Napa and Sonoma wine-tasting rooms can get crammed with honeymooners but Paso Robles attracts a different type of connoisseur of wines. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the historic town of Paso Robles became known for its hot mineral springs. Once known as the almond capital of the world, Paso Robles’ agriculture has gradually changed from dry land farms to irrigated vineyards.
Tourists are attracted to Paso Robles for its mild climate, beautiful scenery, mineral baths and wine. Paso Robles has 26,000 acres of vineyards and five distinct wine trails, dispersing the crowds and creating an easy-going wine destination where visitors come to taste stellar wines and get away from it all.
Steve Heimof of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, which recently named Paso Robles wine region of the year says “Over the past two years these winemakers have been making crazy, wild blends of red. It would be hard to do that in Napa: it’s so traditional there.”
Since 2000, the number of wineries has quadrupled to 200 (sample top zinfandels and red blends at Dusi Vineyard or Epoch Wines , and an “old” favourite restaurant (circa 2006) is Artisan, famous for decadent lamb-leg dip and Cuban sandwiches.