Discover the Wine Region of Paso Robles
Last Updated on August 16, 2019.
As Paso Robles becomes recognized as one of the world’s premiere producers of Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals, the area has seen significant growth in red Bordeaux plantings. Today, more than 57 percent of Paso Robles vineyard acreage are made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties. The resulting wines are approachable, complex and age-worthy, and continue to win over critics and wine enthusiasts alike with their terroir-driven nuances.
Situated inland on the Central Coast, but close enough to the Pacific Ocean to enjoy maritime influences, Paso Robles is a superb region for growing grapes. Here, mountainous slopes, diverse soil types and large diurnal shifts in day to night temperatures result in idyllic growing conditions for grapes.
“Paso Robles is a rare phenomenon,” shares Daniel Daou, Co-owner and Winemaker of DAOU Vineyards & Wines, “it has the soils of Bordeaux and the climate of Napa, and when you put this combination together, it’s something that is rare and special. It allows us as winemakers to take a very minimalist approach to making wine.”
Adds Doug Filipponi, Co-owner of Ancient Peaks Winery, “The climate here in Paso is quite unique. We get heat during the day, but at night we have these intense diurnal shifts in temperature, putting more minerality into the berries and creating unique flavor profiles.”