With more than 40,000 vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries in the region, Pas o Robles is a perfect weekend destination for a wine lover’s getaway.
CAB is definitely king in Pas o Robles wine country, and rich, velvety, complex cabernet s auvignon makes up almos t half of all the grapes grown acros s Pas o Robles .
The offerings range from boutique wineries to high-production facilities , and with s ome as s is tance from the Pas o Robles CAB Collective, we did our bes t to s ample as many CABs as we could.
Where to Sip
Five dis tinct s oil types are the key to the unique wines of Ancient Peaks Winery, whos e es tate Margarita Vineyard is the only one in Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. Originally planted by the Robert Mondavi family, the current ranch owners —the Filipponi, Ros s i and Witts trom families —took control of the vineyard in 2005. In addition to a charming tas ting room and the delicious food at Ancient Peaks Café, the winery offers pers onally guided vineyard tours Wed.-Sun. mornings, followed by a private tas ting and chees e and charcuterie (reservations required). ancientpeaks.com
Hope Family Wines has a dis tinctive lounge-s tyle tas ting room pouring five unique labels : Liberty School, Aus tin Hope, Treana, Candor and Troublemaker. Try the big, intens e Treana red, a clas s ic Pas o Robles blend of cabernet, s auvignon and s yrah. hopefamilywines.com
By appointment only (and worth it) is a vis it to Hoyt Family Vineyards, where you can bring a picnic and feed the goats and chickens as you s ip on s ome amazing wine. Try the sophisticated 2012 cabernet s auvignon, which won Bes t of Clas s in the San Francisco Wine Chronicle. hoytfamilyvineyards.com
Another lovely s pot to s ip is Brecon Estate, a boutique s us tainably farmed es tate winery producing an old-vine cabernet s auvignon. Brecon’s award-winning s mall batches of premium wines s ell out quickly and cannot be purchas ed anywhere els e. breconestate.com
One of the lovelies t views , in a region that’s full of them, is DAOU Vineyards and Winery. Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou s earched all around the s tate to find an unrivaled terroir for producing cabernet sauvignon, a ques t that eventually led them to the gorgeous DAOU Mountain in the Adelaida Dis trict. Res ervations are recommended to sip excellent wine while overlooking the vineyards , with panoramic views from 2,200 feet. daouvineyards.com
Where to Eat
Opolo Winery offers pairings on the patio, as well as delicious homemade s aus age and charcuterie, pizzas , s alads and s uch. Idyllic vineyard tours are als o available, which include the tas ting room, distillery, Inn at Opolo, a walnut orchard and more than 70 acres of vines . opolo.com
Offering excellent wine-country cuis ine in a beautiful s etting, Cello Ristorante & Bar features creative but acces s ible dis hes made from regionally farmed and foraged ingredients , alongs ide an extensive wine list. allegrettovineyardresort.com/dining
A long-s tanding farm-to-table favorite, Thomas Hill Organics s ources a wide variety of ingredients from local purveyors to offer a dynamic array of bold, imaginative dis hes . thomashillorganics.com
Where to Stay
Nes tled among 20 acres that include wine grapes and olive and fruit trees , the eclectically elegant Allegretto Vineyard Resort brings owner Doug Ayres ’ s ingular vis ion to life. The impres s ive property evokes an Italian vineyard es tate, with 171 gues t rooms and suites, a wine bar featuring the res ort’s own private wine label, a s pa, a pool and cabanas , manicured gardens , a beautiful Abbey, hundreds of antiques , a 12,000-s quare-foot piazza, and art and artifacts everywhere the eye can s ee. Allegrettoresort.com
This story was originally published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.