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Go Coastal: San Luis Obispo Wineries

Following are unique attributes that distinguish and differentiate the wines of
SLO Wine Country as well as the local winegrowing experience:

The wineries of SLO Wine Country boast an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and the prevailing marine conditions—including both climate and soil—are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California and beyond.

SLO Wine Country is renowned for producing some of California's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and local pioneering wineries were among the first in California to recognize that Burgundian varietals excel in the state’s coolest winegrowing environments.

Aromatic whites such as Albariño, Riesling and Pinot Gris as well as Rhône varietals also thrive in SLO Wine Country’s cool environs. Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals excel in the warmer inland mountainous boundaries.

Pinot Noirs from SLO Wine Country are distinctively dense and concentrated, leaning more toward the black fruit spectrum and exhibiting ample spice elements. These are serious Pinot Noirs that exhibit concentration, complexity and aging potential.

Chardonnays from SLO Wine Country typically exhibit an intense tropical fruit character balanced by fresh natural acidity. This acidity and malic acid in particular, is nurtured by the cool growing conditions and brings a crisp apple element to the wines.

While diversity abounds in SLO Wine Country, the region’s wines are also united by three core qualities that reflect the region’s distinctive growing conditions. These qualities are: (1) balance fostered by reliable marine cooling; (2) complexity enhanced by the diversity of the coastal soils; and (3) consistency nurtured by a narrow bandwidth of temperature fluctuations.

The majority of SLO Wine Country’s vineyards are Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, reflecting a shared community respect for the environment.

Winemaking has deep roots in SLO Wine Country. Wine was first made locally by Franciscan missionaries in the 1770s, and commercial winemaking in the region dates back to the 1880s.

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To download a printable map of SLO wineries, click here.

Claiborne and Churchill Vintners

Claiborne & Churchill

A small, family-owned winery run by Clay and Fredericka Thompson. The tasting room has an incredibly friendly atmosphere and they’ll go out of their way to make sure you learn all you care to about their wines. Don’t leave without trying their sweet Muscat dessert wine paired with strawberries and chocolate.

Baileyana Winery

Baileyana Winery

Even the kids will enjoy this one. Baileyana is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Edna Valley. The restored schoolhouse that serves as their tasting room is surrounded by vineyards, a nice spot for picnics and bocce ball courts for visitors.

Watch the video to see SLO’s warm, beautiful wine country and unique shopping venues to stop at on your next vacation.



Enjoy sweeping views of the Rincon Vineyard and the fields of Talley Farms from the tasting room. The vineyard is just minutes away from Lopez Lake, a great place for an evening picnic. An ideal setting for tasting great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Chamisal Vineyards

Chamisal Vineyards

Situated just outside town in the lush Edna Valley, Chamisal's tasting room is a newly restored barn-like building. From the outside patio, visitors can look across all of Edna Valley while enjoying some of their amazing 2006 Grenache, the Estate Syrah or their 2007 Califa Pinot Noir.

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