Oenophiles, hopheads and foodies can now travel united. With a history of world renown wine, fresh seafood in our backyard, locally raised beef grazing in the back forty, and thousands of acres dedicated to organic fruits and vegetables, the experience you came for just needs to be ordered. Dine creekside with a historic 240-year-old mission as a backdrop or discover an intimate bistro over a glass of wine partnered with local artisan cheese.
The San Luis Obispo wine region produces award-winning wines that are known around the globe for quality, craftsmanship and distinctiveness. Wine lovers recognize this area, as well as the nearby Paso Robles wine region, as ideal for producing a superior Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and other Rhône varietals. More than 30 wineries and tasting rooms are near SLO. The area’s advantageous microclimate makes it perfect for cultivating grapes and producing wine. Some varietals demand the cooler air of the San Luis Obispo wine region, while others need the warmer daytime temperatures of Paso Robles. Take a day or even a weekend to taste the distinction, and then bring a bottle or two home.
Known internationally as a wine region, San Luis Obispo county has emerged onto the craft beer scene in recent years. Breweries are spread throughout the region’s downtowns, pubs and industrial complexes as SLO-grown craft brewers continue to explore what can be created with simple application of barley, hops, yeast and water.
With world renowned wineries and some of the most innovative craft breweries peppered throughout some of the most beautiful panoramas this side of Bordeaux, you’re going to need directions. Better yet, you’re going to need a driver. Even better yet, how about a driver/sommelier. San Luis Obispo County is home to an extensive list of specialty driving tours that range from wine, beer and olive oil to scenic tours and private limo services.
San Luis Obispo County’s agricultural roots provide a decades-long head start on the farm-to-fork movement. Fresh seafood, locally raised beef, more than 11,000 acres dedicated to organic fruits and vegetables and award winning wine a plenty allows local chefs to spend more time creating and less time thinking about the logistics of getting fresh product.