SLO Coast Wine

Wine Country Road Trip Up the SLO Coast

California Highway 1: Wine Country Road Trip

You may know the Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1, as one of the most scenic drives in the world. But did you know it’s dotted with world-class wineries in San Luis Obispo County, all sitting an average of 5 miles from the ocean? This makes it the perfect Wine Country Road Trip, from the city of San Luis Obispo (SLO) and its Urban Wine Trail, to Points North wineries in Cambria and outside Paso Robles.

Start on the outskirts of SLO, then drive into the city and up towards California Highway 1. There, you’ll drive up to Cambria and then east on Highway 46, ending near Paso Robles.

 

Filipponi Ranch Winery

Filipponi Ranch Winery in SLO Coast Wine country

– San Luis Obispo

Nestled amongst rolling, oak-studded hills on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo, California, is a unique little historic winery: Filipponi Ranch.

Family-owned and operated, this boutique winery began with the vision of founder Herb Filipponi whose father, Lorenzo, immigrated to America from Switzerland in the early 1900’s with the dream of a better life! After purchasing and settling on this 300-acre ranch, Lorenzo started a dairy farm where Filipponi Ranch Cellars is located today.

The goal at Filipponi Ranch is to make small lots of high-quality wine. The grapes are harvested by hand from some of the finest vineyards located in San Luis Obispo County and every bottle of wine is hand-crafted in the original dairy barn.

With such small production and distribution, tasting is Thursdays through Sundays, 11am to 5pm. Come by and visit! You will be delighted by the beauty of the ranch while you enjoy our hand-crafted wines.

 

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

Stephen Ross Cellars in SLO Coast Wine country

– San Luis Obispo

Our Stephen Ross story begins with my “Stephen Ross Dooley wine story”, in Minnesota, where in my teenage years curiosity in wine led me to make rhubarb and apple wines in our family’s basement…

Things progressed on a nice upward trajectory from that point. Curiosity evolved into a passion for winemaking, which led to a degree in Enology from The University of California, Davis, then 10 years of winemaking (all vinifera from here on out, thankfully) in the Napa Valley, two southern hemisphere harvests, and seven years in the Edna Valley before I launched my brand, Stephen Ross. My wife, Paula, joined the team soon after, and we hired our first employee in 2005. We launched our second brand, Flying Cloud, in 2003.

Stephen Ross was founded on the principle of working with quality vineyards and hand-crafting the best wines possible from the grapes they yield. The winery started small, grew as financial resources allowed, and we stuck to our principles in winemaking and business – great, small production wines, solid business practices, and a nice, engaging place to work for our crew.

We planted our estate vineyard, Stone Corral Vineyard, entirely to pinot noir in 2001 in partnership with two other wineries in the area. In addition to our estate vineyard, we have continued to contract grapes from some of the best vineyards on the Central Coast.

Flying Cloud came along when we identified a need in the market for excellent value wines and varieties other than our main line of business. Flying Cloud offers great wines at great prices. The name pays homage to my Minnesota upbringing, and is the name of a little airport in the town of Eden Prairie, MN.

Our wines reflect our commitment to consistently produce elegant, mind-blowing wines that demonstrate both terroir and Stephen’s winemaking skill from ultra-high premium grapes, estate and contracted. Small production for over 20 years, Stephen Ross wines have won acclaim throughout the industry.

 

Deovlet Winery

Deovlet Winery on the SLO Coast

– San Luis Obispo

As links in a chain, we at Deovlet Wines understand the importance of working together with premium sites and talented winegrowers. Fruit quality is essential to crafting memorable wines of elegance, balance, and harmony.  At each vineyard site during each vintage, vines are carefully managed and yields are restricted in an effort to achieve the ultimate concentration of flavor.  With respect to Mother Nature, harvest decisions are based intending to display the purest, most natural vineyard expression possible.

Throughout the winemaking process, to produce a seamless balance between grape variety and site, the wines are carefully handcrafted with minimal intervention.  Bringing together passion, artistry, and intuition, we are always leaning on the history of this ageless craft and never forgetting ‘those who went before us and showed us the way.’

 

Croma Vera Wines

Croma Vera in SLO Coast Wine country

– San Luis Obispo

Specializing in Spanish varietals, our name Croma Vera is Latin for True Colors.

We guide meticulously-farmed grapes with minimal intervention, allowing each vineyard to reveal its true, unique colors. The name also reflects the artistic background of the owner, Mindy Oliver, beginning her career as an illustrator and transitioning to graphic design.

With experience, creativity and science as our guides, we shape the wine into a work of art.

 

Cutruzzola Vineyards

Cutruzzola Winery on the SLO Coast

– Cambria

Nestled among towering pines and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean is the quaint village of Cambria, California. There, Cutruzzola Vineyards specializes in Pinot Noir and Riesling, both grown right in Cambria near Santa Rosa Creek Road. We produce just 500-600 cases a year so quality over quantity as we can monitor closely every stage of the process!

Our estate vineyard is in a coastal valley just outside the town center only a few miles from the water’s edge, just over the coastal mountains and rolling hills of the Westside Paso Robles wine region. It’s a picturesque sprinkling of small, family-owned farms and artist studios that unfold along scenic Highway 1. On most days you’ll be warmed by sunlight and cooled by ocean breezes as you stand in the vineyard, where we grow Riesling and Pinot Noir on steep hillsides in a cool climate that is ideal for these varietals.

 

Stolo Vineyards & Winery

Stolo Vineyards Live Music in SLO Coast Wine region

– Cambria

Established in 2004, Stolo Vineyards focuses on producing small-lot, premium estate wines with an emphasis on cool climate varietals.

Stolo Vineyards is a winery and tasting room on an estate vineyard in Cambria, California. It is located less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the closest vineyards to the coast in California. Both 2017 and 2018 have been the year of accolades, as our 2014 Estate Hillside Reserve Syrah was ranked as #27 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2017 and our 2016 Estate Syrah was recently awarded #12 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2018. Stolo Vineyards takes pride in their honest approach to winemaking from vineyard to bottle. Every effort is made to keep the integrity of the grape and vineyard by crafting wines that represent the unique terroir of this cool growing region. Visitors are always welcome to the boutique tasting room, where award-winning wines can be enjoyed in a rustic, friendly atmosphere.

 

Niner Wine Estates

– Paso Robles

Niner Wine Estates is a family company dedicated to the concept that truly great wine results from talented people controlling the entire winemaking process from the vineyard to the glass.

Niner Wine Estates only makes wine from grapes they grow themselves. From vineyard to glass, the entire team is working together with a singular goal in mind: to provide you with wines that combine within them a true expression of the vineyards and the creativity of Niner’s people. Niner farms three separate estate vineyards: Jespersen Ranch nestled in the Edna Valley AVA, as well as Bootjack Ranch resting on the Eastern side of the Paso Robles AVA and Heart Hill Vineyard settled on the Western side of Paso Robles. Each vineyard has very different soil profiles and climates resulting in three very unique representations of terroir.