Exploring the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail

Ten wineries in the San Miguel area of Paso Robles wine country have formed their own “trail,” which we detailed in yesterday’s blog.

Today, let’s take a brief look at what you can expect to find at each estate. And at the bottom of today’s blog, we’ve included useful contact information to help you plan a trip.

  • First Crush: Go beyond the tasting room to learn about wine and how it’s made. You can explore the world of wine through exciting and informative “berry to bottle” wine workshops and crush encounters. (Located on the Silver Horse estate.)
  • Graveyard Vineyards: This estate is situated next to a 140-year-old country graveyard, atop a hill with 50-mile views of rolling hills of vineyards. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic by the on-site pond that’s stocked with fish.
  • J & J Cellars: This family-owned estate and has been farmed for more than a hundred years. Visitors can sample Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Barbera, among other varieties. Another great place for a picnic and soaking in the views.
  • Locatelli: Enjoy single-varietal and proprietary blends poured by the owners in an intimate tasting room. A special collector’s edition label, with proceeds benefiting historic Mission San Miguel, also is available.
  • Ranchita Canyon Vineyard: This boutique winery is family-owned and operated, with the goal of achieving rich, concentrated fruit for its estate wines. The hilly location provides great vistas, and helps the hand-tended vines produce high-quality fruit.
  • Riverstar Vineyards: Want to immerse yourself in the “wine country” experience? This family-owned and operated winery also offers a family vacation rental—a great home base for a Pleasant Valley Wine Trail excursion.
  • Silver Horse: Sitting atop a hill, this estate offers a tasting experience unique to the Central Coast. In addition to the tasting room, Silver Horse boasts three patios, bocce courts and horseshoe pits.
  • Tackitt Family Vineyards: If you enjoy “talking wine” with the person who made it, this is a must stop. This family-owned winery celebrated its first crush in 2007 and quickly has gained a reputation for quality.
  • Tassajara: Located in the barrel room of Silver Horse Winery, this family-owned winery specializes in Rhone varieties. The winemaking philosophy can be summed up in a single word: “balance.”
  • Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery: This property boasts a beautiful 168-acre vineyard that produces a broad range of grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.

Some of the wineries along the trail occasionally host special events, and an up-to-date calendar can be found here.


First Crush
2995 Pleasant Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Graveyard Vineyards
6990 Estrella Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

J & J Cellars
2850 Ranchita Canyon Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

8585 Cross Canyons Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Ranchita Canyon Vineyard
3439 Ranchita Canyon Road
San Miguel CA 93451

Riverstar Vineyards
7450 Estrella Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Silver Horse
2995 Pleasant Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Tackitt Family Vineyards
6640 Von Dollen Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

2995 Pleasant Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery
6385 Cross Canyon Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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