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Ancient Peaks Winery

Ancient Peaks Winery Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Here, the vines unfold along a rare array of soils amid one of the region’s coolest growing environments. The resulting wines express an unmistakable sense of place, with balanced structure and flavors that are native to Margarita Vineyard.

Denner Vineyards & Winery

The Denner Winery was completed in time for the 2005 harvest. Ron and John believe that great architecture blends with the environment. Denner Winery, therefore is designed to fit into the rolling hills and is complementary to the geography and culture of the Central Coast and the wines they produce.

Beckmen Vineyards

Craftmanship and Quality are the philosophy behind the winemaking at Beckman Vineyards. A small estate winery founded on the belief that the making of superior wines requires hands on craftmanship.

Edge Hill Vineyard Company

In 1996, Danny Villamin planted nine acres of grapevines in his backyard. Before he could see the fruits of his and his wife's labor, The Highway 58 Fire destroyed thousands of acres, including his new vineyard planted only months earlier. The fire destroyed everything but the house and his woodworking shop.

Danny and Nieves replanted the vines in soil that became richer from the embers. Since the fire, Eden Canyon Vineyards has produced small production, handcrafted wines, that have earned accolades, including “Best Value Wine 2006” by Master Sommelier Luis de Santos. It must have something to do with the fire, snow, and occasional earthquakes.

Moonstone Cellars

purple wine grapes on the vine in California

As often happens with family-run wineries, Moonstone Cellars started in the basement of Todd Clift and his dad Muril. The hobby quickly got out of control and became a full-time passion. This little gem has won about 500 wards for his creations, working with California Coastal Grapes. The tasting room is just blocks from where it all started in Cambria and offers to delight your palate with a lighter style Grenache, a full-bodied Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, and a dry Gewurztraminer. You can even reserve a room right above the tasting room to spend the night!  How convenient. There is a little something for everyone at Moonstone Cellars - a great little stop right in the heart of Cambria's West Village.~

Hours:

Mon-     11:00 to 5:00pm
Tues-    11:00 to 5:00pm
Weds-    11:00 to 5:00pm
Thurs-   11:00 to 5:00pm
Fri-        11:00 to 5:00pm
Sat-       11:00 to 5:00pm
Sun-      11:00 to 5:00pm

Bella Luna Estate Winery

Some would say "Bella Luna Winery" started some 38 or so years ago in the hearts and minds of its founders, Kevin Healey and Sherman Smoot. Kevin just returned from honorably serving his country in Viet Nam and Sherm was training as a Navy fighter pilot preparing to go to Viet Nam. Having grown up together as best friends in the Paso Robles AVA, both developed a real passion for wine.

Pear Valley Estate Wine

It started with 20 acres in 1999 and now Tom and Kathleen own 113 acres where they dedicate their energy and resources to providing the best environment for growing premium grapes. The vineyards are operated with sustainable farming practices to ensure that the best fruit possible will still be grown there when their grandchildren operate the farm.
The next phase of the dream began in the Spring of 2008 when they broke ground on a 14,000 winery and 5,000 square foot tasting room. Continuing the dedication to providing the best environment possible, the winery and tasting room were designed in partnership with PG&E through their “Savings By Design” program to design buildings that are energy efficient and environmentally sound.
In August 2012 Pear Valley officially achieved Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Vineyard Certification. Attaining SIP Certification demonstrates dedication to vineyard practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically-viable

Exceeded expectations are the best words to begin this review. The east side of Paso Robles is a place that at times does not receive the credit due or publicity that the west side has basked in for many years. Despite what some public opinion states there are a growing number of incredible attractively priced wines and well run establishments creating unique experiences all over the east and my recent trip to Pear Valley Winery was something that far and beyond exceeded my expectations.

Serving both Rhone and Boudreaux varietals, various blends, and well balanced wines all around they have something for the varying discerning tastes. Throw in some complimentary warm meatballs, a nice cheese spread, various cracker selections, and a friendly staff how could you not enjoy yourself.

Dark Star Cellars

looking through wine glass at landscape

Dark Star Cellars is a rustic working winery and vineyard just of the West 46 and 5 min from Central Paso Robles. We really enjoy the Mirror (Syrah/Cab/Merlot blend), Passing By (Cab/Merlot blend), the Jack of Hearts (Cab/Merlot/Petit Verdot) and Jersey Girl. Wines were great. Excellent wines would highly recommend. 

 

Hours:
Mon      10:30am to 5:30pm
Tues     10:30am to 5:30pm
Wed      10:30am to 5:30pm
Thur     10:30am to 5:30pm
Fri        10:30am to 5:30pm
Sat       10:30am to 5:30pm
Sun      10:30am to 5:30pm

Rancho Sisquoc

Located in northern Santa Barbara County on the Sisquoc
River 14 miles east of Santa Maria, Rancho Sisquoc is part
of an 1852 Spanish land grant. The Chumash Indians
called this area "Sisquoc", which meant "gathering place".  
Today Rancho Sisquoc is again a gathering place, this time
for wine lovers.

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