CENTRAL COAST EXPLORATION: Finding a regional wine trail that features some top-notch vineyards, some friendly winemakers, and a merlot or two that you're mad over, is a pretty nice thing to come across. But to discover six new themed trails, all in a row, is a bit of a boon for those who love their grapes in glasses, and those who adore the wineries around the San Luis Obispo area. SLO Wine Country recently made the announcement that a sextet of wineries would now show up on area wine trail maps, and each would come with its own distinct and individual flavor and character.
THE EDNA VALLEY... gets the spotlight on the "Backroads" trail, which pinpoints the "rolling vineyards, distinctive 'morro' peaks and storybook terrain" of the area. The "Urban Wine Trail" is all about what's going on with the downtown tasting rooms of San Luis Obispo. And "Avila Valley" heads in the direction of the Pacific, to see what the wineries closer to the salty air are making, wine-wise. The other three new trails are called "Old Edna & Biddle Ranch," "Points North," and "Arroyo Grande Valley," and each is compelling in its local love and grapes-grown-here flair.
WANT TO TAKE A PEEK... at just what wineries are covered? Autry Cellars, Tolosa Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, and several more area favorites dot the landscape. Plus, there are other trails, too, beyond the recent arrivals, like Orcutt Road & Corbett Canyon, a trail that bears the subtitle "Discover the Back Roads." Think you're up for that this autumn, SLO aficionados? Here's your spot to get up to speed on the 30-plus wineries that call the Central Coast sweet spot home.