How fortunate we are to live in this beautiful community, especially we wine lovers! Did you know that you can enjoy some fine wineries and tasting rooms without driving all the way to Paso Robles? Just follow the Pacific Coast Wine Trail.
From San Simeon to Morro Bay, nine wineries have come together to promote the beauty of the Central Coast and diversity of its wines. Each boutique winery features wines produced in small lots from local vineyards.
“It’s been fun working together to create a unique experience for North County visitors,” said Maria Stolo Bennetti, general manager at Stolo Family Winery.
“These award-winning wines, coupled with our picturesque trail, are going to put us all on the map,” added Todd Clift, owner and winemaker at Moonstone Cellars.
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Beginning in San Simeon, you can drop by Hearst Ranch Winery, directly across from the gates of Hearst Castle. Hearst Ranch shares a space with Sebastian’s Deli, along with some breathtaking ocean views.
Entering Cambria from the north, three tasting rooms can be found on Main Street: Black Hand Cellars, with its mysterious Mafia ties (ask Tom about that!); Moonstone Cellars, where there’s a party every day; and Twin Coyotes, owned by twin brothers who’ve put their own unique twist on their wines.
Venturing up Santa Rosa Creek Road, you’ll reach Stolo Family Vineyards. The beautiful tasting room is located on a thriving vineyard where you can relax and enjoy their handcrafted, estate-grown wines.
Just south of Cambria is Harmony Cellars, in the tiny town of Harmony, population 18. Harmony, the largest and oldest of the coastal wineries, offers guests a variety of wines, a gourmet gift shop and hilltop patio perfect for picnicking.
Keep heading south, and you’ll find Cayucos Cellars, a fun, family-owned winery in Cayucos. You can drink a flight of whites, big reds and blends beachfront.
The trail continues into Morro Bay, home to two of the newest wineries on the trail, Chateau Margene and Cuatro Dias.
Chateau Margene is a well-established winery that has recently moved its tasting room from Vineyard Drive in Templeton to the Morro Bay Embarcadero.
Cuatro Dias opened a tasting room inside the old Miner’s Hardware building on Highway 41. Owner Greg Allen named his winery for the “four days” he has off from his job as an Los Angeles firefighter.
If you would like to meet the winemakers all at once, plan to attend a “Pacific Coast Wine Trail dinner with the winemakers,” Saturday, Jan. 24, at Indigo Moon Restaurant. This event is in conjunction with the Cambria Art & Wine Festival. Chef Jay Somers will prepare a delectable multi-course dinner, paired with wines from all nine locations.
Tickets are $100 per person and available at Moonstone Cellars or on www.PacificCoastWine Trail.com
The weekend of Feb. 21 and 22, the Pacific Coast Wine Trail will host its first-ever Passport Weekend to benefit the Marine Mammal Center of San Luis Obispo. Grab a passport at any of the nine wineries and follow the trail. Each winery will be offering special food and wine pairing, discounts and fun. Those who collect a stamp from all nine wineries by March 15 will be eligible to win a Wine Weekend Lifestyle Package including accommodations, dining and more wine.
There’s so much to see and do along the coast. No need to stray far from home to enjoy Central Coast wines.
See you on the trail.