Not soaking in California’s renowned wine is almost criminal when visiting its Central Coast. Culturas curated a brief list of San Luis Obispo County’s wine clubs and tasting rooms to help you with that last-minute holiday present.
Located across 125 acres of ecologically-friendly property in downtown SLO, Wolff Vineyards is a family-owned business that takes advantage of the cool coastal Edna Valley winds to characterize its wine. Its wine club called the Wolff Pack includes a plethora of benefits like 20% off wines purchases in the tasting room, and complimentary tastings for members and up to three guests.
6238 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Tolosa also makes full use of the benefits of the Edna Valley, which are volcanic hills in SLO County near the iconic Morro Rock. This wine company specializes in Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and offer wine club memberships for wallets of a variety of sizes. Members of its 1772 Club can pick from three broad options – the three-, six-, or twelve-bottle club. Each club also comes with joining subgroups like white, red, or mixed wine deliveries.
4910 Edna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 305-9164 [for wine purchase inquiries], (805) 242-7125 [for shipping inquiries]
Nestled just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Chamisal Vineyards’s wines come from grapes planted across three kinds of soil: Chamise Shaly Loam, Tierra Sandy Loam, and Salinas Clay Loam. A classic membership plan costs between $160 to $225 seasonally for 16 bottles of wine per year. Other perks include a 25% discount on your birthday and 15% off ground shipment cost. Chamisal Vineyards offers two more plans: the Rare Release Club and the Premier Club.
Baileyana Winery was created over 30 years ago, and each of its wines are sourced from select blocks from the company’s estate Paragon Vineyard, which was planted in 1973. Joining its Wine Club 1909 will give members a chance to try all four of its distinct brands. “Browse our enticing shop stocked with gourmet foods and charming gifts, as well as the entire lineup of our family’s wines: Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth & Zocker,” the website reads. What’s more: it’s free to be a member of Baileyana Winery.
5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
Though Stephen Ross is now an Edna Valley staple, its roots lay in Minnesota when a then-teen Stephen Ross Dooley started making wines in his family basement. Now, Dooley and his wife Paula have expanded their main Pinot Noir specialty to include other varieties too thanks to their partnership with the Flying Cloud delivery service. Apart from a membership program, what makes Stephen Ross unique is its ‘Adopt-a-Barrel’ program.
“When we started making wine in 1994 – and we can hardly believe it has been so many years – we found ourselves in need of cash to buy our French oak barrels, a year before we had wine to sell. We looked for people to “Adopt” barrels for us and when the wine was ready, we had a big dinner party to celebrate. This small and intimate program has been such a great success, and for us, transformed customers into friends,” its website says.
178 Suburban Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401