Paso Robles Westside – Wine Country Backroad
The wine country backroads of Paso Robles has several wonderful backroads to experience and this one is west of Highway 101 in Paso Robles wine country. Start by leaving the Paso Robles downtown area and head south on 101. Take exit Highway 46 West toward Cambria. Travel 8.5 miles and turn right onto Oakdale Road. On this portion of Hwy. 46, you will see many tempting wineries to visit, such as Zenaida Cellars and Niner Estates. If you have plenty of time and energy, why not stop in and take a look? After you turn onto Oakdale Road, take a right on Las Tables Willow Creek Road, then turn right on Niderer Road and watch for the signs to Pipestone Vineyard and Dunning Estate Winery. These are two very small wineries with a love and passion for making wine. Pipestone is biodynamic and makes some fantastic tasting Rhone-style wines. After a visit to Pipestone and Dunning, we head on the backroads to Calcareous Vineyard. To get to Calcareous from Dunning, head back along Niderer Road and turn right onto Las Tablas Willow Creek Road. Keep left at the fork and turn right on Peachy Canyon Road. Continue for about five miles and then look for the signs to Calcareous. This is a vastly different winery than the previous two. It is new and luxurious, with a spacious tasting room and a wonderful picnic area. The views are amazing. We love all the wines at Calcareous that are estate grown. The soil is, you guessed it, Calcareous. That gives the wines a distinctive character. After leaving Calcareous, you can head back to Paso Robles on a different route. Just follow the map below. If you are adventurous, you can make your way to another spectacular winery, Daou Vineyards. Daou produces wonderful Bordeaux-style wines. The winery is also new and somewhat extravagant. It is worth a look.