SLO Winemakers Going Coastal

There’ s an incomparable place along California’s Central Coast known as San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country , where mountains, valleys, and ocean converge. Here, the coastal influence provides one of the longest grape-growing seasons in the world. It also provides a boundless resource for outdoor coastal recreation.

Published: 1/13/2015

There’ s an incomparable place along California’s Central Coast known as San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country , where mountains, valleys, and ocean converge. Here, the coastal influence provides one of the longest grape-growing seasons in the world. It also provides a boundless resource for outdoor coastal recreation. No wonder the winemakers feel so lucky.

TALLEY VINEYARDS
Winemaker Brian Talley
I enjoy cycling: both road and mountain biking. I also like running and golf. Our area is perfect for these activities year round because of our beautiful temperate climate. I’ve played some of my most enjoyable rounds of golf in December. The other thing I really enjoy is cooking. The Central Coast has fresh produce and seafood available year round, so it’s fun and healthy to challenge myself to cook with all local ingredients and pair them with my wines.

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD
Winemaker Joe Ibrahim
I live in Avila Beach, which is one of my favorite places to paddleboard. The San Luis Bay has an abundance of sea life and diversity of birds. Because it’s a protected, south-facing beach, the water is typically calm. At times, I’ll stop and take in the amazing coastal views. I’m often visited by a harbor seal popping its head up right next to me or a pod of dolphins swimming by. I just love it. It’s inspiring and humbling at the same time.

NINER WINE ESTATES
Winemaker Patrick Muran
I was raised here on the Central Coast and have always spent a lot of time on the water. I continue to surf, paddleboard, free dive, spearfish, and fish. I live with my wife and five-year-old daughter in Pismo Beach and I force myself to drive by the beach on my way to the winery, but always stop when I can.

TOLOSA WINERY
Winemaker Larry Brooks
I’m an avid cyclist, and have been since the 1970s. For the past year or so, I haven’t even owned a car. I commute to work each day by bicycle, and ride for sport as well. I’m particularly fond of riding the gravel back roads. During the summer, I can escape the heat by riding out to and along the coast. The only thing you can’t escape in this region is the wind, which bothered me when I first moved down here from Napa, but now I simply accept as part of the challenge. There’s also lots of very strong competitive riders in the area with tons of club rides and informal races available. It’s a great cycling scene.

CHAMISAL VINEYARDS
Winemaker Fintan du Fresne
I like to indulge in many outdoor activities on the Central Coast. My favorite pastime is mountain biking, but I do partake in road cycling as well. I like to mountain bike at Montaña de Oro State Park, out on the coast near Morro Bay. It has an incredible single track and great coastal views. I have two young kids (ages 2 and 4), so often I also hike out there with them. I also hop in a sea kayak from time to time. The best, but most challenging location for sea kayaking is Dinosaur Caves Park at Shell Beach. Avila and the Morro Estuary are good for more relaxed kayaking.

LAETITIA VINEYARDS AND WINERY
Winemaker Eric Hickey
I have been surfing this area for over 25 years. What is great about the Central Coast is the diversity of waves that are offered and the consistency. Most of the time I surf Pismo or Oceano, but in late October or early November when the winter swells start coming in, they will turn on the reefs in Shell Beach as well as spots in the north county.

FILIPPONI RANCH
Winemaker Peter Cron
As an avid hiker and a winemaker, the Central Coast and, in particular, San Luis Obispo County, is my idea of paradise. From the winery, I can hike a few short miles to a connector trail that passes through Filipponi Ranch where I’m treated with vistas that overlook the Pacific Ocean on one side and the vineyards of the Edna Valley on the other. Hiking in SLO Wine Country is an amazing experience and the wines speak for themselves. I feel fortunate to regularly experience both.


As seen in the issue Spring 2015 of Touring & Tasting Magazine.