In San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL), we have over 80 producers of sparkling wine! That’s right—our own local champagne. Much of this is made in the traditional, method champenoise, and some are Pét-Nats, while still others are made in a more tank (or bulk) style. They are all bubbly and delicious, available by the bottle (and in some cases, by the glass).
But, where to get a flight of sparkling wines, to try them all?? Or other fun Sparkling Wine Experiences in SLO CAL? Read on to find out, listed from North to South!
1. Vino Vargas
Vino Vargas is just outside the town of San Miguel, north of Paso Robles, and makes very traditional, Champagne-method Sparkling Wines all by hand, and all in-house with grapes from local vineyards. This is an amazing labor of Champagne love for a small, family-owned winery!
They recently released a Viognier Sparkling and a Sparkling RED Pinot Noir! These additions to their portfolio of sparkling wines create a five-wine sparkling flight.
They make 3 original and 2 new Sparkling Wines:
- Brut Blanc de Blanc
- Brut Blanc de Noir
- Brut Rosé Sparkling
- The New Paso Doblé Sparkling Pinot Noir captivates with its deep, ruby hue and enchanting aromas of ripe red berries and subtle hints of baking spices.
- The New Paso Doblé Sparkling Viognier Blanc is an elegant creation that showcases the beauty of Viognier grapes. It unveils delicate floral notes, luscious white peach, and apricot aromas.
They don’t always have a Bubbles flight on the tasting menu, but they do have a Sparkling Wine Club, and will happily open their sparklers for a tasting flight for the serious Champagne lover. (See all wineries on the Paso North Trail.)
Santellan is a new vineyard and winery north of Paso Robles, just off the 101. They have 3 different sparkling wines made from grapes in Northern California’s Alexander and Russian River Valleys (the sparkling wines are created and finished in a facility there as well). On holidays like Valentine’s and Mother’s Days, they offer tastes of all 3, usually paired with mini cupcakes! (See all wineries on the Paso North Trail.)
Here are some previous cupcake and Bubbles pairings:
- Symphony (Grenache Gris & Muscat from Alexander Valley) paired with Lemon Cupcake
- Brut Rosé (Brut, Russian River Valley) paired with Red Velvet
- Sparkling Muscato (Demi-sec, Russian River Valley) paired with Vanilla
The Rava family dreamed of being the first Paso Robles winery to specialize in estate grown, sparkling wines crafted in the time-honored, méthode champenoise style. Located on Paso’s Eastside, the hand-crafted nature of these wines is reminiscent of the old-world traditions found in the smaller grower champagne houses. They also make all sparkling wines in-house, as well as help other local wineries in their Bubblies.
Rava Wines offer a variety of Still and Sparklings such as:
- Grenache Rosé
- Blanc de Blanc
- Classic Brut
- Sparkling Albariño …and many more.
Rava Wines has created 10 sparkling wines to enjoy, and they have a sparkling tasting flight year-round! Head on over to their tasting room east of Paso Robles to taste their lineup of sparkling wines. (See all wineries on the Paso East Trail.)
4. San Antonio
San Antonio Winery remains the oldest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles with over 100 years of winemaking by the Riboli family, making it an essential component of the city’s cultural and historical landscape. Aside from their LA location, they also have tasting rooms in Paso Robles and Ontario.
In the Paso Robles (eastside) tasting room, try 4 of their Bubblies. (See all wineries on the Paso East Trail.)
- San Antonio California Champagne is a classic choice with subtle sweetness mixed with tangy notes.
- Stella Rosa Imperiale Prosecco is a sparkling wine with notes of Bosc pear, yellow apple, and lemon.
- Stella Rosa Imperiale Orange Moscato is a sparkling wine with flavors of orange, lemon, orange blossom, and peach.
- Stella Rosa Imperiale Black Lux is the desirable sparkling red blend, with notes of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry.
5. Hoyt Family Vineyards
Not a tasting flight, but a special tasting room experience! Paso Robles’ only Mimosa Bar is at Hoyt Family Vineyards! Visit Hoyt’s beachy, country-chic Downtown Paso Robles tasting room Saturday from 12-8pm or on Sunday from 12-5pm for your own custom Mimosa. Pick a juice base, add in our Hoyt2Hoyt Brut Sparkling Wine, and top with a garnish. (See all wineries on the Downtown Paso & Tin CIty Trail.)
6. Field Recordings
It’s impossible to keep up with the Pét-Nat sparkling offerings at Field Recordings! The folks here are always experimenting with new styles of Bubbles, and have created a flight and a club. They make various fruit-and-grape co-fermented Sparklers, Piquettes (a kind of wine “tea” made by steeping the leftover matter from making still wine), Ciders (sparkling made from fruit other than grapes) and Pét-Nats. (See all wineries on the Downtown Paso & Tin CIty Trail.)
7. Chamisal Vineyards
Not a tasting flight, but a special tasting room experience! The Champagne-method Sparkling Wine at Chamisal Vineyards in Edna Valley (on the San Luis Obispo Coast, just outside the city of SLO) is for club members only, but anyone can try them by booking the Bubbles & Caviar Experience. Indulge in this decadent experience of Sterling Royal grade caviar paried with their Bubbles. You’ll also get crème fraiche and potato chips, along with breathtaking vineyard views on the patio. (See all wineries on the SLO Wine Country Trail.)
8. Cali Love Wine
This pink disco party tasting room, originally from Solvang, is now open in Pismo Beach, with more pink, beachy photos and sangria shaved ice! Cali Love Wine Bubbles include traditional Stardust Brut Rosé, Gold Label Grand Cuvée, and 2 fun, flavored sparklers: Wild Thing Peach Mango Sparkling Wine and Pineapple Coconut Sparkling Wine.
Flights are available on Sundays, but you can also just ask for a taste of each for a bubbly flight, year-round! Mimosas are also on the daily menu. (See all wineries on the SLO Wine Country Trail.)
Originally known for Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines, Laetitia continues to produce 7 unique Sparkling Wines. The vineyard site was specifically chosen by the French 30+ years ago to grow Chardonnay grapes that remained acidic, delicate and fresh with green apple and citrus characters—everything you want for making sparkling wine. Read more about Laetitia Sparkling Wine.
Laetitia Vineyards & Winery always offers a bubbly flight, as well as a Sparkling Only Wine Club. (See all wineries on the SLO Wine Country Trail.)
New Sparkling Wine Releases in SLO County
Metronome – Track 1 is a new label by Hayseed & Housdon‘s right-hand woman, Holli, and this sparkling wine will be her vintner debut. 2018 Metronome Track 1 is a traditional-method Brut cuvee, and will soon be in the Hayseed & Housdon tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. Metronome will help raise awareness and funds for a worthy nonprofit: VH1 Save The Music. 🎶 (See all wineries on the Downtown Paso & Tin CIty Trail.)
Lone Madrone just released their 2022 Chenin Blanc Pétillant Naturel, and it’s crisp and clean, perfect for summer.
Claiborne & Churchill now has their 40th anniversary 2020 Brut Cuvee made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir available in the tasting room. This wine has been aged on the lees and has lovely fruit and brioche flavros, like traditional Champagne.
See more! There are over 80 sparkling wine producers in San Luis Obispo County.