Edna Valley Wineries

Edna Valley Wineries

San Luis Obispo wineries have been described as “undiscovered.” That adjective is becoming used less and less as the word has gotten out about the superb wines coming out of Edna Valley. Superb estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir come from Talley Vineyards, 3031 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande, a family owned and operated winery that handcrafts superb chardonnay and pinot noir. The winery began in 1948 as a vegetable farm and nearly twenty years later, produced their first wine. Today, three generations since the early farm days, Talley produces 18,000 cases per year of phenomenal wine.

The Tolosa Winery, 4910 Edna Valley Road, is named for Mission San Luis Obipso de Tolosa, which is fitting since the first wine grapes in the area were planted by the mission in Edna Valley. Tolosa, produces world class chardonnay, syrah, Viognier, pinot noir, and Grenache Blanc. There is a lovely picnic area an patio adjacent to the impressive wood paneled tasting room.

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For sparkling wine lovers, Laetitia Vineyard and Winery is heaven on earth. Laetitia is Latin for “joy,“ which is what you feel when you taste the light, bubbling, sweet happiness in a glass. A variety of seven traditional Methode Champenoise sparkling wines are produced by one of only two wooden basket Coquard Presses in the U.S. (Traditionally used in the Champagne region of France, the basket press creates friction on the white grapes piled on top of a bottom screen which drains the macerated grapes as they are gently pressed. Bucket presses by Coquard are now being used in Andersen Valley in Medocino County to press red wine.) Laetitia has a new tasting room which is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Consistently voted Best Tasting Room, the Edna Valley Vineyard is celebrating thirty years in the wine business. Located at 2585 Biddle Road, and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, the vineyard has great views from their tasting room and a fantastic gift shop, with the most wine related merchandise in the south county. Pick up gourmet foods, baskets, books, pottery, and, of course, a bottle of one of their fifteen varieties of wine. This winery produces very diverse wines, from dessert wines to chardonnay, Zinfandel, pinot noir, and esoteric vintages like Petite Verdot and Mourvedre.

South county wine country is different from the hot, more deeply inland climate of northern San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles wines are predominantly red while Edna Valley wineries are somewhat coastal (only about five miles inland) and produce mostly whites, although zinfandel and some other reds are also produced.

Note: As of this writing, the Edna Valley area has just been threatened with a grape pest infestation. So far three grassy winged sharpshooters and their egg masses were found near the south county vineyards. A limited quarantine area has been set up to control the spread of the destructive leaf hoppers, a plague of the wine grape industry. In Temecula, in Riverside County, in 1999, more than three hundred acres of vineyards were destroyed. Let’s just hope that the vineyards of Edna Valley will escape this threat to their superb wine production.