It’s summer and we all know what that means – school’s out! In the San Luis Obispo coastal wine region, our family-friendly wineries invite you and your family to a wine tasting day where you can explore the cool climate, handcrafted wines of the SLO Coast, and the kids can have some fun!
Note: More SLO family-friendly activities: beach, hike, farm animals, etc.
Bocce at Baileyana, True Myth, Tangent
Wine: The Baileyana family of wines grows eleven different grape varieties, and makes an extreme range of wines in a wide array of carefully focused styles. This showcases the diversity of the cool-climate and SIP-certified sustainable vineyard located in California’s Edna Valley, the historic Paragon Vineyard. No other wine company, whether corporately held or family-owned, grows grapes and makes such a broad spectrum of wines from a single cool-climate estate. Rather than group all of these efforts under one wine brand, the Nivens have strategically positioned them as four separate projects for you to enjoy: Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth and Zocker.
Kids: There is a large lawn area, which is fenced off from the road. Bring blankets, toys and small yard games for your group. There are also two Bocce courts available on a first come-first served basis, where your group can taste and play Bocce.
Cornhole at Claiborne & Churchill
Wine: With its first crush, Claiborne & Churchill announced its special focus, producing 565 cases of Dry Riesling and Dry Gewurztraminer, inspired by the fruity but dry dinner wines of the French province of Alsace. Today Claiborne & Churchill produces about 8,000 cases of wine each year, sourcing grapes from vineyards in the cool maritime valleys of California’s Central Coast and its own small estate vineyards.
Kids: There is a large outdoor courtyard space, where Cornhole is available for kids and adults, plus a few rows of grapevines that show the seasons of a vineyard…and are ripe for some great photos.
Cornhole, Games & Peacocks at Kelsey See Canyon
Wine: Kelsey See Canyon specializes in wines that are approachable and high-quality, no matter your level of wine tasting experience. They make many varieties of wine, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Estate Chardonnay and unique apple-grape blends, ”Scrumpy” Hard Cider and Sparkling Wine, just to name a few.
Kids: You can taste outside at the various shaded outdoor tables near a creek, with games you can grab from the tasting room. There is also giant Jenga and Cornhole, along with many resident peacocks to see, as they wander among the small vineyard and creek-side tables.
In addition, you can bring your own blankets and games at these SLO Coast Wineries that have large lawns & picnic areas:
- Biddle Ranch creates small-batch wines handcrafted in the heart of the Edna Valley’s rolling hills. With estate Chardonnay grapes growing on the vine, and sweeping views of the Santa Lucia range, the tasting room also offers Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet in an uncomplicated, elegant setting.
- Chamisal’s Malene winery is located next door to Chamisal’s tasting room in Edna Valley, and focuses exclusively on Rosé wine. Try a variety of old-world Rosé styles from their vintage ’69 Airstream trailer, flanked by a large green lawn with plenty of space.
- For more than three decades, Edna Valley Vineyard has been dedicated to producing a grape that grows best in this long, cool growing season: Chardonnay. Today, Edna Valley Vineyard offers a portfolio of crisp, balanced, food-friendly wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio. Try them in their iconic tasting room with sweeping views of the vineyards and a large outdoor patio and lawn.
- Located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, Laetitia’s coastal property overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Originally known for Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines, Laetitia continues to produce seven unique sparkling wines. Currently, they are just as well known for their handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet and more.
- Saucelito Canyon’s owner began by painstakingly restoring an abandoned Zinfandel that was planted in 1880 in the upper Arroyo Grande Valley. Now producing one of California’s most distinguished Zinfandels, the winery has merged new methods in sustainable winegrowing with family traditions and winemaking style, which creates wines with flavors that are native only to this historic dry-farmed vineyard in the remote chaparral of Saucelito Canyon.
- Established in 2004, Stolo Vineyards focuses on producing small-lot, premium estate wines with an emphasis on cool-climate varietals like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Syrah. It is located less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the closest vineyards to the coast in California. This cool climate creates uniquely delicate wines.
- Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. The Talley’s farming history in the area dates to 1948 when Oliver Talley began growing vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Guided by this legacy and a commitment to long term sustainability, Talley Vineyards focuses on attention to detail in all aspects of farming and winemaking operations. The goal is to produce distinctive wines of consistently high quality that best express the unique character of each of the Talley family’s six vineyard sites in the two valleys.
- At Tolosa, they are true believers in the special terroir that is Edna Valley, nestled amongst the northwest to southeast running volcanic hills of San Luis Obispo County and the frontier for the most complex cool-climate varietals in California. These Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays reflect the cold northwest wind that sweeps down the coast and funnels into the valley, as well as the remarkable diversity of soil types: ingredients for nuanced and balanced wines of distinctive character.
- Wolff Vineyards is situated on 125 acres overlooking the Edna Valley. As a family owned and operated winery, wine enthusiasts and families will feel at home in the tasting room and outdoor garden. The vineyard was established over 42 years ago, and owners Jean-Pierre and Elke Wolff have provided an old-world atmosphere to the artisan winery, creating small-lot wines from their certified sustainable vineyard.