We spent some time in San Luis Obispo and stopped at a couple of local wineries. Both had some great wines on offer, and super chill outdoor areas for enjoying the scenery.
Baileyana Winery is the kind of place you could spend an entire afternoon. The winery was started by the matriarch of the Niven family, and the tasting room offers up their entire line of wines. Most are made from the grapes growing on the land surrounding the tasting room, while some grapes are sourced from Paso Robles.
The tasting room is a converted historic school house and totally adorable. They sell their wines, offer tastings and glasses, and sell a few other wine-related items. A tasting is in the $10 range, they are happy for you to share, and the fee is waived if you buy a wine bottle or two. We took home a bottle of Gruner Veltliner and the dessert version of the same varietal.
There are a couple of huge bocci courts and plenty of seating in a quiet setting. The view isn’t bad, either. It’s a great place to enjoy a packed lunch and a glass or two.
Next door is Wolff Vineyards. A long driveway takes you up past the family house to the tasting room, situated in the middle of acres and acres of grapes.
It’s a beautiful property with an abundance of outdoor seating. We brought our lunch along and set up shop outside, and a kindly employee came out to greet us and brought our tasting straight to the table, even though we were the only ones out there. We very much enjoyed sitting outside and sipping their line-up of wines in such a relaxed setting. The family dog sat next to us for much of our visit.
The staff was knowledgeable but extremely approachable, and the $10 tasting fee is waived if you buy a single bottle. They don’t rush you out, and it’s not the kind of place you want to rush away from. We brought home a bottle of Chardonnay, which they dry farm—a rarity, and eco-friendly. It also produces a delicious wine. We could have easily walked away with any of their bottles, since we enjoyed them all.