Need to get away from the mainstream? Take the Hidden Wine Trail Eastside. Here are five very different and fascinating wineries. These five hidden wineries on the eastside of Highway 101 near downtown Paso Robles. Pear Valley and Pomar Junction have great views and also have a good picnic area. Clautiere is goofy fun! Pack your lunch and enjoy the views and the wines.
Our selection of the best hidden wineries on the eastside
• Penman Springs – Coziest and friendliest tasting room
• Clautiere Vineyards – Most outlandish tasting room, a”must see”
• Cass Vineyards – A good place to enjoy a deli lunch
• Pear Valley – Amazing views of eastside vines, spacious tasting room
• Pomar Junction Vineyard – Nine generations of farming at this ranch
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Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours
This winery started in 1999 and the winery and tasting room were completed in 2009. Pear Valley easily has one of the most spectacular views in all of wine country. They do weddings here, and what a memorable setting it is. The tasting room is vast, as in the picnic area. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the buildings are designed for energy efficiency. One of the things that I like about this winery is the pricing of the wines. The wines are good quality wines and there are plenty to choose from in the under $20 range. Directions from downtown Paso Robles: Head north on Spring St. and turn right on 24th Street. Turn right on Union Road. Take the first left to stay on Union Road.
Tasting room is open 11 – 5 daily
(805) 237-2861, email: email@example.com Pear Valley
From Pear Valley, head west on Union Road and in about 1.5 miles turn left on Penman Springs Road. Clautiere began operation in 2002 and has been going strong ever since. As soon as one spots the tasting room, you will understand that something is up. There is no seriousness here, just fun and some excellent Rhone style wines along with a few others. This tasting room is not to be passed up. What would Napa Valley say about this winery – way too funky?
Tasting Room Open Daily Noon to 5 p.m, Phone:(805) 237-3789
E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, Clautiere Vineyards
Penman Springs Vineyards
Penman Springs is a low-key, very friendly tasting room. Usually, you will find a couple of delicious appetizers to go along with the wines. The wines are all quite good and the best thing, reasonably priced. The dry Muscat Blanc and the Merlot are not to be missed. The tasting room usually has some appetizers to go with the wine. Penman Springs is located a little more than a half-mile from Clautiere on Penman Springs Road.
Tasting room open Friday – Sunday, 11:00 to 5:30, Phone: (805) 237-7959
E-mail:email@example.com Penman Springs Vineyards
From Penman, turn left onto Linne Road and travel 2.3 miles to Cass. Note, during the winter this road could be washed out. If so, you will have to take the long way around. This means going back on Penman. Turn right on Union and right on Geneseo Road. Take a right onto Linne Road to Cass Vineyards.
You will find things more serious and wine-like at Cass Vineyards. This winery has a very elaborate tasting room with a beautiful tasting area and a great looking barrel room. Everything about the winery is on the chic side. The staff is serious but friendly. But the best part of a visit are the wines. Our two favorites are the Tango, a dry rosé Rhone, and the Rockin One, mainly a Grenache wine with an added touch of Syrah. Wines are all estate wines and the production of each is very limited. The winery has a very cozy picnic area and nice vineyard views.
Tasting room open daily Noon to 5pm, Phone: (805) 239-1730
E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Cass Vineyards
Pomar Junction Vineyard
Pomar Junction is about 15 minutes away from Cass. From Cass head east on Linne Road for 1.5 miles. Continue straight onto Geneseo Road for 2 miles. Turn right onto Creston Road and travel 3.5 miles and turn left onto S. El Pomar Road and proceed 1.7 miles to the winery entrance. Eight generations of the Merrill Family have been farming Pomar Junction. For 30 years the family grew vines that were sold off to local wineries. After much pondering, the family decided that their premium grapes should be made into their own wine. Now it is Dana and Marsha Merrill and son Matthew that farm the vineyards sustainably. Matt is the winemaker, along with consulting winemaker Kevin Riley of Sextant Winery fame. This is a cozy spot to taste wine and even better for picnicking. There is a boxcar and caboose to check out and beautiful views of the vineyards. You will love the wines at Pomar Junction.
Tasting room open 11-5 daily,
Phone: (805) 238-9940, email: pomarjunction.com. Pomar Junction