Some of the best parts of the Paso Robles wine country are the many backroads of the area that lead to fantastic vistas and out-of-the-way wineries. A hidden wine trail on the westside of Highway 101 is the Peachy Canyon Wine Trail. It begins in the town of Paso Robles. Head up 6th Street and find Pacific Avenue which takes you to Peachy Canyon Road. You can visit all the wineries on the “Peachy Canyon Backroads” over one or two days. Or, combine a visit to one or more of these wineries with the other two wine trails on the west side of Highway 101. Take it slow and always pack a lunch for a great picnic time on this wine trail.
Peachy Canyon Backroad Wineries
• Calcareous Vineyards – Beautiful Rhone styles wines, spacious tasting room
• Minassian Young Vineyard – Another husband-wife team produces Zins & Rhones
• Michael Gill Cellars – 1000 case winery with Rhone-style wines the focus
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Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours
The Calcareous winery gets its name because of the type of soil that is in this area of Paso Robles. It is similar to soils found in the Rhone region of France, and thus the emphasis at Calcareous on Rhone-style wines. The tasting room is vast, and the views panoramic. Calcareous is an excellent spot for a picnic lunch. Relax and take in the views while sipping a nice chilled glass of Marsanne. To get to Calcareous from Dunning, you have a couple of choices. This route is a little longer but has better roads. Go back along Niderer Road, 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.
There are some exciting wines at Minassian-Young Vineyards: A 100% Tannat, a Rosé that is 100% Cinsault, and a blend of Tannet, Carignan, and Zinfandel labeled Tarantula. David Young and Amparo L. Young are the winemakers and owners. Combining their knowledge in fruit science and plant biology, they have teamed up to makes some excellent wines.
Visitors to Gill will find beautiful views, plus a tasting room looking like a hunting lodge. Michael Gill is a retired dentist who now spends his time crafting delicious wines. The Syrah is the flagship wine, but how about the Alicante Bouchet or the Tempranillo wines? There is also a lovely cottage on the property available for rent.