Benchmark Wineries

Eberle Winery 

The winery of Gary Eberle, godfather of the Paso Robles AVA and a longtime proponent of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the area. Founded in 1979.

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

One of the earliest, large growers in the area. J Lohr has long been an ambassador for the region.

JUSTIN Vineyard & Winery 

The first high-profile Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the region, its “Isosceles” was the first Paso Robles wine to score 100 points. It was also the area’s  first destination winery, including both an excellent restaurant and a B & B.

L'Aventure Winery 

Founded by Stephan Asseo from Bordeaux in 1996 to produce Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blends. His influence has led to a small, but very important, wave of French winemakers in the region.

Saxum Vineyards 

The winery of Justin Smith, son of James Berry Smith. It produced the only “Wine Spectator Wine of the Year” from Paso Robles.

Tablas Creek Vineyard 

A joint venture between the Robert Haas family (renowned importers of French wines) and the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel. Its goal has been to produce wines that echo those of Châteauneuf du Pape. By importing cuttings from Chateau de Beaucastel and shepherding them through quarantine and TTB registration, Tablas Creek has established the legality of all Châteauneuf du Pape varieties in the United States.

Epoch Estate Wines 

Founded in 2004, Epoch Estate has dedicated itself to both fine wine and the history of Paso Robles. They purchased and restored the historic York Mountain Winery and their estate vineyard is the old Paderewski Vineyard.

Linne Calodo 

Influential winegrower Matt Trevisan was one of the first to produce world class wines in what is now the Willow Creek District AVA. Established in 1998.

Le Cuvier Winery 

The winery of John Munch, a Paso Robles winemaking pioneer who founded Adelaida Cellars in 1981. He created Le Cuvier in 1987.