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San Luis Obispo & South County Wine Tasting
Visit the Edna Valley, making wine since the 1800s
 Wine-tasting adventures just minutes from Downtown SLO
Driving the back roads of San Luis Obispo County’s pictur- esque Edna Valley is spectacular any time of the year with its rolling hills and vineyards, panoramic views, and historic schoolhouses and rustic barns. A drive through the valley, stretching from San Luis Obispo to Arroyo Grande, is the opportunity to visit some of the top wineries in the area and experience
the world-class wine produced in the Edna Valley AVA.
The charming coastal Edna Valley has a winemaking history dating back to the 1800's is one of the oldest grape-growing regions
in San Luis Obispo County. In its ancient past, the valley was the ocean floor and today benefits from the rich oceanic and volcanic soils. The gentle sunshine and moderate Pacific Ocean maritime climate combine with the fertile soil to create one of California’s longest grape-growing seasons. All of these conditions come together to pro- duce incredible world-class wines
Bring a camera and plan on
a day of adventure sipping great wine, sampling some apple brandy, having lunch and playing some bocce ball.
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.
Veteran Winemaker Rob Takigawa 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 Baileyana visitors. These wines are rich in story, and those stories are well-told by the engaging tast- ing 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.
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, the unpretentious 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 the gold medal best-in-class grappa and
             Award Winning Wines Spacious Outdoor Seating Cheese & Charcuterie Plates
Open Daily 12pm - 5pm · 805-544-4066 2649 Carpenter Canyon Road · San Luis Obispo
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