Going to Paso Robles for just two days. Any must visit wineries? Any affordable deals for tastings or tours?
I was recently in Paso Robles and I just loved Niner Wine Estates. Wine was so great I ended up buying a few too many bottles! The Pinot Noir, Twisted Spur, and Grenache Rose we're all my favorites. I also loved the heart hill and lavender on their property. Definitely a must stop, and they do waive the tasting fee with bottle purchase.
Paso Robles is incredibly affordable when compared to other wine tasting regions and a couple wineries are even still offering free tastings. Others will waive the tasting fee (usually $5 or $10) with a purchase of a bottle of wine.
Eberle Winery is a mainstay in Paso Robles and Gary Eberle (Former Penn State football player) is considered the "Godfather" of Paso Robles. Eberle still offers complimentary wine tasting and they also have cave tours. Additionally they have a large selection of wines and all of them are well made.
Veris Cellars also offers complimentary tasting and has some very nice wines. Owners of the Ben Hogan wine brand Veris Cellars has a driving range where guest are welcome to hit balls out over the vineyard. I'm not sure how good this is for the grapes but you've got to admit it's a pretty unique experience and a great photo op!
To keep cost down I recommend you pack a picnic and have lunch at one of the wineries. Summerwood Winery & Inn is a great place to grab a glass of wine and have a picnic lunch in the gazebo or on the back patio with surrounding vineyard views (Disclaimer: as the GM of Summerwood I might be a little biased :-))
Another spot I like to mention is Villicana Winery which also operates Re:Find at the same cellar and shares space with Alta Colina. This 3 in 1 visit offers great wines, spirits and company. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Sunday they do gourmet burgers and live music on their lawn and it a great way to spend an afternoon.
These are a great start but a bit spread out to hit in one day. www.pasowine.com is a great resource to get information to fill in your wine tasting itinerary.
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It depends on what kins of wines you like and whether you are interested in anything more than wine (e.g. views).
Hands down, the best view is DAOU Vineyards & Winery - you will be at the top of the mountain. Wines are good, but pricey, tasting is pricey too.
Would recommend arranging a tasting with ONX. It is by appointment. They will drive you on a Jeep around their vineyard and you will taste wines on your way.
Really like Ecluse Wines.
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