Melding the arts with wine and food has always been a classic pairing for Swiss-owned Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. Since 2007, the winery has hosted various cultural activities—from chamber music and live bands to fine art exhibitions.
Recognizing the potential of the natural bowl of the landscape behind its event lawn, site of a popular summer concert series, in late 2009 plans were launched to build a California mission-style outdoor amphitheater set on an oak-studded hillside, where patrons could enjoy fine wine, food and live music in an intimate setting. The project would also enable Vina Robles to expand its offerings and showcase an even broader selection of artists from around the world.
The grand 3,300-seat Vina Robles Ampitheatre—one of the largest arts and entertainment venues in San Luis Obispo County—opened in 2013. Since then, it has hosted numerous world-class performing artists in all genres, from Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills and Nash to Trevor Noah and Joe Bonamassa.
The event and concert season lasts from April through October each year. The fall lineup includes:
Los Lobos and The Mavericks September 13
Kansas September 15
Anjelah Johnson September 16
NEEDTOBREATHE September 19
Sebastian Maniscalco September 22
Brothers Osborne October 7
Kip Moore October 30
Guests can choose among various seating options: floor or lawn, fixed stadium-style or luxury boxes, all within 150 feet of the stage.
You won’t go thirsty or hungry here. A well-stocked concession area offers wine (starring Vina Robles estate wines by the glass or bottle), craft beer, wood-fired pizzas, and sandwiches.
Vina Robles Amphitheatre, 3800 Mill Rd., Paso Robles, 805/286-3680, vinaroblesamphitheatre.com.
This story was originally published in the fall 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.