Today, nestled halfway between Carmel and Santa Barbara, Paso Robles is quickly becoming the “Queen” of the Central Coast. The rolling hills dotted with 200 year old oak trees and vineyards as far as you can see, has some of the prettiest landscape in the world. It’s like Tuscany, one tourist said, only the wine is better.
PASO ROBLES Winery and Vineyards enjoys almost 350 acres divided equally between the East & West sides. The West side enjoys warm days and cool nights credited to “The Templeton Gap”. At night the gap in the Santa Lucia Mountains allows the ocean to influence the West side with cool moist air. Quality red wine grapes love that. They like to heat up and take in the sun all day long and then rest at night with the cooling breezes. Sounds pretty much like what humans prefer also. Combine this climate with the very calcareous soil and pure water from deep in the ground and “Voila” you have the nearest thing to heaven for wine making. The sandy soil of the East side has even hotter days and cooler nights but dryer. Whites couldn’t have it any better.
Here at PASO ROBLES Winery & Vineyards we take full advantage of what nature has provided. Our vineyards are lovingly cared for by people, never machines. By hand picking our grapes we insure that only the best clusters find their way into the winery. We treat all of our vines like family and we have even been tempted to have music piped into the vineyards to guarantee contented grapes. (You’re right I just made that up) but it would be nice for us humans to have the sounds of Andrea Bocelli wafting through the air while working in the vineyard. Enough dreaming – but honestly – isn’t Paso Robles the best place on Earth for wine grapes to grow? Maybe – just maybe.