The west side of Paso Robles, California is known for its unique topography and family-owned boutique wineries. It also gets more rain, ocean breezes and fog than the far east side. This Sparkling Trail also includes sparkling wines further west in Cambria, just a few miles from the Pacific, which is perfect for sparkling wines.
This is a very popular area, with 21 Bubblies on this Sparkling Wine Trail!
See more! There are over 80 sparkling wine producers in San Luis Obispo County.
Adelaida Vineyards & Winery has a long history in Paso Robles; Pinot Noir was planted on the the land it occupies on Adelaida Road in 1964. That land was purchased in 1971 by Adelaida founders Don and Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, who later established the winery and more grape plantings over the years. Their Sparkling Wine from HMR Vineyard is made in the traditional method and is released yearly.
Méthode Champenoise is how sparkling wine is made in the Champagne region of France, also called méthode traditionnelle or classique. This is the highest-quality and most labor-intensive way to make sparkling wine. It involves bottling the still wine with additions of sugar and yeast after a first fermentation, ensuring a second fermentation happens in the bottle, trapping the bubbles inside. It then goes through aging (and periodic turning of the bottles to force the lees to the neck of the bottle), until it’s ready for dégorgement (to get these lees out) and dosage (to finish the wine).
2. Alta Colina
Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery is among Paso Robles’ top Rhone producers. They’re all about organically grown, estate Rhone wines from their family property on Paso’s westside. Every year, Alta Colina produces a dry, light Pétillant Natural that is perfect for summer.
Pétillant Naturel, or Pét-Nat, is an even more ancient way to make sparkling wine than the widely-used méthode champenoise (also called méthode traditionelle) originated in Champagne, France. In the méthode ancestrale, the wine is bottled with a crown cap before it even finishes its first fermentation, so it develops carbon dioxide as it goes. It’s not disgorged, often unfiltered, and can be made from any grape variety.
3. Barton Family (Grey Wolf)
Barton Family Wines (and Grey Wolf Cellars) is a boutique winery located on the highway 46 corridor in Paso Robles. They produce Zinfandel, the classic Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, and both red and white Rhone varietals and Sparkling. This past summer Grey Wolf released their Pet-Nat, but it quickly sold out. Watch for more!
4. Chronic Cellars
Using only the best – or ‘chronic’ – grapes from each year’s harvest, Chronic creates blends made with character. Their chill vibe and adventurous flavor profiles of wines deliver a fun experience. You can also taste their Sparkling Wine called Spritz & Giggles, based on Sparkling Wine that is Chardonnay based and made in the méthode champenoise.
Diléta is a highly-acclaimed boutique winery of handcrafted Rhône and Bordeaux varietals situated in the rolling hills of Paso Robles. While visiting their tasting room in Paso Robles, taste their crisp Phoenix, Blanc de Noir, made from Pinot Noir and made in the traditional Champagne method.
6. Donati Family
Donati is located near Templeton on the 46 West, and has two different sparklers made in the traditional method (outsourced for all the sparkling finishing). The Donati Family Reserve Rosé Sparkling is a blend of Pinot Noir (mostly Pinot) and Chardonnay and the Donati Family Reserve Brut Cuvée Sparkling is also a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, bone-dry with delicate notes of green apple and nuanced pear.
7. Four Lanterns
Four Lanterns is a family owned and operated winery known for their deep selection of white & red blends and single varietals. They also have one Sparkling called Jacqueline (made in méthode champenoise) that is a crisp sparkling Viognier with subtle floral notes.
Read more about Four Lanterns Sparkling Wine.
8. Halter Ranch
Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery situated on the west-side of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast, and they have a tasting room on Paso’s eastside near the airport. The ranch today spans over 2,700-acres, with 180-acres of sustainably farmed wine grapes, 15-acres of organically grown walnuts, and 10-acres of organically grown olives. Halter Ranch Estrella is a tasting room with a full kitchen on Paso’s eastside, serving wine flights and bites (kids and dogs are welcome).
Halter Ranch releases their Libelle Picpoul Blanc Sparkling (made in the méthode champenoise) each year, but at this time it is sold out.
HammerSky wines are created with purposefully low yields in the Willow Creek AVA, and the experienced hands that touch each vine. They specialize in Bordeaux-centric estate wines in addition to their one Sparkling wine. HammerSky’s Detained Sparkling is their Grand Cuvée sparkling white wine that is light and crisp.
10. Hope Family
Hope Family Wines makes Treana Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine, in the Templeton Gap area just north of the 46 west highway. It’s made in the traditional méthode champenoise.
11. Jack Creek
Jack Creek Cellars is located in a cool micro-climate on the south end of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and specialize in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache and Syrah. In addition to their classic wines, they also have two Sparkling wines – Estate Cuvée (done in méthode traditionelle) and a Blanc de Blancs.
L’Aventure, or Stephan Vineyards, is a California wine estate producing red wine blends of the Bordeaux and Rhône grape varieties. The do not produce their own sparkling wine, but their partner winery in France, Thiénot, offers a true French Champagne, Champagne Thiénot Brut.
13. Lone Madrone
Lone Madrone was founded in 1996 with the goal of producing distinctive wines from vineyards in the rugged limestone hills of Paso Robles. Lone Madrone released their 2022 Chenin Blanc Pétillant Naturel just in time for summer, and it’s crisp and clean and perfect.
14. McPrice Myers: Myers-Deovlet
Over the last two decades McPrice (Mac) Myers has been crafting wines that showcase the multiple terroirs and climates of the Central Coast, and makes a sparkling wine in partnership with Ryan Deovlet of Deovelt Wines. You can buy it at McPrice Myers in the Adelaida District. (It’s also available at Deovlet wines on the San Luis Obispo Sparkling Wine Trail). This is a Non-Vintage Blanc de Blanc called Line of Descent, a cuvée of 2013 – 2016 grapes made in the méthode champenoise.
15. Niner Wine Estates
Niner Wine Estates is a family owned, all estate winery located on the Westside of Paso Robles. For their méthode champenoise Sparkling Wines, they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier just four miles from the coast at Jespersen Ranch. These are the 3 grape varieties that traditionally make up Champagne from France. At Niner, they hand craft all the Bubbles at the winery, keeping all tasks and wine in-house. The current release is the 2019 Brut Cuvée, made of 51% Pinot Noir and 49% Chardonnay.
They also offer a gift box of 3 older vintages, including their 2015 Brut Rosé of 100% Pinot Noir, their 2016 Cuvée Brut Nature of 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay, and their 2017 Blanc De Noirs of 100% Pinot Noir.
With nearly 300 acres of vines on the east and west side of Paso Robles, Opolo Vineyards is privy to a wide range in climate, soil and growing potential—allowing an extensive range of varietals to flourish. At Opolo’s tasting room in Paso Robles, taste their bubbly Blanc de Blancs (done in traditional method) and Sparkling Wine (slightly sweet and perfect with dessert).
17. Paso Port
Paso Port is located on the Westside of Paso Robles just off of HWY 46 West. PasoPort is part of Per Caso and Pendray’s Distillery where they specialize in handcrafted wines, ports and spirits. In past years, Paso Port released their Perle – Sparkling wine (made in traditional methode champenoise) however it is sold out at this time.
Sextant Wines is part of the Craig Stoller collection that is primarily estate grown and carefully sourced from some of the Central Coast’s best vineyards. While visiting the tasting room, taste their dry Sparkling Brut that became an immediate classic everyone loved. Sextant also has a tasting room in Edna Valley.
19. Sirena Vineyard
Located just minutes from downtown Paso Robles in the heart of the Adelaida District, The beautiful tasting room, hillside villas and shaded veranda offer some of the most stunning mountain top views on the Central Coast. While enjoying the stunning views of the tasting room, enjoy a glass of their Costa Vinedo NV Brut Cuvee (done in traditional méthode champenoise)!
Summerwood produces small lots of ultra-premium wines available exclusively from their Westside Paso Robles estate. Enjoy Summerwood’s Sparkling Grenache Blanc – perfect for all year round celebrations!
Thacher Winery and Vineyard is a boutique family owned and operated Westside Paso Robles Winery. At this time their Sparklings are sold out, however in the past they have created a Blanc de Blanc and various Pét-Nats out of interesting grape varieties.
See more! There are over 80 sparkling wine producers in San Luis Obispo County.