The historic San Luis Obispo’s Dallidet Adobe & Gardens (State Historical Landmark #720, 1185 Pacific St.) is now home to exhibitions and events sponsored by the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County.
Born in the south of France, Pierre Hypolite Dallidet moved to San Luis Obispo in the 1850s. After marrying his wife, Ascension Salazar, Dallidet built the adobe adjacent to that of the Salazar family in 1856. Growing over 150 varieties of grapes, Dallidet made and bottled the first wine sold commercially in San Luis Obispo County. The adobe has undergone renovation to make it more comfortable for tastings and gatherings.
The current exhibit runs through July 5 and is titled “Wine Becomes Art,” showcasing works by local artists who have created paintings and etchings as wine labels. Another exhibit called “ZIN/SLO,” opening June 7, explores the mysterious origins of the Zinfandel grape and the early 19th Century plantings in San Luis Obispo County.
The Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County preserves and presents two centuries of local viticulture through research and interviews, exhibitions and publications, talks and demonstrations, plantings and harvestings, and food and wine tastings. For more information on the historic Dallidet Adobe or the Wine History Project events, visit winehistoryproject.org.