A 20-minute drive will get you from any vineyard, beach or restaurant in San Luis Obispo to another. The wine roads of Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande are sparsely populated, so visiting the area is more like a drive through the country than a trek along a tourist route.
Winemaking in the region dates to the 1880s and the Franciscan padres. The modern wine era there began in the early 1970s. Most of the wineries in Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande are open to the public, and many of the smaller wineries sell their wines locally or out of their tasting rooms. You may just make a discovery.
Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.
For more wineries on the Central Coast, see our Winery Search.Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
Here's a winery that makes a little of everything, and all of it surprisingly well. The sparkling wines are crisp and appealingly straightforward, while the Pinot Noirs are typically rich and structured. The winery, originally home to sparkling-wine house Maison Deutz, is built into a hillside overlooking Highway 101 and is a favorite with wine tourists for its scenic picnic area and friendly tasting-room staff.Edna Valley Vineyard
One of the region's oldest and largest wineries is also one of the most visitor-friendly, with a deck for picnicking, a demonstration vineyard and an attractive tasting room with an expansive view of the valley. The sample wines, particularly the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, give tasters a fine overview of the pure, focused and fruit-forward regional style, which Edna Valley winery helped forge. The winery is owned by wine-giant Diageo and the Niven family, longtime local growers.Talley Vineyards
The Talley family has been growing crops in Arroyo Grande for more than six decades. Luckily, bell peppers and zucchini thrive on the valley floor, leaving room for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the hills. Wine styles vary from fruit-forward and fun to earthy and intense, but quality is consistently high. The Talleys farm about 220 acres in various soils around the region. In the Mediterranean-style visitors' center, the tasting room pours a collection of new releases.Chamisal Vineyards
When Crimson Wine Group purchased Domaine Alfred from vintner and former Silcon Valley executive Terry Speizer, the company renamed it Chamisal Vineyards, its historic name. Speizer had replanted the vineyard when he bought it in the mid-1990s. It now has 82 acres of mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wines consistently offer intensity without sacrificing balance or elegance; expect outstanding Pinot Noir and very good Chardonnay.
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