Favorite Wineries in SLO
Whether you came to San Luis Obispo for the wine or you got here and realized you had to indulge – there is no country road in SLO that will lead you to sour grapes. The vineyards in the Central Coast enjoy a unique climate that allows for the fruit to become more concentrated. With the slight drop in temperatures in the evening, but overall warmer nights, the fruit is able to ripen to its prime concentration. Moderate temperatures year round make the Central Coast a haven for wine lovers – hence the many wineries scattered across San Luis Obispo County. If you are planning to experience wine country of the Central Coast during your stay, all you have to do is cruise on down Highway 227 toward Edna Valley.
When heading out for your wine adventure, we recommend you stop by a few of our favorites – Baileyana Winery is one of the Niven family wines. Their charming historic Independence Schoolhouse tasting room looks over rolling hills of vineyards. Guests are invited to sit outdoors and enjoy the relaxing dining areas and authentic bocce ball courts, along with an enticing shop stocked with gourmet foods. In addition to Baileyana wines, you can enjoy all of the Niven wines including True Myth, Tangent, Zocker, Trenza and Cadre at one tasting room.
Another favorite is Edna Valley Winery, with a seasonal tasting list and panoramic views of the valley – this winery is one you can’t miss. Located just down the road from Baileyana, Edna Valley Winery offers a variety of wines that are sure to delight. A local favorite is Edna’s Central Coast Pinot Noir described as an “aromatically complex, this wine displays nuances of rose petal, cola, earth and black cherry… with a full mouthfeel, fine tannins and a long finish” – making for a perfect wine year round.
If you want to experience “Old Edna,” we suggest you stop by Sextant Wines. To get the full experience, sign up for an estate tour in advance. The estate tour begins with a discussion of the varied terrain and terroir in their vineyards, stretching from Monterey, Paso Robles to Edna Valley, in addition to Sextant’s unique history and approach to viticulture. The tour also includes tastings of current wines. Available by appointment starting at $75 per person or $90 per person with lunch included.
With the plethora of wineries around San Luis Obispo, you are sure to find a wine you love. The fun doesn’t have to stop at the wineries! Be sure to check out the annual SLO Wine Festivals and Events – including winery tours, wine and barrel tastings, blending seminars and winemaker dinners throughout the year. And as always, don’t forget to #ShareSLO!