Paso Robles

In addition to Tablas Creek Vineyard, there are well over 200 other wineries in the Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area) as well as hundreds of independent vineyards.

These vineyard and wineries include specialists in Zinfandel, Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet and Merlot, and (of course) Rhône varietals like us.

Where is Paso Robles?

Map of Paso RoblesPaso Robles is located in Calfornia's Central Coast, midway between Santa Barbara and Monterey, about 4 hours south of San Francisco. It is bisected by highway US-101 and the Salinas River, and has excellent (and quite different) growing regions on both east and west sides of town.

Why Paso Robles?

Paso Robles has a unique combination of attributes that make it ideal for growing grapes. These include:

  • The highest diurnal (day/night) temperature variance of any viticultural area in the United States: In the summer months, it is routinely in the mid 90s to low 100s during the day. However, our dry climate and our proximity to the ocean give us exceptionally cool nights, often down in the low 50s.
  • Incredibly diverse microclimates: Paso Robles has wide differences in elevation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which gives enormous climatic diversity. Its cooler areas (principally the Templeton Gap area) specialize in Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel. Its higher-elevation, mid-climate areas (principally the Adelaida Hills area in the north-west quadrant of town) is producing award winning Rhone Varietals, while its warmest areas (east and north of town) specialize in Bordeaux varietals. No other American AVA has as much diversity.
  • A reliable climate: Paso Robles is far enough south that it rarely rains before November, allowing growers and winemakers the opportunity for long hangtime and optimally ripened grapes. At the same time, the hot days are balanced by the cool nights, leading to harvests in late September, October and often November.
  • Tremendous soils: Paso Robles has wonderfully diverse soils, including the largest exposed limestone clay layer in California. Limestone is common in many of the great wine regions in Europe, including Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire, Chablis, and the southern Rhone, but rare in California. It is not found in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, the Central Valley, eastern Santa Barbara County, or Southern California. It is, in fact, only found in a narrow irregular band stretching through the Central Coast.

What happens in Paso Robles?

Paso Robles has three large festivals each year, the Zinfandel Festival in March, the Wine Festival in May, and the Harvest Festival in October. These are organized and publicized by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA).

Where can I learn more about Paso Robles?

We'd love to tell you more. You are encouraged to contact us, or learn more about visiting Tablas Creek. Our tasting room is open daily from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, and we hold special events every month. You can also read posts about Paso Robles on the Tablas Creek Blog.

Organizations to help plan your visit:

Groups offering wine tours of Paso Robles (both guided and self-guided):

Events

"A Taste of the Future" Dinner at Cal Poly 7/24

We are proud to be pouring wine at the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability's "Taste of the Future" dinner, celebrating the Central Coast's food and farming and featuring chefs Julie Simon of Foremost, Eric Olson of Allegretto, and Shaun Behrens of Luna Red. Details & Tickets »


Tablas Creek News

MA Shipping Permit Received!

We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members.  More shipping news »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

Veraison 2015 Suggests an Early September Start to Harvest

July 23, 2015
Although we've been distracted by the more unusual occurrence of last weekend's summer rainstorm, this week also has provided the annual milestone of veraison. Veraison marks the point where the grapes stop accumulating mass and start accumulating sugar (and, more noticeably, change color from green to red). It is one of the landmarks of the season, not least because it marks a point roughly six-weeks before the onset of harvest.  Read More »