Paso Robles vineyards are located in Central California offering the finest wines in the world. Everybody knows about the outstanding wines of Napa Valley in Northern California but forgotten is Paso Robles which offers equal quality wines and usually, for a lot less money. Justin Winery located in Paso Robles was recommended by a friend, so I decided to give it a try as a stop over from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
The Drive …. A Little Scary but Worth It
Justin Winery and Vineyards is located 20 miles from downtown Paso Robles but it’s not easy to get to. After leaving downtown Paso Robles and driving 17 miles on a narrow and winding 2 lane road at 15 MPH, I was ready to turn back and head to San Francisco. My GPS was working so I knew we were almost there despite the slow drive around twisting hilltop roads and finally ……..Voila-WE ARRIVED!
The Vineyard and Facilities …… Absolutely Gorgeous
We parked and looked around …. Justin Winery is a winery with its own vineyard plus a luxury Inn. This gorgeous winery nestled in the hills of Paso Robles reminded me of Tuscany, another one of my favorite places to visit in Italy. My suggestion for the drive is to just take your time and enjoy the beautiful countryside on the way.
The guest building that’s used for wine tasting was relaxing and the decor …. interesting ! We sat in comfortable chairs (see picture below), relaxed a few minutes and headed to the tasting room.
The Wine Tasting Experience …… Terrific but Wines Are Pricey
We walked around the beautiful outside first before going into the winery. The wine tasting experience was fabulous. The $10 tasting fee is waived with a $50 purchase. My friend Deb and I had a very nice hostess that poured and gave us details of each wine. The wines are pricy but the experience of being there was fantastic. In the end, I bought a bottle of their high-end Bordeaux blend for around $60 called Isosceles and named one of the top 10 wines in the world by Wine Spectator. Their more middle of the road wines go for about mid $20’s.
The Tour ….. Outstanding “A Must Do”
After the wine tasting we headed out for the wine tour that’s offer to all visitors twice a day for $15 including tasting. This is where we learned about the art of making of wine and how it’s stored in their caves which we had a chance to explore.
The inside of the cave was unbelievable. Among the hundreds of barrels of wine, there was a private cave that featured a large dining room table as well as a private stash of Justin’s best wines.
The numerous barrels of wines were overwhelming and our tour guide took us through the entire process of wine making that concluded in a presentation of their best wine … ISOSCELES.
The tour last about an hour and you taste wines straight from the barrels …. WOW ! I’ve been on wine tours in Napa Valley and Tuscany Italy and this tour by far was the best !
Next Time I Plan to Stay at the Justin Inn
Paso Robles wineries produce some of the best wine in the world and Justin Winery in my opinion is one of the best. So with that said, if you are visiting several Paso Robles wineries per day, Justin should either be your first stop early in the day with a designated driver or the last stop with a designated driver.
Another option is to stay at their beautiful luxury Justin Inn. It is a long drive out of those rolling hills on a narrow and winding 2 lane road that’s challenging enough in the day …Sober. Don’t even think of driving out of there at night even with a designated driver.
We enjoyed the experience so much, Deb and I vowed to visit again and checkout the luxury Inn for a comfortable stay-over. Stay tune for an update on the Justin Inn.