The Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) was established in 1983 with 17 wineries and 5,000 vineyard acres. Now, it encompasses more than 200 wineries spanning more than 40,000 vineyard acres. In 2013, Paso Robles Wine Country was named Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Wine Region of the Year, and in 2016, Paso Robles was named the Best Wine Town in the West by Sunset Magazine.
Paso Robles is quickly gaining a reputation for its beautiful vineyards, quality wines and down-to-earth winemaking culture. Much of the area’s cohesive feel and growing recognition can be attributed to the efforts of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA). PRWCA is a non-profit trade association that works to strengthen brand awareness and attract wine enthusiasts to Paso Robles Wine Country.
On PRWCA’s website, pasowine.com, visitors can learn more about the various wineries and vineyards, plan an itinerary, find hotels and gather information about upcoming wine events.
One such event is Harvest Wine Weekend, coming up on October 14-16. This festive weekend celebrates one of the most challenging and rewarding seasons of the year for grape growers. Wineries will offer ceremonial grape stomps, winemaker dinners, barrel tastings, and other unique events, taking time out of the busyness of harvest to invite travelers into their world.
For more information on Harvest Wine Weekend, visit pasowine.com/events/harvest.php. To learn more about PRWCA, visit pasowine.com.