- The North
- The Eastside
- Westside Drinkers
- Westside Tasters
- Westside the Easy Way
- The Sea
- Cayucos/Morro Bay
- Cambria/San Simeon
In addition to the quality of wine, each tasting room was chosen for the quality of the experience. Make sure to check hours of operation ahead of time.
Lesser known, yet has great wine and historic, fascinating, easy-to-visit Mission San Miguel. A treasure that can be experienced quickly.
Stop by Di Raimondo’s Cheese Shop on 13th street in downtown Paso for picnic provisions.
Drive north 7 miles to San Miguel and check out the beautiful historic Mission San Miguel.
Attend sit down highly informative wine tasting of the excellent RN Estate Vineyard make sure to reserve ahead and arrive on time.
Stop by the Jardine Ranch Nut House on Naciemento Road for additional provisions and added amusement.
Continue on to Starr Ranch Winery. Drive up long persimmon tree lined driveway for a leisurely tasting with the winemakers. Afterwards (or before), have a picnic or take a nap on the grass before heading back to civilization.
One of our favorites, you will see: goats, the cool town of Templeton, ancient olive trees, several excellent lesser-known wineries (one with an excellent restaurant) and hot springs.
Go to Templeton and have a coffee at Dark Nectar. Check out the historic Templeton Grain and Feed building across the street. If you need hardware or even if you don’t take a look at Hewitt Hardware next door. One of the last of the old time hardware stores. If it’s saturday morning go around the block to the wonderful Templeton Farmer’s Market.
Take off to Ambyth Winery by appointment. They are 100% biodynamic. Aside from their excellent wine, ask to taste their olive oil.
Check out Olivas de Oro. They have acres of massive old growth olive trees. An astonishing site in this region.
Head over to Cass Winery for a tasting that can be enjoyed with lunch at their excellent restaurant.
Afterward stop by Hug Winery for a tasting of their fine low-production classic Paso wines.
To end the day take a soak in the mineral baths at Franklin Mineral Hot Springs on Creston Road. We call it the “hot springs of the people”as it is quite rustic. It’s definitely not a spa but the waters are healing and make ones skin feel wonderful and it’s only $7.00.
We have divided the westside into several sections as there is too much to do in one day.
An elaborate and diverse meandering through the Westside.
Follow the signs up from the end of 6th St. through winding roads to Calcarious Vineyard for tasting. They serve lunch from Thomas Hill Organics. You can eat while enjoying the dramatic view of Paso Robles or take away to picnic later.
Make a right out the drive way and head over to Villa Creek Winery. Exceptional and interesting wines with cool labels. The same owners as the downtown restaurant.
Continue on to Hammersky Vineyards. Stylish tasting room set within a refined environment.
Next is Tablas Creek Vineyard. Owned by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in France and Robert Haas. Organically farmed and producing a wide variety of fine Rhône varietals.
If you’re ready for one more, head to Oso Libre Wines. In addition to wine they produce Angus beef and are 100% sustainable. There are fascinating explanations of vineyard practices on signs that one can read while gazing at the vineyards.
A shorter tour of a few of the wonderful wineries on the Westside.
From Hwy 46 west go north on Arbor Rd. follow the signs to Terry Hoague Vineyards. Excellent wine. Tasteful small tasting room. Beautiful views.
Head back toward Hwy 46 and stop at Windward Vineyards. They produce excellent exclusively estate grown Pinot Noir.
Next is one of the most well known wineries in the region, L’Aventure. The owner is winemaker Stephan Asseo who fifteen years ago arrived in Paso after searching the world for the perfect soil and climate. Excellent, highly rated wines.
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Continue on to Epoch Wines. A relative new comer with a prestigious pedigree. Their consulting winemaker is Justin Smith of Saxum and their fruit comes from Paderewski’s York Mountain estate. The tasting room is small and ultra modern.
Now head back to Inn Paradiso for rest or to your appointment at River Oaks Spa to soak in the hot springs.
Westside the Easy Way
For people with limited time or a disinclination to make turns.
Windward Vineyards: Pinot Noir. Really good Pinot Noir and only Pinot Noir.
Niner Wine Estates: Housed within the massive stone château like structure. The tallest interior space in the region. Tastefully designed. Beautiful landscaping including a massive heart growing within the vines on the hillside. Make sure to check out the informative aroma sensory sampling which provides the opportunity to experience the individual aromas often found in wine.
Farmstand 46: If you are hungry and it’s late spring or summer, continue on to Farmstand 46 which is on the north side of Hwy 46 and serves excellent sandwiches, healthy salads and pizza on the weekends. If you are ready for another tasting room experience and want it to be on the super lively side, check out the surprisingly modern Cypher Wines located on the left side of the building.
There is no real order to the downtown itinerary. Start where you like and try as many as you like.
Parrish Family Vineyard: Their tasting room is a few doors away from the park on Park Street. Good wines in a comfortable tasting room where one can sit down and enjoy a glass.
The Pithy Little Wine Company: Well designed modern bright tasting room serving good wines and offering sodas and other temptations.
Clayhouse Wines: Good reasonably priced wines. Located across from Pithy.
Anglim Winery: Located a few small blocks south of the park in a historic building next to the train station. Producing excellent vineyard designate wines.
Stop at any of the wineries in the Westside Tasters itinerary or Epoch Wines before or after heading west to the ocean. When you hit Highway 1, go south to Cayucas and Morro Bay or north to Cambria and San Simeon.
Great for kids, nature lovers, and those who want to do more than drink.
Make a left for Cayucas where you can sample shockingly good butter cookies at Brown Butter Cookie Company or head to the pier for a stroll before or after having superb smoked fish tacos at Ruddell’s Smokehouse one block south of the pier.
If you are inclined, check out the antiques shops on Main St. If not, head to Morro Bay where there is a very famous rock. If you’ve got kids with you (or even if you don’t) take a walk and then a look at the Morro Bay Museum. It’s perched above the sea. In the back is the taxidermy section with amazing sea birds displayed in front of the shimmering sea.
Next is the Elfin Forest in Los Osos. An incredible easy walking trail through a unique natural eco preserve. Fascinating, mystical and truly beautiful.
Head back to Inn Paradiso, and if you haven’t already, stop at a winery or two.
A combination of culture and nature.
This itinerary, or any part of it, can be combined with a visit to the world renowned Hearst Castle in San Simeon.
Stop in Cambria and check out two cool spots in one place —Deer Run Artifacts and Grow Nursery. Both places have exceptionally refined and exquisite offerings well presented. Nick at Grow treats plants as art. Take a walk down the block to the excellent French Bakery. It looks like a tourist spot but is mostly patronized by locals.
Depart Cambria and head north to see the Elephant Seals. Watch them bask in their blubbery glory.
Head back and have lunch or early dinner at Sebastian’s General Store — despite the name, it is a restaurant. Excellent burgers and such, made with local Hearst Ranch grass-fed beef. The Hearst Ranch Winery is at the same location and the old post office is around the side.
On the way back to Inn Paradiso see if there are any zebras on the left side of the highway and remember there is almost always another opportunity for wine tasting (see above).