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Wine Tasting San Luis Obispo

Just a short drive from Downtown SLO, Edna Valley has an abundance of wineries to choose from! Every winery offers something different from unique tasting lists to special events, making wine tasting in San Luis Obispo fun for everyone. Some even offer special treats for your four-legged friends!

Download a San Luis Obispo winery map, draw your course and start tasting some Central Coast wines.

 

San Luis Obispo Appellation


The wineries of SLO Wine Country boast an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and the prevailing marine conditions—including both climate and soil—are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California and beyond. SLO Wine Country is renowned for producing some of California's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Local pioneering wineries were among the first in California to recognize that Burgundian varietals excel in the state’s coolest winegrowing environments.

Aromatic whites such as Albariño, Riesling and Pinot Gris as well as Rhône varietals also thrive in SLO Wine Country’s cool environs. Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals excel in the warmer inland mountainous boundaries. Pinot Noirs from SLO Wine Country are distinctively dense and concentrated, leaning more toward the black fruit spectrum and exhibiting ample spice elements. These are serious Pinot Noirs that exhibit concentration, complexity and aging potential. Chardonnays from SLO Wine Country typically exhibit an intense tropical fruit character balanced by fresh natural acidity. This acidity and malic acid in particular, is nurtured by the cool growing conditions and brings a crisp apple element to the wines.

While diversity abounds in SLO Wine Country, the region’s wines are also united by three core qualities that reflect the region’s distinctive growing conditions. These qualities are: (1) balance fostered by reliable marine cooling; (2) complexity enhanced by the diversity of the coastal soils; and (3) consistency nurtured by a narrow bandwidth of temperature fluctuations. The majority of SLO Wine Country’s vineyards are Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, reflecting a shared community respect for the environment.

 

Sparkling Wine in San Luis Obispo


Known for its finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, San Luis Obispo wine country offers something special for those who enjoy their bubbly. Along the Central Coast, sparkling wine adds variety and vibrancy to the popular still varietals produced here.

Although Champagne is traditionally made in France with Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, California sparkling wine can be produced from almost any type of grape while utilizing the same traditional winemaking methods from Champagne, France.

When touring San Luis Obispo wine country, we recommend that you visit Baileyana, True Myth, Sextant, Talley Vineyards, Claiborne & Churchill, Sinor-LaVallee or Laetitia Vineyard & Winery to taste their sparkling wine. Map out your bubbly trail using the San Luis Obispo Sparkling Wine Map today!

Known for their sparkling wines, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery produces seven different types of sparkling wine from their vibrant Brut Rosé to their Non-Vintage Laetitia XD with honeysuckle and orange zest aromas. Some of the local wineries only produce minimal quantities of sparkling wine, which is why they may not be listed on their tasting menus. If so, you are always welcome to ask about their sparkling wine availability while visiting.

 

San Luis Obispo Wineries

 

 

To download a printable map of SLO wineries, click here. If you are looking to travel along one of our wine trails from Tasting by the Beach to Discovering the Back Road, find printable maps here.

 

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