Paso Robles Wine Country has been one of the top places to taste wine in California for a long time. In fact in 2013, Paso Robles was named Wine Region of the year by Wine Enthusiast magazine and ever since, a steady stream of wine lovers have been coming to the area to go on wine tasting tours and buy wines from the Paso Robles AVA.
Interestingly, while many people think that Paso Robles is a new wine region, our roots go back to the late 1900s when the first of three wineries began planting grapes. Then in the 1970s, the “Godfather” of Paso Robles winemaking, Gary Eberle, arrived on the scene and opened then the now iconic, Eberle Winery.
Read on to learn more about the timeline of wine making in Paso Robles:
1882: Andrew York of York Mountain started Ascension Winery between Paso Robles and Cambria. Wine was bottled and transported by horse drawn carriages to the port and then shipped north to San Francisco.
1908: Established early in the 20th Century, Rotta winery is considered a pioneer of what we think of in terms of modern viticulture in the Paso Robles AVA.
1924: J. Dusi begins its legacy of Italian-style winemaking.
1973: Gary Eberle arrives on the scene, first working with his family to establish Estrella River Winery and then embarking on his own vision by opening the doors to Eberle Winery.
The Paso Robles AVA is rich with a history of winemaking. The topography and soil of the region makes it an optimal place to grow and bottle some of the best wines available. To tour the historical landmarks—and see some new arrivals on the wine scene, join us on one of our Wine Wrangler Adventure Tours for a day of tasting and exploring the Paso Robles Wine Region.