Paso Robles AVA

You know people think highly of your AVA when you’re called things like: “The Next Napa” or “It’s like visiting the Rhone, 50 years ago, before the tourists and the prices.”

All that and more has been said of Paso Robles, which at times has seemed like an unlikely region to grow into the next big thing in California wine. Paso is located two and a half hours south of San Francisco and about three hours north of Los Angeles, meaning it is in the middle of nowhere by California standards.

Even more so, the California Central Coast AVA has been known for quality wine for some time now, but the wines produced have always been focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from mountain fruit.

Paso doesn’t grow that type of fruit. In fact, Paso Robles has made their name by producing some of the best Rhone varietals anywhere in the world. In fact, on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2010, a Paso Robles winemaker and vineyard were awarded the coveted wine of the year award for their GSM blend.