Off of Hwy 101 and not far from the Hears Castles sits a small winery town called Paso Robles. Paso Robles boasts over 200 wineries and these are some of my favorite wineries.
In the west of Paso Robles, Adelaida Cellars Inc, is spread across 145 acres of land which feature 5 unique estates that arguably produces the best wine varietals in California. Surrounded by the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, high topographies and chalk rock limestones, Adelaida has developed really well thanks to the climate. It is devoted to using more sustainable energy and methods and in 2010, Adelaida was recognized for its tremendous efforts in its environment-friendly practices.
Leading the pack is the Hoffman Mountain Ranch. Among the wineries in Paso Robles, this one has specialized in Burgundian varieties. Starting their operations in 1964, it uses its own locally grown wine grapes in producing the best Pinot Noir in the area. Even though their supply is not that much compared to the others, each sip is packed full of smooth and vibrant flavors.
Anna’s Estate Vineyard was inspired by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s grandmother. Originally an experiment, this vineyard has relied on clone and rootstock in its wine making process successfully. Their 2009 Syrah has been well-received by all, whether a wine expert or not. With its earthy and a hint of milk chocolate taste, no wonder people kept on ordering it all year round.
The only one that does dry farming in Adelaida Cellars Inc. is Michael’s Estate Vineyards. It takes advantage of its inimitable extracts and incorporates it into making their wines. Surrounded by sloping terrains, it is able to grow wine grapes and turn it into fine-tasting wine. They are specially known for their Zinfadels and has continuously been a favorite among wine lovers.
Viking Estate Vineyard has a collection of high-quality wine blends produced right at their backyard. It is relatively young as it just started its winemaking operations in 2007. Situated on the edges of a ravine, it may pose difficulties to them in terms of growing their grapes. However, Viking Estate Wineyard has managed to be on the top in producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah.
Specializing in single-grape wine varietals, Bobcat Crossing Estate Vineyard is worth a visit. They are distinguished for their refined and smooth wines, most especially Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Souzoa, and Muscat Blanc. It is amazing how their use of sandy loam soil has caused abundant growth of Portuguese crops. This method has injected a fruity and acidic flavor to their wines, most especially Touriga Nacional, that pegged them as one of the most unique wineries in the area. Propelled by Don Van Steenwyk, Bobcat Crossing Estate Vineyard is now highly regarded in the wine industry.