In: Travel & Leisure14 Sep 2013
Not far from the Hearst Castle off of Hwy 101 sits the wine town of Paso Robles. With over 200 wineries, here are some of my favorite picks.
Overlooking the pacific ocean, Adelaida sits on sloping terrains and chalk rock limestones. With this, Adelaida Cellars Inc. has very well managed its unique location and climate to producing the best of the best in California. With over 145 acres of farmlands, Adelaida has employed the use of ecological and organic method to farming and wine making. In 2010, it was given an awards for its dedication to promoting sustainable practices.
Hoffman Mountain Ranch is one of their more distinguished vineyards of Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles. With the use of the best locally grown grapes in cultivating their wine, in effect, the area has prospered significantly in terms of the wine industry. This winery can be traced all the way back to 1964 and has now sealed their expertise in Burgundian varieties. Even though their stocks are limited, their Pinot Noir is still one of the best sellers of Adelaida Cellars Inc.
Anna’s Estate Vineyard was inspired by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s grandmother. Originally an experiment, this vineyard has relied on clone and rootstock in its wine making process successfully. Their 2009 Syrah has been well-received by all, whether a wine expert or not. With its earthy and a hint of milk chocolate taste, no wonder people kept on ordering it all year round.
Among all the Adelaida wineries, Michael’s Estate Vineyard is the only one that works with dry farm land. With its numerous different slopes and hills, it provide great source of different flavors in which the estate easily take advantage to. Among their high-quality wine varietals, their Zinfadels is truly their main focus and has ever since been revered by their guests.
Fairly young compared to the vineyards nearby, Viking Estate Vineyard started their wine factory in 2007 on an edge of a ravine. Although its area proves for others to be quite difficult to grow grapes in, the vineyard chose to focus all their energy to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah. They have maintained the best-tasting varieties in their winery, most especially the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Bobcat Crossing Estate Vineyard is characterized by its unique type of soil. Their sandy loam soil is able to grow Portuguese crops such as Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Souzoa, and Muscat Blanc. Touriga Nacional is, like the others, a single-grape blend and has this amazing fruity and acidic flavor that has captivated everyone from wine lovers to tourists alike. With the amazing management of Don Van Steenwyk, it has become well-respected among other proprietors of wine.