We had planned on visiting at least one vineyard on the way up to San Francisco. Paso Robles may not be as well known as Napa or Sonoma, but it’s a huge wine producer, with over 200 vineyards each making their own wines. They range from very small producers to hundreds of thousands of cases!
Although we planned to stop (loads of people told us we should!), we had no idea where we were going to stop. After a quick search of local vineyards one caught our eye and we headed straight there. Driving up the winding drive in the afternoon was something a bit special. This vineyard, Eberle is right on top of a hill, underneath which are are network of temperature controlled caves housing barrels and barrels of wine.
We reached the car park and came out to rolling vineyards beyond a big deck full of people enjoying the wine! Then we walked up to the entrance to find the owner, Gary, sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine himself. He was kind enough to let us sit down and have a chat (and a glass or two of wine ourselves).
This guy was a fountain of knowledge. He had been in the wine business for years and clearly had a huge passion for what he did. When he mentioned that he was due to receive a lifetime achievement award for his work with wine we knew we had come to the right place!
Out of all the knowledge he had, one thing stood out: California is great for wine. The Californian climate lends itself perfectly to growing grapes. We’re no experts, but if you want great wine, then we can tell you that Paso Robles is right up there
It wasn’t a bad way to end a day of great food and suggestions from you guys! So now we’re going to ask you for one more suggestion… What other road trips are a MUST in the U.S.A?