Go on a sustainable wine tour in Paso Robles
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Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles is a charming spanish-named town in a lovely wine region. With rolling hills and amazing vineyards, it has grown into a region with more than 250 wineries. Together they use more than 25 grape varieties and this makes it California's largest and most diverse wine region. In Paso Robles you can experience very nice wine tasting excursions and vineyards visits. We made a guide on what to do and where to stay if you want to visit this region in a sustainable way.
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Like most destinations in the US you will need a car to discover Paso Robles and the region. Since this article is about a sustainable tour, we recommend to hire an electric car. Most car rentals offer an electric option these days and it's not only cleaner. It is also much quieter so in this way you get to enjoy the landscape even more.
Paso Robles is making a big difference when it comes to sustainability with some help from the area's local certification program, Sustainability in Practice (SIP). SIP's approach is holistic with consideration to water usage, how the farm labor is treated, and even energy consumption. No more heavy machinery in the field that bulldoze the earth but an airy oxygen-rich soil. No chemical pesticides and no fertilizer but back to the most natural form of viticulture with respect for nature.
Here a list of our 3 favorite sustainable wineries
Halter Ranch Vineyard
Just ten miles from Paso Robles' famed Highway 46 wine route you find the Halter Ranch Vineyard. It is a renovated ranch house from the 1800s and Ronald Reagan announced his second-term run for governorship at the ranch in 1967 near the property's 3,400-foot airstrip.
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You will enjoy checking out the incredible wine it makes through sustainable practices.
Peachy Canyon Winery
Peachy Canyon Winery is a sustainable, family-owned winery located on the westside of Paso Robles' popular Highway 46.
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The winery is named after a horse thief who took refuge in a cave near the vineyard. We love the owners and you can feel their passion for wine and sustainability.
Robert Hall Winery
Located in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, just east off of Highway 46, is the Robert Hall winery. Started in 1995, the winery produces some of California's most popular wines.
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They received many honors in a very short time. The winery has also helped define sustainability as a Central Coast winery.
A sustainable place stay
If you are looking for an unique place to stay you might want to check out the Geneseo inn. They make use of recycled shipping containers set in clusters around an existing huge live oak tree.
The design was inspired by the vineyard itself and the structures became truly integrated with the environment. Both container units and the vineyard itself have been recycled. On booking.com they get a average review of 9.7
Best time to visit
Paso Robles has a Mediterranean climate which means warm and dry
summers with mild winters. It's the perfect town to visit in
autumn or early spring. Most rain is seen from November until March, but
with more than 150 hours of sunshine you could still consider visiting Paso Robles during those months. Click here for more climate details for Pablo Robles.