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
With an array of rare soils and coolest growing environments, the resulting Ancient Peaks' wines express an unmistakable sense of place, with balanced structure and flavors that are native to Margarita Vineyard.
Proud to be one of the tiniest wineries on the Central Coast of California, Autry Cellars produces only 1000 cases total per year of high quality handcrafted wines.
Biddle Ranch Vineyard was conceived by a group of friends with a passion for fine wine and good food, producing high quality wine within Edna Valley.
Cal Poly Wine is proud to present this premier wine, representing a collaborative effort by viticulture, enology, and wine business students in the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture major.
The winemakers at Center of Effort create their wines in small handcrafted lots, always with a gentle touch, and frequently relying on experienced intuition to guide our decisions.
The historic Chamisal property, being the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley, has long been producing wines of a distinctive character - bold, complex and intriguing.
Claiborne & Churchill is a small, premium family-owned winery in the Edna Valley, founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson.
Focused on Italian varietals and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, Clesi was born from a passion for regional wines of Italy, grown and produced on California's Central Coast.
Their home vineyard – Edna Valley Vineyard – lies along California’s pristine coastline. Today, their winemaker brings a passion for the Central Coast and the extraordinary expressions of flavor that come from this unsung region to offer balanced, elegant wines.
Nestled amongst rolling, oak-studded hills on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo, California, is a unique little winery. The goal at Filipponi Ranch is to make small lots of high quality wine.
Nestled among apple orchards in the heart of See Canyon, Kelsey See Canyon Winery is minutes from Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean. Come by, sip superb award winning wines including their unique apple-grape blends and "Scrumpy" Hard Cider.
Niven Family Wine Estates is authentic, not virtual, nor corporate. Two generations of the family currently manage the company; they actively own and operate the land, vineyards, state-of-the-art winery, and historic tasting room.
Baileyana Winery combines the best of three worlds, old, new and future, and produces estate Grand Firepeak Cuvées of concentrated flavors and balanced acidity.
Cadre embodies the pioneering spirit of our winemaking team via a small production Pinot Noir from our sustainably farmed historic Edna Valley estate. Cadre pays tribute to its “Architects,” the people and resources that make this wine what it is.
Tangent starts with grapes of intense varietal character, grown in the cool, temperate Edna Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant works his magic, and ultimately bottle fresh, crisp and vibrant white wines.
Trenza, a line of New World blends that showcase the diverse cool and warm climates of the San Luis Obispo County wine region. Trenza, the Spanish word for “braid,” represents the blend of different varietals.
True Myth offers real quality at a value price from an authentic place.
Zocker takes a unique approach to developing a new style. Both these wines bring an exciting and progressive approach to winemaking and wine drinking.
Kynsi Winery resides on a historic ranch in a charming and renovated old dairy in the heart of the Edna Valley.
Laetitia is passionate about producing premium estate wines that showcase the distinctive qualities of the Arroyo Grande Valley. Originally known for Methodé Champenoise sparkling wines, Laetitia continues to produce seven unique sparkling wines.
Niner Wine Estates makes wine from grapes grown themselves. From vineyard to glass, their entire team is working together with a singular goal in mind: to provide you with wines that combine a true expression of their vineyards and creativity.
Peloton Cellars’ mission is to create quality wines that are a pleasure to drink any night of the week and enjoy with any meal from our well-balanced Cabernet to our crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. All their wines are crafted from the lush, fertile soil of the Paso Robles wine region of California’s Central Coast.
The Nipomo Wine Group was created in 2004 by four couples who share a passion for winemaking and enjoying the lifestyle of the California’s Central Coast. Each one of us brings a unique skill to Phantom Rivers Winery which includes: winemaking, business administration, marketing, scientific theory, cooking, and wine & food pairing.
The Saucelito Canyon story begins in 1880, when three acres of Zinfandel vines were planted in the rugged terrain of the upper Arroyo Grande Valley on California’s Central Coast. Their story continues today as they merge new methods in sustainable winegrowing with their family traditions and winemaking style, which we collectively call the "Saucelito Way."
Seven Angels Cellars began as a result of passion. Seven Angels Cellars make both red and white wines, all hands-on from vine to bottle. Every bottle literally has their handprint on it.
The highly acclaimed Sextant Wines features powerful Zinfandel and Bordeaux styles of wine. Next, continue your journey with our Founder's Collection by tasting rich Burgundy and Rhone style blends. Before departing, you must enjoy the notable Windemere Pinot Noir from their MacGregor Vineyards – the oldest vineyard in Edna Valley.
Starting in 2013, their wines are all from our Estate vineyard in Avila Beach with an ocean view. Sinor-LaVallee has Pinot Noir (8 clones), Syrah, Chardonnay (3 clones), Pinot Gris and Albarino (planted on 3ft terraces).
Made using traditional Burgundian methods, Stephan Ross' wines are expressive with finesse and balance, resulting from high quality farm practices that focus on open canopies, low to moderate yields and state-of-the-art winemaking.
Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.
Tolosa’s goal is to make balanced wines that are true to varietal character and expressive of the cooling ocean breezes and long growing season that define their estate vineyards. Tolosa utilizes the most environmentally sustainable practices in growing grapes and creating distinctive wines.
Come enjoy Wolff Vineyards’ panoramic views and vines to wine experience in an old world atmosphere. Enjoy a picnic lunch and our small lot produced wines surrounded by the certified sustainable vineyard.
Wine Taste in the Heart of SLO
- Central Coast Wines
- Foremost Wine Company
- Luis Wine Bar San Luis Obispo
- Monterey Street Wines
- The Station
- Wine Shed
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