The wineries of Paso Robles have been in existence since 1797. Spanish missionaries and explorers brought grapes to Paso Robles. The first vineyards were planted by the missionary fathers, north of Paso Robles.
In 1882, the first modern vintner bought land there. He discovered the land and weather were better for vineyards than the apple orchards already planted there. He produced wine in abundance.
The weather has large differences between night and day temperatures than in any other place in California. There are many different kinds of soil and a lengthy growing season. There are more than forty different grape varieties cultivated in Paso Robles.
Paso Robles wines are rich in color because of the sun’s brilliance, acidic soil, and chilly nights. There are around 26,000 acres of grapevines. The area’s differences in soil, rainfall, and climate inhibits easy descriptions of the wines.
In 1886 and 1907 more vineyards were planted. These vineyards were successful also. Cuttings from old grapevines were used to start more vineyards and are still producing grapes today.
There were more wineries begun in the 1920s that survived Prohibition from 1920 to 1933 in the United States.
The Paso Robles wineries gained recognition with Ignace Paderewski, the famous Polish pianist. He planted his own vineyards in the area.
Paso Robles was recognized as a top wine making region along with the later success of the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the varieties of wines made in Paso Robles are Zinfandel, Red Rhone Blend, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. More info: wineries Paso Robles