Edna Valley Wine Region
With 2,000 acres of vines and 27 wine tasting rooms among golden rolling hills, the Edna Valley makes for a delicious getaway. Family-owned and off-the-beaten-path, these boutique wineries each offer something different, but Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign over most tasting menus. And with a variety of vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts nearby, you can stay right in the middle of wine country. Which winery is your favorite? You’ll have to visit them all to find out.
Climate and topography
Just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley enjoys constant breezes that keep fruit cool and refreshed, even as the sun shines. These coastal conditions provide for the longest growing season in the state of California ― ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sloping hillsides offer excellent drainage for vines, and volcanic and sedimentary soils equate to depth, minerality and color in the glass. The Arroyo Grande Valley, adjacent to Edna Valley, boasts similar conditions, with ocean views at one end and Lopez Lake at the other.
Edna Town Site
This landmark townsite circa 1880 sits at the center of the Edna Valley wine region. A quirky historic village, Old Edna also acts as a hub of information about the region. The historic Edna Hall houses one of Sextant Winery’s tasting rooms, as well as a gourmet delicatessen. For a one-of-a-kind experience, visitors can also schedule a private seated tasting of Sextant Wines in the Old Edna Blacksmith Shop. (Look for one of the Sextant Winery sources, MacGregor Vineyard, just behind the townsite.) Two vacation rentals, Desolina Cottage and Suite Edna, sit 100 feet away from each other. Explore, grab a bite to eat, do a little wine tasting, and unwind after a long day of wine country fun.
Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Wineries
All wine from this corner of the world bears the signature of the ocean, a mere 5 miles away. Seabed soils, fog, sun and ocean breezes make for picture-perfect growing conditions in Edna Valley and the Arroyo Grande Valley. The SLO Coast Wine Collective includes local producers who make coastal-crafted wines, and share specifics on terroir, wineries, grape varieties and wine trails.
This hilltop winery lies just 3 miles from the ocean, with views of the Pacific and the San Luis Obispo Bay. While Laetitia is known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, its local claim to fame is a robust selection of sparkling wines, produced by the historic méthode champenoise. Visitors can experience a daily tasting, single-vineyard Pinot Noir tasting, or private tasting and lunch at the Laetitia Estate House.
Biddle Ranch Winery
Elegant wines made from local vineyards comprise the selection at this modern farmhouse winery. Play cornhole or bocce, nab a picnic table and a cheese plate, and enjoy the spirit of San Luis Obispo wine country. Want to stay overnight? Biddle Ranch also offers a vacation rental in the Chardonnay vineyard.
Located in the Arroyo Grande village, this tasting room pours a selection of wines from the Santa Maria Valley, just 16 miles south. Made by a former sommelier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dominate the lineup, with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling making appearances as well.
Travel out into the picturesque Arroyo Grande Valley for this estate winery, known worldwide for excellent Chardonnay. Taste a rotating selection of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, blends and other varieties in the tasting room. Tours and private tasting in the historic El Rincon Adobe are also available.
Center of Effort
Occupying the historic Corbett Canyon Winery building, Center of Effort is an estate producer focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The facility has been considerably updated with contemporary architecture and exclusive tasting options. Tasting is seated and by appointment only, with the option to add an estate tour and charcuterie board with your tasting.
This family-owned Edna Valley winery focuses on Pinot Noir, as well as some white varieties, Syrah and Rhône-variety blends. Enjoy an open-air tasting bar, as well as a lawn and adirondack chairs for a casual vibe..
A landmark Pinot Noir and Chardonnay house, Chamisal makes sustainably-produced wines from vineyards spanning Monterey to Santa Barbara. The high-ceiling craftsman-style tasting room and spacious patio make for a comfortable tasting experience. Try a signature wine flight, an estate patio tasting, or a private tasting and tour of the property.
Claiborne & Churchill
Set in one of San Luis Obispo County’s first straw bale buildings, Claiborne & Churchill helped put Edna Valley on the wine map, decades ago. This winery focuses on Alsatian-style white wines, including dry Riesling, aromatic Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris. Tasting options include house and reserve flights, as well as a tasting with a vineyard and winery tour. Or challenge your palate with a “blind flight,” where labels are hidden and you guess the variety. For those looking to extend their stay here, look into renting the original farmhouse cottage for a cozy getaway.
Sourcing from a variety of locations across the Central Coast, Sextant wines excels with red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel from vineyards in Paso Robles. Enjoy a house tasting in Edna Hall at the Edna Townsite, or sit in the Blacksmith Shop for a private experience.
This hillside winery specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with some Riesling, Syrah and Petite Sirah as well. Enjoy a flight in the tasting room or overlooking the vines on the Wolff Vineyards patio.
Edna Valley Vineyard
A pioneer of San Luis Obispo wine, Edna Valley Vineyard remains a must-stop for any wine lover. This legacy winery boasts spectacular views of Edna Valley’s hillsides and vineyards, right at the tasting bar. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay comprise Edna Valley Vineyard’s most notable wines, and are available to taste daily. The tasting room offers a heritage tasting with cheese pairings, a “light bites” pairing on the patio, or a private small group tasting in the Cask Room. (Call ahead to reserve.)
A small production winery, Autry Cellars provides a comfortable experience in a boutique tasting room. While the winery offers white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay, red wines are the focus here. Varieties include Pinot Noir, Malbec, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and more, from Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Paso Robles. Tasting tip: don’t miss Autry’s specialty brandies and grappa, in addition to the wine!
For lovers of a good story as well as good wine, Saucelito Canyon is a must-visit. Planted with Zinfandel in 1880, the Saucelito Canyon Vineyard was eventually abandoned during Prohibition. The property was revived in 1974 by the Greenough family and today produces some of the finest old-vine, dry-farmed Zinfandel in the nation. The tasting room is open daily to visitors, excluding major holidays.
Named after San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa, this property offers interactive tastings with wines sourced from Edna Valley and beyond. Tolosa offers several tasting options, including a barrel tour, a private seated tasting, a vineyard excursion, and a signature flight tasting. Tasting tip: Tolosa also offers a tasting specific to Perinet, a sister winery located in Spain’s Priorat region.
Niven Family Wine Estates
The Niven family pioneered Edna Valley as a wine region, establishing a series of brands to show its range. From Riesling and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, these labels cover multiple varietals and local regions. Taste through a selection of these 30+ wines in the Independence Schoolhouse, built in 1909. The tasting room offers a signature flight, as well as a seated, guided flight with cheese pairings. A gourmet boutique, bocce ball, and a dog- and kid-friendly lawn round out the experience.
Edna Valley Wine Tours
Edna Valley is served by a number of tour and transportation companies to keep wine tasting educational, fun and safe for all.
101 Wine Tours
This tour company prides itself on designing custom itineraries tailored to the needs and preferences of their clients. Tours are conducted with knowledgeable guides and Mercedes vans for comfort and a bit of luxury. Whether you have a vision for where you’d like to taste or you’re completely open to recommendations, 101 Wine Tours strives to make the experience memorable and fun.
Uncorked Wine Tours
Open to your itinerary or able to design one for you, Uncorked Wine Tours caters to the taste of its guests. Local experts share their experiences, secret spots and knowledge, making for a fun and delicious day tasting wine in Edna Valley.
Since 1995, Breakaway Tours has been bringing local expertise to Edna Valley wine tasting. Choose to join a group tour to 4 wineries, plus door-to-door service and a picnic lunch, or design a private tour, just for your party. Enjoy specialized options like dog-friendly wine tours and tours to small-scale wineries. And don’t forget celebrations! Breakaway Tours welcomes groups for guy and girl getaway trips, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family reunions and more.
SLO Safe Ride
This local specialist provides safe and fun transportation for your wine tasting adventure. Each trip includes a knowledgeable driver, a luxury bus, limousine or large-group vehicle, door-to-door pick-up and drop-off, and bottled water. For an all-inclusive wine tour, SLO Safe Ride covers all tasting fees, provides box lunches, and offers concierge service upon request.