Mid-Central Coast: San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande

The wineries are all within a 20 minute drive of each other and accessible by good roads.

Recommended Wineries

Chamisal Vineyards & Winery
Tasting RoomOpen daily, 10-5.
Production20,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah.
WinemakerFintan du Fresne
OwnerCrimson Wine Group
CommentsEstate grown Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Syrah and Grenache
PoP coverageChamisal Vineyards
Laetitia Vineyards & Winery
Tasting RoomOpen daily, 11-5, on Highway 101. Picnic area. No tours.
Production60,000 cases multiple varietals and sparkling.
WinemakerEric Hickey
OwnerSelim Zikha, Nadia Wellisz
Comments1,800 acres owned. First rate estate Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.
PoP coverageLaetitia Vineyard & Winery
Sinor-La Vallee
Tasting Room550 1st St, Avila Beach, CA 93424; open Thursday through Monday afternoons.
ProductionSmall lots of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Syrah from purchased grapes
WinemakerMike Sinor
OwnerMike Sinor and Cheri LaValle Sinor
CommentsEstate wines grown at Bassi Vineyard 1.2 miles from Pacific Ocean in southern San Luis Obispo County.
PoP coverageSinor-LaVallee
Talley Vineyards
Tasting RoomBeautifully landscaped grounds and tasting room, open daily, 10:30-4:30. No tours. Picnic area.
Production35,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, SauvignonBlanc. Bishops Peak is second value label.
WinemakerLeslie Mead
OwnerBrian Talley
Comments 215 acres owned, 215 acres leased. Established in 1986. One of the top producers of Pinot Noir in California.
PoP coverageTalley Vineyards

Recommended Lodging

Avila Village Inn
CommentsCraftsman style, 30-room Inn.
Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge
CommentsEvery room is spacious and has an ocean view. Best bang for your buck in area. I stay here during World of Pinot Noir each year.
Dolphin Bay Resort; Spa
CommentsNew, modern condominium-styled, one, two, and three bedroom units on ocean next door to The Cliffs Resort. Expensive. Home to the excellent Lido Restaurant.
Granada Hotel & Bistro
Comments17 rooms in a 1922 art deco building of exposed brick, 4 with private balconies. C.O. Bigelow toiletries, switch-on fireplaces, community sundeck, lender Linus bikes, Spanish-influenced Granada Bistro restaurant. A destination hotel for nearby wineries and walkable downtown San Luis Obispo. From $250.
Inn at Avila Beach
CommentsA beach house type hotel steps from the beach and ocean. Walk to local restaurant favorites: Old Porte Inn and Fat Cat Café.
Suite Edna
CommentsA French-country three bedroom farmhouse with a large kitchen. Located at the historic Old Edna townsite. Custom Gourmet Deli next door for brkfst and lunch. Highly recommended. Owner Pattea Torrence will take very good care of you if you mention the Prince!
The Casitas of Arroyo Grande
CommentsSpanish-style B&B in the heart of San Luis Obispo's wine country. 7-acre estate overlooking Talley's Rosemary Vineyard and the Arroyo Grande Valley. Previously Casa de Colores. Three private bungalows or "little houses," with patios and views. 25-meter lap pool. Owners are Pat and Tony Goetz. $179-$299 depending on season including a gourmet breakfast.
The Cliffs at Shell Beach
CommentsA resort-style hotel on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ocean or mountain views.Swimming pool. Marisol Restaurant. Home to the World of Pinot Noir each year.

Recommended Restaurants

Alphy's Broiler
CommentsFriendly service, great sandwiches (order the turkey club with coleslaw).
Cafe Roma
CommentsRomantic Italian. Great wine list.
Koberl at Blue
CommentsSophisticated wine country cuisine.
Lido Restaurant
CommentsCalifornia cuisine. Views of ocean.
Old Porte Inn
CommentsSeafood house on pier. A local institution. Very good list of regional wines.
Old West Cinnamon Rolls
CommentsAs the name implies, go here for the best cinnamon rolls in the world.
Rosa's Restaurante Italiano
CommentsBasic Italian fare with nightly specials. Always crowded so rsvp.
The Gardens of Avila
CommentsLocated in the Sycamore Springs Resort. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. California cuisine.
The Park
CommentsElegant, romantic dining destination. Chef Maegen Loring cooks California rustic cuisine, locally sourced, and organic whenever possible.

Recommended Wine Stores

CommentsA modern wine bar offering tastes of multiple San Luis Obispo County wines.

Picnic Supplies

Ellie's Gourmet Cafe
CommentsFriendly service, homemade feel. Great sandwiches esp seared ahi with cucumber wasabi slaw.
Farmer's Markets

Appellation Websites