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Wine, grappa, and apple brandy at Autry Cellars
Nestled in the heart of Edna Valley, overlooking rows of vineyards and a 40-mile stretch of the Santa Lucia mountain range is Autry Cellars. Owner and artisan winemaker Steve Autry and his tasting room staff pour wine varietals, brandy, and grappa borne from some of the best grapes se- lected from across the region, along with his signature apple brandy.
Autry Cellars’ informal, unpre- tentious tasting room is, “decorated in early American warehouse” style, jokes Autry. However, don’t be deceived by the modest décor. In this tasting room visitors can experience superb wine varietals ranging from best selling petite sirah to malbec and viognier. In addition, you can taste gold medal best-in-class grappa and silver medal winning American oak and Hungarian oak brandies, awarded by the California Mid-State Fair.
With over 18 years of winemak- ing experience, Autry became a commercial winemaker 10 years ago and a fully licensed brandy distiller in 2012. A visit to Autry Cellars is about discovery. He says people who visit his tasting room, “come for the wine and discover the brandy.” At Autry Cellars, visitors gain access to impressive wines
and brandies that are available exclusively in the tasting room. Every wine is unique, and each is produced only in small quantities.
Visit Autry Cellars tasting room at 5450-B Edna Road in San Luis Obispo; open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily,, (805) 546-8669.
Baileyana Tasting Room offers a beautiful array of wines in a historic schoolhouse
Traveling down Orcutt Road from downtown San Luis Obispo, the Baileyana Tasting Room is the first you will encounter as you enter the Edna Valley. Housed in the historic Independence Schoolhouse built in 1909, the Tasting Room is the home of Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth and Zocker brands.
Charming both inside and out, this Tasting Room offers wine tasting experiences designed to accommodate all visitors. With around 35 different white, red and
Rosé wines to choose from, there are wines for every palette, whether the guest is a first-time wine taster or a wine expert. For those will-
ing to adventure and discover, an amazing experience awaits! With extensive picnic grounds and views, the tasting room is family-friendly and provides a memorable and fun experience for every guest.
Our Veteran Winemaker Rob Takigawa has been with us for twenty years, and is focused on bringing elegant Chardonnays, aromatic whites and Pinot Noir wines from the cool Edna Valley and powerful reds from the warmer Paso Robles to our visitors. These wines are rich in story, and those stories are brought to our visitor’s ears through the engaging Tasting Room team.
The Baileyana Tasting Room is located at 5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo. It is open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Reservations are required. Please book on Tock or call (805) 269-8200.
Check out Claiborne and Churchill Winery
Claiborne & Churchill Winery, still run by original owners Clai- borne Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson, has been pro- ducing Alsatian-style “alternative
whites” in San Luis Obispo since 1983. In 1995, Clay and Fredericka built their pioneering, eco-friendly
strawbale-constructed winery and opened their tasting room in the Edna Valley, and over the years they have expanded their picturesque garden area to accommodate more guests and larger parties for tastings and seasonal events.
The winery’s upscale welcom- ing tasting room is located, to
the delight of visitors, right in the barrel room, allowing the popular producer to accommodate more visitors comfortably. For guests who are interested in holding their own private parties at the winery, they take reservations for small, special events such as birthday, anniversary, and graduation parties.
Their guest cottage is perfect for couples hitting the road for a week- end, for parents visiting students at Cal Poly, or for anyone just looking for a relaxing “getaway.” The unit
is available for vacation rental through the VRBO/Homeaway website, or by emailing elizabeth@
Centrally located in SLO Wine Country, Claiborne & Churchill’s vacation property is only a ten- minute drive from Pismo Beach,
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