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Wine Tasting
Organically grown Castoro Cellars keeps getting better with age
 A wonderful place to sip wine, listen to live music and relax among the ancient oaks
Operating since 1983 and mak- ing their organically farmed “Dam fine wine” for almost 40
years, power-couple Bimmer and Niels Udsen are among the found- ing Paso Robles winery owners who continue to thrive and operate a very successful, forward-thinking winery and distillery.
Castoro Cellars and the Udsen family embody the true Califor- nia lifestyle—laid back, warm
and welcoming. The winery is child and pet-friendly, everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy
the scenery and atmosphere. Castoro serves a special, delicious non-alcoholic grape juice, perfect for little ones. If you’re feeling hungry, try their delicious snacks from olives to nuts, chocolates, cheese, salami, crackers and spreads.
The 50,000 case winery has been SIP certified since 2007, with wines sold worldwide and in 35 states across the US. Their first tasting room
was located
on the corner
of Bethel Rd.
and Hwy
46, occu-
pied today
by Peachy
Winery. For
the past 20
years Castoro
Cellars has
been thriving
in the rolling
hillsides and
misty valleys
of Templeton
located between Cambria and Paso Robles. This idealistic loca- tion on Bethel Rd. has been built up over the years and features an amazing backdrop for live music from an outdoor stage. For the
past eight years, Castoro has hosted the highly popular two- day Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival, formerly known as Bea- verstock. The winery holds a very popular monthly yoga brunch series, followed by mimosas. Visi- tors can also enjoy a round of fun at the 18-hole disc golf course, woven throughout the vineyard.
It all began when owner
Niels returned from living in Italy and knew he had grown
a passion for all things wine. After returning to California and graduating from CalPoly with an Agricultural Business degree, his ventured into the wine industry at Estrella River Winery. Gaining hands-on winemaking skills and working hard building from the ground up, the couple started making bigger batches of wine and acquired a large facility in San Miguel. It was a lot of extra space-so they started the first custom crush facility in the area, later adding a mobile bottling company.
In the beginning the Udsens didn’t own
vines but today they are now proud to say Castoro Cellars wine
is 100% estate grown and the largest organic grower on the Central Coast. With around 1500 acres cer- tified organic, 400 acres of which are farmed bio- dynamic, the
couple grows over 20 varieties of reds and whites. Castoro Cellars has among the most white wines in Paso Robles from chardonnay, to sauvignon blanc, moscato, and falanghina. The vineyards have
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