San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country on California’s Central Coast may be a small oceanfront region, but the wine tasting possibilities here are almost limitless. SLO Wine Country now offers six themed wine-tasting trails.
Now visitors can build local itineraries around a range of lifestyles and wine styles, from urban tasting rooms to beachfront wine tasting. The trails are highlighted in the new SLO Wine Country tasting maps for 2015-16.
The themed trails include: Avila Valley, which offers a full day of wine tasting at and near the beach; Backroads, which shows off the rolling vineyards, distinctive “morro” peaks and storybook terrain of Edna Valley; Urban Wine Trail, which features San Luis Obispo’s urban tasting scene close to downtown; Old Edna & Biddle Ranch, which focuses on the most concentrated vineyard plantings in the region and highlights signature local varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and aromatic whites; Arroyo Grande Valley, the southernmost trail that offers ocean views at one end and rustic hills at the other; and Points North, which highlights the Rhone and Bordeaux varieties that thrive in the warmer climes north.
“SLO Wine Country is an intimate coastal region with less than 30 wineries, but there’s also a ton of diversity here, too,” says Heather Muran, executive director of SLO Wine Country. “These wine trails really showcase all that we have to offer, and they enable you to follow your personal tastes and timeline as you tour the region.”