coast and only a 10-20 minute drive to the wineries of Paso Robles. This small town restricts growth and building, retaining its 1950s charm, and never seems to change. No franchise food chains here.
Blue Dolphin Inn
CommentsLocated on Moonstone Beach, the Inn has six oceanfront specialty rooms. Great views from patios.
Hotel Cheval
CommentsDowntown hotel with luxurious rooms. Continental breakfast included.
Just Inn
CommentsSmall B&B at Justin Vineyards. Three suites in the vineyards. The Bordeaux suite is at the working winery. Bistro open for lunch Sat and Sun; dinner nightly. This is an outstanding winery but it is not a producer of Pinot Noir!
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
Moonstone Cottages
CommentsUpscale lodging on the beach. Rsvp through the Blue Whale Inn.
Summerwood Inn
CommentsWinery and Inn. Nine rooms among vineyards. This is not a producer of Pinot Noir!
The Carlton Hotel
CommentsHistoric building, plush guestrooms, and The Carlton Restaurant & Grill.

Recommended Restaurants

A.J. Spurs
CommentsA central coast steakhouse chain. Large portions, cowboy decor. Bring your own wine. Also in Arroyo Grande.
CommentsRelaxed farm-to-table restaurant serving local and organic food. Chef and co-owner is Chris Kobayashi. Eclectic interior of cork floors, reclaimed barn wood and a wall of farmhouse windows. Outdoor seating.
Bistro Laurent
CommentsThe Chez Panisse of the Central Coast. Dinner only. The Le Petit Marcel cafe at the same location serves lunch.
Buona Tavola Restorante
CommentsNorthern Italian. Also in San Luis Obispo at 1037 Monterey St., 805-545-8000.
Cass House Inn and Restaurant
CommentsFormer 19th century Victorian house. Chef Jensen Lorenzen offers a four-course seasonally changing dinner with local wine pairings. Rooms upstairs for lodging.
Deborah's Room
CommentsRomantic restaurant with five tables serving sophisticated food. 50 votive candles. Five course dinner with optional wine pairing.
PoP coverageJustin Winery
F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House
CommentsCentral coast steakhouse chain. Also in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and San Luis Obispo.
Farmstand 46
CommentsVery hip gourmet and organic casual place with great made-to-order sandwiches, salads and wood-fired pizzas. Eat outside or take out.
Hoppes Garden Bistro & Wine Shop
CommentsGood Calif/Continental cuisine and an extensive regional wine list.
Joes Place
CommentsThe place in town for breakfast.
McPhees Grill
CommentsCalifornia cuisine. Casual. Terrific food! Outlet in Avila Beach has closed.
Pier 46 Seafood Market & Restaurant
CommentsFresh fish daily, live tanks with crabs, clams, lobsters. Fish tacos, clam chowder, fish and chips, cioppino. Open daily.
Robins Restaurant
CommentsEclectic Calif-Ethnic cuisine.
Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant
CommentsWater views, very fresh seafood and good selection of local wines. A popular spot now open for over thirty years.Small and no reservations - people start lining up when it opens at 5:00 PM.
The Range
CommentsLaid-back Central Coast wine country cuisine with a cowboy theme. Go for the food, bring your own wine (corkage $15).
The Sows Ear Cafe
CommentsIntimate, nice wine list. Don't fill up on the delicious bread baked in ceramic vases.
Villa Creek Restaurant
CommentsCalif-Mex cuisine.
Vivant FineCheese
CommentsMore than 200 types of cheese to pair with Paso Robles wines.

Recommended Wine Stores

15 Degrees C Wine Shop and Bar
CommentsBest wine selection on Central coast (more than 500 from all over the world). Cheeses, gourmet foods, tapas menu. Great for picnic supplies.

Picnic Supplies

Farmer's Markets
Hush Harbor Artisan Bakery
CommentsGreat breads, sandwiches esp French Dip with horseradish sauce and au jus.
Little Market
CommentsGreat sandwiches, local cheeses, brown butter sea salt cookies.
Thomas Hill Organics
CommentsSeasonally-changing menu featuring ingredients from Thomas Hill Organic Farm. Great sandwiches.

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