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25 Best Wineries in Paso Robles (A Sommelier’s Guide)

A woman in a white dress and wide-brimmed hat stands with her back to the camera, sipping wine with a view of the expansive vineyards at Villa San Juliette Vineyards.

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Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles wine region is a gem within California’s Central Coast and is known for its diverse range of wines and rich wine history.

While Napa Valley is the most famous wine region on California, Paso Robles to the south of SF Bay Area (and only an hour away from Santa Barbara), although not as popular, is one of the best wine tasting regions in the US and California. The vibe of Paso Robles wineries is chill, laid back and the tastings are less formal and friendly. Compared to the wineries of Napa, wineries in Paso Robles are less crowded, easier to walk-in without appointment and closer to each other.

As a Certified Sommelier, wine is my passion and I know a thing or two about best wines and wineries of Paso Robles. This blogpost is a sommelier’s guide to the 25 best wineries in Paso Robles. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a casual wine drinker, Paso Robles offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of California wine country and is a must visit!

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While we try our best to provide all the information necessary for your visit, please note that details such as hours and fees are subject to change. We highly recommend you confirm the details with the winery before visiting.

Aerial view of rolling vineyards in Paso Robles at sunset, highlighting the curved patterns of vine rows with lush greenery and dirt paths.
Front view of Tablas Creek Vineyard's tasting area, with terracotta pots and outdoor seating, welcoming visitors against a backdrop of Paso Robles' rolling hills.
  • ADDRESS: 9339 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, daily
  • BEST WINES: Esprit de Tablas (a flagship blend reminiscent of Château de Beaucastel), Côtes de Tablas (a vibrant, Grenache-based blend), Roussanne and Viognier (rich, full-bodied white wines)
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Vineyard and Winery Tour (offers an in-depth look at their viticulture and winemaking processes). Their winery tour is one of the best experiences of Paso Robles wine country!

Tablas Creek is one of the most prominent wineries of Paso Robles and their wines are some of my favorite wines from Paso Robles! Founded in 1989 as a partnership between the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in France and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands, Tablas Creek has become synonymous with exceptional Rhône-style wines in California. The winery is renowned for its organic farming practices, its use of biodynamic techniques, and for being the first to import and propagate traditional Rhône grape varieties in the United States, significantly influencing the American Rhône movement.

The vineyard’s unique features include its limestone-rich soils, similar to those in the Rhône Valley, which contribute to the distinctive minerality and complexity of its wines. You must take their FREE (included with wine tasting) vineyard and winery tour to learn about their wines and farming practices.

Elegant Mediterranean-style architecture of DAOU Vineyards with an arched walkway, terracotta roof tiles, and meticulously landscaped surroundings under a bright blue sky.
  • ADDRESS: 2777 Hidden Mountain Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Soul of a Lion (a flagship Bordeaux blend) and DAOU Chardonnay.
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting (a guided exploration of the vineyards and winemaking facilities, paired with a tasting of DAOU’s premium wines)

DAOU Vineyards & Winery, perched atop the Daou Mountain of Paso Robles, is one of the top wineries in Paso Robles with stunning views and best wines. Founded by brothers Georges and Daniel Daou, the winery is renowned for its premium Bordeaux blends, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon based, which thrives in the region’s unique terroir. The estate’s location on Adelaida Mountain provides panoramic views of rolling vineyards and hills. It is one of the best winery in Paso Robles.

A quaint winery building at Justin Winery in Paso Robles surrounded by blooming white flowers and large trees on a sunny day.
  • ADDRESS: 11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Daily
  • BEST WINES: Isosceles (Bordeaux-style blend), Justification (Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend), Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting (tour of the vineyard, production facilities, and barrel tastings), Cave Tour & Tasting (a unique experience exploring the wine caves and tasting wines directly from the barrel)

Justin Vineyards & Winery is known for its fine Bordeaux-style blends that are on par with the best of Napa wineries. Founded in 1981 by Justin Baldwin, the winery’s mission was to produce world-class wines that reflect the unique terroir of Paso Robles. Over the years, Justin winery has gained acclaim for its meticulous approach to winemaking, blending traditional Old World methods with New World innovation.

The combination of its incredible location and great red wines makes it a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts traveling to the Central Coast.

Atmospheric view inside Eberle Winery's wine caves with rows of oak barrels aging wine, illuminated by warm, ambient lighting.
  • ADDRESS: 3810 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Enjoy complimentary FREE tastings!
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Cave Tours (Explore one of the first wine caves in California)

Eberle Winery, founded by Gary Eberle in 1979, is one of Paso Robles’ top wineries, widely recognized for its role in establishing the region as a world-class wine-producing area. With over four decades of winemaking, Eberle Winery has consistently produced award-winning wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon. A distinctive feature of Eberle Winery is its underground caves, offering a unique environment for barrel aging and an interesting tour for visitors.

Niner Wine Estates' stone building with a large arch window, surrounded by neatly arranged lavender bushes and vineyard hills in the distance.
  • ADDRESS: 2400 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir wines. Enjoy complimentary FREE tastings!
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting, Wine and Food Pairing Experience

Niner Wine Estates is a family-owned winery at the heart of Paso Robles’ wine country, known for its sustainable farming practices and great estate-grown wines. Niner stands out for its LEED-certified winemaking facility and solar-powered operations. The estate specializes in Bordeaux and Rhône varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.

Niner’s Heart Hill Vineyard is one of the most prominent landmarks amongst Paso Robles Wineries and one of the most beautiful vineyards in Paso Robles. This winery also offers wine and food pairing as well as excellent farm to table dining experiences.

Exterior of a Tuscan-style villa in Paso Robles with a rounded tower, terracotta roof, and neatly landscaped garden featuring a classical statue.
  • ADDRESS: 6385 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel, CA 93451
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot.
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: VIP Vineyard Tour & Tasting (a comprehensive tour of the vineyard and production facilities with a private tasting session of their premium wines)

Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery is one of the few wineries in Paso Robles that produces wines from Italian varietals like Sangiovese (one of my favorite varietals). The estate’s Tuscan-style villa, lush gardens, and expansive vineyard views offer a luxurious wine tasting experience unlike other wineries of Paso Robles. The winery provides a fun and lively atmosphere with live music on the terrace. It is one of the best Paso Robles wineries that is also family friendly and kid friendly.

  • ADDRESS: 2815 Live Oak Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM by appointment only
  • BEST WINES: Estate Cuvee (a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot), Optimus (a Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot blend) and Côte à Côte (a Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre blend)
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting, Wine and Food Pairing Experience

l’Adventure, as the name suggests, makes wines that are a fusion of Bordeaux varietals and traditional Rhône grapes, reflecting unconventional winemaking practices in Paso Robles.

l’Adventure is renowned for its Estate Cuvee, Optimus, and Côte à Côte wines that beautifully express the unique characteristics of their vineyard sites. The winery’s innovative spirit extends to its vineyard management and winemaking techniques, embracing organic practices and a minimal intervention philosophy.

asting room entrance at Turley Wines, with wine barrels repurposed as planters under a 'Tasting Room Open' sign, set against a stucco wall and clear sky.
  • ADDRESS: 2900 Vineyard Drive, Templeton, CA 93465
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM by appointment
  • BEST WINES: Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel (from one of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards in California), Turley Estate Petite Sirah

Turley Wine Cellars is one of the best wineries in Paso Robles known for its excellent single-vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines of exceptional quality. Turley Wine Cellars sources grapes from over 50 organic and sustainably farmed vineyards across California, with a particular focus on old-vine Zinfandel. This approach highlights the unique characteristics of each vineyard site, resulting in wines that are expressive of their origins. Wine Cellars is a must-visit for Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wine lovers!

Rustic wooden sign of Adelaida Cellars mounted on a stone wall, with the vineyard's driveway and lush greenery in the background.
  • ADDRESS: 5805 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Anna’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Viking Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Signature Rhône blends
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting

Adelaida Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles’ Adelaida District, is renowned for its estate vineyards, sustainable and organic farming. The winery specializes in a range of varietals, including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Rhône blends. Adelaida’s tasting room offers panoramic views of the vineyards and Paso Robles landscape, and is an ideal backdrop for tasting their award-winning wines!

  • ADDRESS: 7505 York Mountain Road, Templeton, CA 93465
  • HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, by appointment
  • BEST WINES: Syrah based blends, GSM (Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah) blends and estate Zinfandel.
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Private Estate Tour & Tasting (offers an in-depth exploration of EPOCH’s vineyards, historic winery, and a curated selection of their wines)

EPOCH Estate Wines is known for its expressive Rhône and Zinfandel varietal wines and specializes in small-lot production. This winery stands on the old York Mountain, the sight of the first bonded winery on Central Coast and is a blend of rich history and modern, cutting-edge winemaking techniques. It has one of the best vineyard views in Paso Robles and is a must visit winery in Paso Robles.

  • ADDRESS: 1480 N. Bethel Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Award-winning Zinfandel wines
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Vineyard Tour (Explore Peachy Canyon’s historic estate and a tasting of their award-winning wines)

Peachy Canyon Winery is a family-owned and operated winery in Paso Robles, celebrated for its incredible Zinfandels and is one of the wineries that established Paso Robles AVA as a premier wine region. Peachy Canyon’s single-vineyard Zinfandels are one of their best wines to try along with Bordeaux and Rhône blends.

The grand entrance of Donati Family Vineyard with a circular logo sign, featuring the Mediterranean-style architecture of the estate in the backdrop.
  • ADDRESS: 2720 Oak View Road, Templeton, CA 93465
  • HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, daily
  • BEST WINES: Claret, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Guided tours of the vineyards and wine production process available by appointment.

Donati Family Vineyard is also family-owned and operated winery that specializes in Bordeaux varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec. Founded in the early 2000s by Ron Donati, the vineyard has flourished under the guidance of the Donati family, who bring a touch of their Italian heritage to the art of California winemaking. Donati Family Vineyard’s Mediterranean style architecture makes it one of the most beautiful wineries in Paso Robles and has some of the best vineyard views in Paso Robles.

  • ADDRESS: 5414 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, by appointment only.
  • BEST WINES: Syrah, Grenache and Bordeaux blends
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting, a guided tour of the vineyard and tasting of estate wines.

Denner Vineyards is nestled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles and makes exquisite wines from Rhône and Bordeaux varietals, along with Zinfandel. The winery is situated on a picturesque 156-acre estate with attention to sustainable farming practices and innovative winemaking techniques.

The winery’s architectural design, featuring a gravity-flow system and natural cave allows Denner to produce wines that are complex and nuanced. Denner Vineyards is a must-visit for any wine enthusiast exploring the Central Coast.

  • ADDRESS: 8910 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Block 22 Syrah, Grenache Blanc
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting (A tour of the vineyard and winemaking facilities, and a tasting of their estate wines) or enjoy a Cave Tour with barrel tasting.

Halter Ranch Vineyard is known for its incredible wines and sustainability. Enjoy premium quality wines of Bordeaux and Rhône varietals in their historic Victorian farmhouse with beautiful architecture as well as incredible vineyard views! Their Block 22 Syrah and Grenache Blanc are two of my favorites from Halter Ranch.

  • ADDRESS: 7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Mountain Zinfandel, Summit Creek Zinfandel, Petite Sirah
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Take the Vineyard Tour to learn about Opolo’s winemaking process, sustainable farming practices, and a taste of their signature wines

Opolo Vineyards is known for its rich, fruit-forward varietals and is famous for Zins and Rhone blends. The vineyard’s is committed to sustainable practices and hands-on approach.

For the best experience, enjoy a leisurely wine tasting on their expansive patio or explore the vineyards on a guided tour.

  • ADDRESS: 6169 Airport Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Arroyo Vista Chardonnay, Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting (Explore the vineyards and learn about wine production and J. Lohr’s sustainable practices.

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in perhaps the most well known of all Paso Robles wines is a cornerstone of California’s wine industry. Founded by Jerry Lohr in 1974, this family-owned and operated winery is one of the most respected names in the wine world. J. Lohr’s extensive vineyard holdings in Paso Robles and their commitment to quality and innovation make them one of the best wineries in Paso Robles.

The winery is best known for its bold Cabernet Sauvignon, vibrant and aromatic Chardonnay, and rich, complex Merlot, among others.

  • ADDRESS: 1650 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Grenache, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Quadrant (a Bordeaux Blend)
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Estate Tour & Tasting (An in-depth tour of the vineyard and state-of-the-art winemaking facility, followed by a curated tasting of estate wines)

Broken Earth Winery produces exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region. Spanning over a vast estate, Broken Earth utilizes sustainable viticulture practices to manage its vineyards. The winery has garnered attention for its diverse portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Rhône blends.

Front view of Tobin James Cellars' rustic exterior with its sign above the entrance, set against a clear blue sky with palm trees in the background.
Warm ambiance inside Tobin James Winery's tasting room with patrons enjoying wine at a carved wooden bar, decorated with western memorabilia.
  • ADDRESS: 8950 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Their exquisite Zinfandels and Cabernets

Tobin James Cellars, located on the east side of Paso Robles, is a unique winery with its lively atmosphere and iconic tasting room, designed to resemble an old-time saloon. Established in 1987 by Tobin James, the winery has developed a reputation for producing bold, fruit-forward wines that capture the spirit of Paso Robles winemaking. Tobin James Cellars produces Zinfandels that are some of the best Paso Robles’ wines.

A tasting at Tobin James’ unique tasting room is a must in Paso Robles. An added bonus is that the winery offers complimentary tastings of their generous selection of wines.

The elegant brick facade of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles with archways and a water fountain in the foreground under a bright blue sky.
  • ADDRESS: 3443 Mill Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Cavern Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rhône de Robles (Rhône blend)
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Cave Tour & Tasting (A guided tour of the winery’s extensive wine caves, followed by a curated tasting of limited production wines)

Robert Hall Winery is a winery renowned for its artisanal winemaking techniques and crafting wines that are both expressive and complex. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rhône blends and Sauvignon Blanc are some of the best wines to try at Robert Hall Winery.

The winery’s state-of-the-art facility features an impressive underground barrel cellar that provides an ideal environment for aging wines. Take the cave tour to learn about the wine making process or try a wine tasting in their tasting rom with vineyard views all around.

  • ADDRESS: 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Estate Viognier, Mourvèdre and other Rhône varietals
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Vineyard Tour

Cass Winery is a family-owned boutique winery that is focused estate-grown Rhône varietals. If you love Rhône varietals, then Cass Winery is a must stop in the Paso Robles wine route. The winery produces excellent Viognier, which has received numerous accolades, as well as other wines like Mourvèdre and Grenache. I am always on the lookout for unique wineries and producers of single varietal wines and love Cass Wines.

The winery also has a farm-to-table café that serves local produce and pairs beautifully with Cass wines.

  • ADDRESS: 3333 Vine Hill Lane, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: By appointment only, Thursday – Monday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Estate Zinfandel, Syrah and Bordeaux blends
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Enjoy a Private Tasting and Tour to learn about Le Cuvier’s winemaking process, and indulge pin a guided tasting paired with chef-prepared bites.

Le Cuvier Winery is another boutique winery that is committed to small-lot, artisanal wine making techniques. Founded by John Munch, Le Cuvier emphasizes a philosophy of minimal intervention, allowing the unique characteristics of each vineyard reflect in each bottle of wine. This approach, combined with aging and the use of wild yeasts, results in wines that are highly sought after by connoisseurs.

Le Cuvier is known for its incredible Zinfandel, Syrah, and Bordeaux blends. The highlight of Le Cuvier is their tasting of wines with food pairings and stunning views. It is one of the best wineries in Paso Robles.

Modern architecture of Linne Colado Winery, featuring large windows and natural wood siding, with young trees and ornamental grasses in the foreground.
  • ADDRESS: 3030 Vine Hill Lane, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: By appointment only, Thursday through Sunday
  • BEST WINES: Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre blends
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Private tours and tastings are available by appointment

Established by Matt Trevisan, Linne Calodo Winery is known for its balanced red blends from Rhône, Zinfandel, and Bordeaux varietals.

Linne Calodo’s wines are a reflection of the terroir of Paso Robles, known for their intensity, depth, and precision. The winery itself is a reflection of its wines: modern, yet rooted in the land it cultivates. If you love modern architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows, Linne Calodo is a must visit.

Bianchi Winery entrance showcasing a large wooden door with iron details, flanked by tall grass and a unique stone and stucco facade during golden hour.
  • ADDRESS: 3380 Branch Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: Open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Signature Zinfandel, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Selection Chardonnay
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Winery Tours are available by appointment.

Bianchi Winery is known for its diverse portfolio, with a particular emphasis on Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. The winery leverages the unique terroir of Paso Robles, alongside innovative winemaking techniques to produce complex wines.

One of the best things about Bianchi Winery is its picturesque estate, and the koi pond. The tasting room offers breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards. It is one of the most beautiful wineries in Paso Robles and a must visit if you love picturesque views.

Beautiful cat sculpture with winery in the background.
  • ADDRESS: 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Figurine (a Bordeaux blend), Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • BEST WINERY TOURS: Sculpture Garden Tour (A guided exploration of the winery’s sculpture garden alongside tastings of Sculpterra’s wines)

Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden is a unique fusion of art and wine and is more than a traditional winery experience. Founded by Dr. Warren Frankel with the vision of combining his passions for fine wine and magnificent art, Sculpterra has become renowned for its expansive sculpture garden. It features works from local and international artists, amidst the natural beauty of its vineyards. Sculpterra also produces great wines with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, and Viognier, among other varietals that thrive in the Paso Robles terroir.

  • ADDRESS: 3750 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • BEST WINES: Zinfandel and Petit Sirah

Cypher Winery is a boutique winery that stands out for its avant-garde approach to winemaking and its dedication to crafting complex wines. Founded by Christian Tietje, Cypher Winery focuses on small-batch, artisanal wines that reflect the distinct terroir of Paso Robles. The winery produces some of the best Zinfandels, innovative blends, and explores lesser-known varietals. It is one of the best small wineries in Paso Robles.

Scenic overlook at DAOU Vineyards in Paso Robles, with two wooden Adirondack chairs facing a breathtaking view of rolling hills and clear skies. One of the best wineries in Paso Robles.

A weekend in Paso Robles will not be complete without staying at one of these luxurious hotels. Whether you are looking to stay in a vineyard hotel or a cute inn in Downtown Paso Robles, we’ve got you covered.

Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Stay in a Tuscan-style luxury resort set on 20 acres of vineyards and fruit-bearing orchards on Paso Robles’ east side. Allegretto resort features a spa, an outdoor pool and fine dining. Look no further than Allegretto if you are looking for for a slice of Tuscany in California. This is our favorite place to stay in Paso Robles.

The Inn at Croad Vineyards

This intimate inn offers stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and the Paso Robles countryside. Enjoy a luxurious stay with wine country charm, tasting rooms nearby, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast.

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites

A Mediterranean-inspired luxury hotel, La Bellasear Hotel is another incredible stay in Paso Robles. It is centrally located for exploring local wineries.

Paso Robles Inn

Offering a blend of historic charm and modern luxury, the Paso Robles Inn features beautifully landscaped gardens, deluxe mineral spa rooms with private hot springs tubs.

Paso Robles is one of my favorite cities to dine for farm to table dining and high quality ingredients. The restaurants and cafes take advantage of their proximity to local wineries and farms and produce incredibly fresh dishes. These are our favorites and must visit restaurants in Paso Robles.

Gourmet beet and citrus salad with a variety of colorful beets, orange segments, and creamy ricotta on a white plate, served as part of a brunch menu.

Thomas Hill Organics

Fish Gaucho

Tin City Cider Co.

The Backyard on Thirteenth

The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar

Il Cortile Ristorante

Rows of dormant grapevines at a vineyard in Paso Robles, showcasing the meticulous agriculture with rolling hills in the distance.

From Los Angeles: Take US-101 N toward San Luis Obispo, then continue on US-101 N to Paso Robles. The drive takes about 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic.

From San Francisco: Take US-101 S through San Jose and continue on US-101 S to Paso Robles. The drive is approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Closest Domestic Airports

  • San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
    • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
    • Distance to Paso Robles: Approximately 30 miles south
    • SBP is the most convenient choice for domestic travelers looking to get as close as possible to Paso Robles, offering flights from major cities across the United States.
  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
    • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    • Distance to Paso Robles: Approximately 115 miles south
    • While primarily serving domestic flights, SBA offers a more relaxed alternative to the larger airports, with a scenic route to Paso Robles through California’s coastline.

Nearby International Airports

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    • Location: Los Angeles, CA
    • Distance to Paso Robles: Approximately 200 miles south
    • LAX is one of the largest international airports in the world, providing the widest range of flight options for both domestic and international travelers, with the added opportunity to explore Los Angeles.
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
    • Location: San Jose, CA
    • Distance to Paso Robles: Approximately 150 miles north
    • SJC serves as a practical international gateway for those coming from within the United States or abroad, offering a variety of domestic and international flights.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    • Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Distance to Paso Robles: Approximately 220 miles north
    • SFO is a major international hub with extensive global connections, suitable for travelers looking to explore San Francisco or enjoy a scenic drive to Paso Robles.

Paso Robles is famed for its bold and expressive red wines. Paso Robles wine region is best known for its Zinfandel. However, Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Rhône varieties including Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre are some of the best wines from Paso Robles wine region.

Wine tasting in Paso Robles is quite affordable compared to other wine regions in California like Napa Valley and Sonoma. Typical wine tasting ranges anywhere between $15 – $40. If you love big bold reds and Rhône blends or Zinfandels, Paso Robles is a great place to try the wines and buy a bottle or two. A few select wineries also offer FREE tastings!

A weekend trip of 2 or 3 days would be ideal to explore Paso Robles wineries and the cute downtown.

Close-up of ripe, deep purple grape clusters hanging from vines, ready for harvest under the bright California sun.

While most of Paso Robles wineries charge a tasting fee, a few wineries do offer complementary tastings. Several wineries also waive the tasting fees with the purchase of wine bottles.

Napa and Paso Robles are very different and unique in their own way. While Napa is more structured and formal, Paso Robles is laid back and friendly. Napa is famous for its Bordeaux blends like Cabernet and Merlot while Paso Robles is known for bold red wines made of Rhône blends and Zinfandel.

Several Paso Robles wineries welcome walk-in visitors, especially the larger ones. It is always best to check the winery’s website or call ahead (particularly if you’re visiting on weekends or during peak season).

Yes! Several wineries in Paso Robles are pet friendly and kid friendly. In fact, Paso Robles wineries are very family friendly compared to the wineries of Napa Valley.

Paso Robles is a year-round destination, but each season offers a unique experience. Spring brings blooming wildflowers and the new releases. Summer offers warm days perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery. Fall is the harvest season and best time to watch the winemaking process. Winter is quiet with cooler weather and fewer crowds.

While there are many wineries in Paso Robles are worth a visit, Tablas Creek, Daou Vineyards, Justin, Niner Wine Estates, Villa San Juliette, Robert Hall and Eberle are the best wineries to visit. Saxum Vineyards is another cult winery in Paso Robles but tastings are hard to get due to its cult following.

Daou, Bianchi, Eberle, Donati, Villa San Juliette, Eberle and Robert Hall winery have some of the best vineyard views in Paso Robles.

Paso Robles offers more than just wine. It is home to craft breweries, distilleries, and artisanal food producers. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to explore, from hiking and biking trails to hot springs. The town itself boasts a charming downtown area with shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Many travelers visiting from LA stop at Santa Barbara and miss out on this great wine destination. With its laid back life, best wineries and proximity to beaches, Paso Robles is one of the best places to visit in California. It is a great alternative to the wine regions of Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara.

Paso Robles makes for a perfect weekend getaway either from San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. We have visited this underrated wine region many times and look forward to come back every time.

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