You can see it in the bursts of vibrant gold and crimson colors, smell it in the aromas of ripening fruit and crushed grapes, and feel it in the cool, early morning air – Harvest season is in full swing in Paso Robles Wine Country. And for wine enthusiasts, winemakers and vineyard caretakers, it’s the most active and exciting time of year.
The celebration of Harvest season begins with a flurry of activity! Mechanical harvesters or vineyard hands quickly pick the grapes and place them in bins that are transported to the cellars of eager winemakers. The anticipation is palpable as the fruit is crushed and prepared for the next great vintage.
These fall scenes take center stage in Wine Country. Special events at wineries abound, with winemaker lunches and dinners, seminars, concerts and the biggest celebration of them all: Paso Robles’ Harvest Wine Weekend.
Visiting Wine Country during the height of its activity is already pretty exciting, but the celebratory Harvest Wine Weekend, October 14th-16th, offers special events that are as diverse as the wineries themselves. Visitors can explore more than 140 activities that include winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, barrel tastings, artisanal food pairings, live music and more!
For an unforgettable wine country experience, plan a visit to these participating wineries during the Harvest Wine Weekend celebration:
Awarded Winery of the Year at the 2015 Central Coast Competition, Cass Vineyard and Winery is located in the rolling, oak-studded hills between Paso Robles and Creston. During Harvest Wine Weekend, Cass will be serving up a traditional BBQ Dinner and hosting a grape stomp.
HARVEST FESTIVAL BBQ DINNER | October 14th 6-9p | $60pp/$48 wine club members
Join Cass and Chef Jacob for a traditional pig roast dinner buffet. Bring your dancing boots out for this country wine setting and live music by The Crisptones. Dinner will be outside and includes wine. For menu and ticket information, click here.
Harvest Festival Grape Stomp | October 16th 12-3p | $30pp/$24 wine club members
Enjoy all you can eat taco buffet and a grape stomp! Cass will have the tunes – you can leave the shoes! Cost includes wine tasting. Click hereto view the menu and to purchase tickets.
Mapping and Directions to Cass: speedfind.com/CassWinery
Founded by Doug and Nancy Beckett in 1988, Peachy Canyon has long been praised as a producer of award winning California wines that exemplify respect for terroir and dedicated winemaking. Join Peachy Canyon during Harvest Wine Weekend for wine, delicious food and song.
October 14th | Live Music from San Luis Obispo local Kenny Taylor | 1pm
October 15th | Live Music, Catered Lunch & Barrel Samples | Starting at Noon
Enjoy live music from the very talented Surfeza from 1-4pm, along with catering starting at about noon from food truck favorite, The Grilled Cheese Incident. Winemaker Rob Henson will be on site with barrel samples.
October 16th | Live Music, Catered Lunch & Barrel Samples | Starting at Noon
Peachy Canyon winemaker Rob Henson and his team will be at the winery to share barrel samples. Live music will be performed by Back Bay Betty starting at 1p, and the fantastic Farmstead Catering Company will provide delicious lunch options beginning at about noon.
Mapping and Directions to Peachy Canyon: speedfind.com/PeachyCanyonWinery
Distinctive Italian style wines, stunning tasting room, breathtaking setting, and passionate crewmembers, make Pelletiere Estate truly worth a visit during Harvest Wine Weekend.
October 14th | Sample Pelletiere’s Newest Releases & Italian Style Wines
Enjoy the wonders of Harvest among the vines. Indulge in a relaxing afternoon, while sampling Pelletiere’s newest releases and Italian style wines.
October 15th | Live Music, Catered Lunch & Barrel Samples | Music at 1:30
The celebration continues! Relax with live music by locally renowned duo REWINED and a glass of wine or a tasting of our limited production Italian style wines. Delicious gourmet food prepared fresh by The Hurricane Food Truck will be available. This is a free event, with music kicking off at 1:30pm.
October 16th | Sample Pelletiere’s Elegant Estate Wines
Delight in the beauty, as autumn falls upon the vineyard, while relaxing on our picnic patio! Take a self- guided tour of our estate vineyards and visit with our working sheep all while enjoying our limited production Italian style wines.
Mapping and Directions to Pelletiere Estate: speedfind.com/Pelletiere
Poalillo Vineyards was established in 1992 by founders Charles and Joyce Poalillo. Their very first vintage, 1992 Zinfandel, was entered in the Orange County Fair Wine Competition and won a Gold Medal and was named “Best in its Class” for all red wines entered. Sample Poalillo Vineyards’ four new releases during Harvest Wine Weekend.
Harvest Fest BBQ & Live Music | October 15th 12-5p | $10-$12pp
Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch while rockin’ to the musical stylings of the Double D’s.
Harvest Party Featuring Live Music & Dinner | October 15th 6-9p | Admission $10, Dinner $15
The celebration continues into the night with a Harvest Party & Concert featuring the band ZZAH. Be sure to save your appetite for Chef Julie’s Harvest-themed dinner!
Mapping and Directions to Poalillo Vineyards:speedfind.com/PoalilloVineyards
Rotta Winery, founded in 1908, is the oldest originally family-owned winery in San Luis Obispo County. To longtime fans of the wine region, the name Rotta Winery might ring a few bells, but only if you were familiar with Paso Robles’ wines before the rest of the country barely knew where Paso was. In fact, you have to go back several decades to discover the beginnings of Rotta Winery, which was one of the first three wineries established in Paso Robles.
Discover historic Rotta Winery and its legacy of old-school winemaking this Harvest Wine Weekend.
Harvest Fest BBQ & Barrel Tours | October 16th FREE BBQ | Barrel Tours Starting at 11a
Join Rotta’s Winemaker Christian Tietje for Barrel Tours on the hour, every hour, 11-3p and enjoy a complimentary Harvest Fest BBQ from 12-4p. Live music, Bocce games, and corn hole! See why Harvest is the winery’s favorite time of year as they celebrate the bounty of their beautiful Paso Robles vineyards.
Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery: speedfind.com/RottaWinery
Stay with us during Harvest Wine Weekend! The Adelaide Inn’s convenient location offers easy access to Paso Robles wineries.