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  Experience the fusion of earth,
art, and wine.
    Visit our family owned tasting room and sculpture garden to try our hand crafted, award winning wines, and see monumental, one-of-a-kind works of art.
• Live music in our sculpture garden
• Every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 - 3:30 • With local food trucks on site
• no cover charge!
 5015 Linne Rd. Paso Robles CA | 805.226.8881
   he approached his parents, owners Bimmer and Niels Udsen about the idea, and in 2013 the course was born.
Passion seems to run in the family. Bim-
mer and Niels
Udsen started
Castoro Cellars
in 1983. They
started small
and have been
building it up
over the years.
They started by
buying grapes
then eventu-
ally owned
Then they cre-
ated all estate
wines, and later
transitioned to
all of their wine being made from organic grapes.
Bimmer and Niels are passion- ate about being certified organic.
It started when Bimmer realized she didn’t want the chemicals
that were traditionally used in the vineyards around her small kids. That began their foray into organic grapes. They’re now the largest organic grower in the Paso region with 1,400 acres of certified organic grapes by Certified California Or- ganic Farmers (CCOF) and 500 biodynamic acres.
Niels Udsen explained, “It’s been a long road to get there, but it’s been great. Lots of learning. We’re trying to encourage other people to do the same thing.”
One thing is clear when they’re passionate about something they rise to the top. Another passion is music and sharing it with the local
Wine Tasting
community. The Whale Rock Music and Art Festival was originally supposed to be a one night “bash” with bands for their 30th anniver- sary. Bimmer explained, “then it
got moved to the meadow, and then a stage was added.” One night became two days, and
a music festival was born. Now it’s an an-
nual festival that draws thousands of people each September.
It was originally called Beaverstock, a play on Niels’ nickname,
Beaver. Castoro means beaver in Italian. However, the people at Woodstock kindly asked them to change it. So, they settled on Whale Rock because of the whale bones that are scattered around the prop- erty. Their Whale Rock Museum has the whale bones on display.
As if disc golf, wine, whale bones, and music aren’t enough
of a draw, they also hold yoga classes. Daughter-in-law, Lauren is among the teachers. There really is something for everyone at Castoro Cellars!
Castoro Cellars is located at 1315 Bethel Rd. Templeton, CA 93465. The tasting room is open from 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. The disc golf course is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and is $5 per person to play. Check out other events at
— Karen Lycan
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