San Luis Obispo Wine Country

In southern San Luis Obispo County, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country is an incomparable place. Here, the mountains, valleys, and Pacific Ocean converge and create a splendid climate for growing winegrapes. The coastal influence in the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys provides one of the longest grape growing seasons in the world. It also provides a boundless resource for outdoor recreation. Wine lovers can go from wine to waves in five minutes, where they explore classic California towns like Pismo Beach.

Featured Wineries

Baileyana, Tangent, & True Myth

Ever since pioneering vintner Jack Niven planted vineyards in Edna Valley more than 40 years ago, his family has been shaping it as a wine region.

Biddle Ranch Vineyard

Recently founded by a group of friends who share an appreciation for great wine, good food, and love for gathering with family and friends, Biddle Ranch Vineyard is off to a roaring start.

Claiborne & Churchill

A passion for the French province of Alsace and the desire to create delightfully different wines inspired Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill to found their boutique winery in 1983.

Edna Valley Vineyard

The Edna Valley’s modern day history began in 1973, when the winery’s founder, Jack Niven, planted Paragon Vineyard, dedicated to Chardonnay.

Kynsi Winery

Named to honor the natural predators that helped clear the way for its founding, Kynsi Winery was born in 1995.

Pacific Coast Wine Trail

The natural and rugged California coastline begs to be explored with deserted beaches, enchanting seaside towns, and seven distinct boutique wineries.

Saucelito Canyon Vineyard

Firmly planted in a rugged chaparral valley, the roots of Saucelito Canyon Vineyard are literally rich with history. 

Sextant Wines

Founded a decade ago by Craig and Nancy Stoller, Sextant Wines demonstrates the remarkable potential of San Luis Obispo County with a compelling portfolio of world-class wines.

Sinor-LaVallee Wines

Mike Sinor is bringing a lot of attention to SLO County with his high-scoring wines.

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

Veteran Winemaker Stephen R. Dooley is meticulous in his craft, exhibiting passionate attention to every detail of the winemaking process.

Talley Vineyards

A legacy of farming and the distinct flavors of Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley precede the current form of Talley Vineyards by more than 60 years.

Notable Wineries

Hearst Ranch Winery

The first wines from Hearst Ranch Winery were released in April 2010 to rave reviews. By August, the 2007 Lone Tree Cabernet Franc snagged a gold medal and Chairman’s Best of Class Distinction at the Long Beach Grand Cru.

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Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Inc.

Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards produces many award-winning wines, some of which are out of the ordinary, specialized products.

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Laetitia Winery

The first delight to greet visitors to Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is discovered along its winding drive as a beautiful panoramic view of Pismo Beach and Avila Bay unfolds.

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Tolosa draws its name from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, which established the first vineyard in Edna Valley and produced the most renowned wines of early California.

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Featured Accommodations

Apple Farm's Wine Country Inn

The homey ambiance of Apple Farm Inn makes it an ideal escape in beautiful San Luis Obispo Wine Country.

Pacifica Hotels: Fog Catcher Inn

Located in the quaint, seaside village of Cambria—home to 30 art galleries, a delightful coastal walkway, and many restaurants—FogCatcher Inn is a great place to completely relax.

Pacifica Hotels: Pelican Inn & Suites

 This upscale beachfront property offers rooms and suites with stunning views from private patios.

Pacifica Hotels: Cottage Inn by the Sea

Located on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, the cozy guest rooms at Cottage Inn by the Sea feature fireplaces and flat screen TVs. 

Pacifica Hotels: Sandcastle Inn

With a unique collection of charming inns along the California coast, Pacifica Hotels provide guests an array of lovely places to stay and add some fresh ocean air to their wine tasting experience. 

Avila Lighthouse Suites

Located in the jewel box village of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo wine country, Avila Lighthouse Suites provides guests an ideal home away from home as they explore this enchanting beach area.

The Cliffs Resort

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on scenic Highway 1, the popular Cliffs Resort is a full-service oceanfront property with breathtaking views and first-class amenities.

SeaVenture Beach Hotel

Talk about location: this casually elegant beachfront retreat sits at the southernmost point of 22-mile-long Pismo Beach, just three blocks from downtown.

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Resting atop hot mineral springs and spanning more than 100 acres, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is just moments away from the quaint village of Avila Beach and close to over 300 wineries. 

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

With a splendid oceanfront location and all the luxuries one dreams of, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is an ideal getaway for couples, families, and executive groups.

Madonna Inn

The beguiling Madonna Inn is a landmark destination, known for its timeless elegance and whimsical appeal. 

Old Edna Townsite

The Old Edna townsite is one of the most enchanting features of the Edna Valley wine region. 

Featured Businesses

We Olive San Luis Obispo

Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.

Featured Destinations

Pismo Beach, California

There’s a destination on California’s Central Coast with everything that a wine tourist looking for classic California could ask for. The destination is Pismo Beach.

California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Travel the world, and you won’t find any place quite like this. The dramatic windswept cliffs, pristine coves, white sandy beaches, quaint towns, and rolling vineyards of San Luis Obispo County will give you reason after reason to pull off the road to explore.

Avila Beach

At the end of a narrow canyon that leads to the ocean, you’ll find enchanting Avila Beach.

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a picture-perfect community with a beautiful, gentle bay and easy ocean access, so it’s perfect for all sorts of water sport—and you.

The City of San Luis Obispo

It’s no wonder people call the city of San Luis Obispo “SLO.” They find no reason to rush in this delightful coastal city.

Visit San Luis Obispo County

Did you know that the world is your oyster and San Luis Obispo (SLO) County is your playground?

Arroyo Grande

Nestled between sweeping vineyards and the Pacific coast, the historic village of Arroyo Grande is utterly charming.



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