Discover the Best Zinfandel Wines on the Central Coast

Discover the Best Zinfandel Wines on the Central Coast

Paso Robles is a massive viticultural area that is cut in half by the Salinas River. The body of water separates the cooler, coastal, hilly terrain of the west and the warmer, more fertile soil to the east. That biodiversity creates an equally diverse selection of wines. But there are 5 distinct wines that are synonymous with Paso Robles wine countryCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. And you’ll find the best Zinfandel wines in Paso Robles.

Zinfandel grapes were the first to be planted in Paso Robles around the turn of the century by Italian immigrants. Grapes grown in Paso’s unique terroir mere miles from the coast make for some complex-tasting Zinfandels unlike others you’ve tasted. So, if you’re on the hunt for the best Zinfandel wines in Paso Robles, keep reading.

These 5 Paso Robles wineries are especially well-known for their Zinfandel varieties:

Adelaida Cellars

5805 Adelaida Rd

Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 239-8980

Reservations: Not required for tasting room

Adelaida Cellars dry farms their Zinfandel, creating bright, fruity, acidic wines that pair perfectly with barbecue: spare ribs, brisket — anything smoky and slow-cooked. Their newly opened tasting room is big, beautiful and brightly lit. Or, make a reservation for a special sensory tasting with local food pairings.

Harvest time is a great time to visit Adelaida Cellars. You can watch winemakers at work in the cellar.

Peachy Canyon Winery

1480 N Bethel Rd

Templeton, CA 93465

(805) 239-1918

Reservations: Not required

Since opening its doors in 1988, Peachy Canyon Winery has become a staple in the Paso wine scene. Zinfandel is Peachy Canyon’s flagship varietal, and they make a lot of them, from the more subtle and refined to the fruit forward. Sample them in Peachy Canyon’s tasting room: the historic Old Bethel School House, constructed in 1886. Or, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on their gorgeous grounds.

HammerSky Vineyards & Inn

7725 Vineyard Dr

Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 239-0930

Reservations: Not required

Although HammerSky Vineyards is best known for their Bordeaux blends, they’ve also got a pretty on point Zinfandel. It’s bright and acidic, but finishes velvety smooth, combining fruitiness with a warm, peppery flavor. The open and airy tasting room and patio butts up against a sprawling lawn with plenty of room to roam or enjoy a picnic lunch.

Turley Wine Cellars

2900 Vineyard Drive

Templeton, CA 93465

(805) 434-1030

Reservations: Required

Of the 34 wines Turley Wine Cellars makes, the majority are single vineyard Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs grown in Paso Robles and Napa Valley. Their best Zinfandel wines are nearly impossible to find anywhere else in the world. Don’t leave without trying the Tecolote, available only in their Paso Robles tasting room. It’s not a Zin, but it’s a delicious blend of Grenache and Carignane. Planted in the 1920’s in calcareous soil, it’s fragrant and fruity, with just a hint of spice and a subtle chocolatey finish. Turley Wine Cellars also offers charcuterie and cheese plates you can enjoy on their veranda.

Midnight Cellars

2925 Anderson Road

Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 239-8904

Reservations: Not required

Midnight Cellars beginnings were slightly dubious, but now, more than 20 years later, it’s grown into one of the best wineries in Paso Robles. The family-owned and operated winery sits on a 28 acre estate in the Templeton Gap and enjoys warm, sunny days, and chilly, maritime breezes. And we mean chilly: temperatures swing 40 to 50 degrees from daytime to nighttime, making for some pretty bold Zinfandel.

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