Once a cowboy and cowgirl town, Paso Robles is now a wine country destination for wine lovers and tourists. More than 200 wineries and eleven Wine AVA’s await the traveler. In this article, we focus on what we call the Big Three Wineries in Paso Robles.
Paso Robles Big Three Wineries
If you love visiting the elegant and elaborate wineries of the Napa Valley, the Paso Robles Big Three wineries will certainly be equally as great as an experience in Napa Valley. The Big Three each produce fantastic wines and offer stupendous views and tastings. From downtown Paso Robles, head over 24th Street and go to Adelaida Road. See the map below. Pace yourself and plan your day. Do you want to picnic? Do you want to have food and wine pairings? Do you just want to taste?
Daou Vineyards & Winery
Atop Daou Mountain sits the winery and tasting room. The views are spectacular. The outdoor seating is the ideal place to enjoy the amazing views of the Paso Robles wine country. There are a number of outdoor seating options, heat lamps and other amenities for the visitor.
There are two ways to experience Daou. At the time of this article, it was $40 per person to taste a flight of the Daou white and red wines. The tasting can take place at the tasting bar, indoor seating, or outdoors. Wherever you choose, it is luxury.
The second way to enjoy the Daou experience is with one of two wine and food pairings. Wines are presented with an artisan cheese and charcuterie plate. An educated staff member will guide visitors.
In the second wine and food experience, visitors choose from a menu of bites paired with Daou wines. Both of the tastings are popular and, if you choose to participate, it is best to reserve your time spot. Daou is very popular any time of the year. Check the Daou Website for complete visitor experiences.
Halter Ranch Vineyards
Visitors have many choices for wine tasting fun at Halter Ranch Vineyards: taste wine, take a horseback ride tour, a jeep tour, a cave tour, or have wine and food pairings. If that is not enough, the winery is planning to have a train ride through the Halter Ranch vineyards.
The tasting room is spacious with huge windows that give visitors spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards. Visitors can also choose to sit outside to taste wine. It is also possible to order wine by the glass or bottle. Bring your friends and your picnic delights.
Halter has an Executive Chef who prepares a seasonal food and wine pairing menu, Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. On Sundays, pizza is hot out of the outdoor pizza oven.
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Justin Vineyards & Winery has it all. The winery boasts a Michelin-rated restaurant and the Just Inn, a secluded place to lodge, deep in Paso Robles wine country. There are a few options for tasting and touring the winery. Check out the Justin Website for selecting and booking a wine tasting. The surrounding area has some of the best scenery in all of California wine country. One of the options for touring is an e-bike tour. It is a little pricey, but makes for a fantastic experience; something different to do in wine country.