Wine Tasting in Cambria
The Central Coast is an area known for its wine, and for good reason – there are almost 100,000 acres dedicated to vineyards within the region. The majority of the vineyards are found in popular destinations like Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County, but you don’t have to travel far from the coast to experience great wine. In fact, there’s an undiscovered wine scene in and around the coastal town of Cambria. Read on to learn more about where to go wine tasting in Cambria.
Many people flock to Cambria for seaside activities, ocean views and marine wildlife, but it’s a worthy destination for wine lovers. Here, the cooling ocean influences from the Pacific create a layer of morning cloud cover. This gives way to afternoon sunlight, creating idyllic conditions for growing a wide variety of grapes. From Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Cabernet Franc, you’ll love tasting through the area at these under-the-radar wineries. Many tasting rooms are located in Cambria, making it convenient to sip and sample as you explore the town.
A few miles north of Cambria near Hearst Castle is the small coastal town of San Simeon. Here, inside the historic Sebastian’s General Store, is where you’ll find the acclaimed wines of Hearst Ranch Winery. Hand-crafted offerings include Chardonnay, Rosé, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and even Late Harvest Zinfandel. All available to taste in the quaint and inviting space, which features historic remnants of the past that take you back to the turn-of-the-century when Old San Simeon Village was a bustling whaling and commerce village.
Stolo Family Vineyards is the only estate winery and vineyard in Cambria. It’s also one of the closest vineyards to the California coast, located less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean. They produce cool climate wines that are representative of the region, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and dry Gewürztraminer. The winery farmhouse and old dairy barn date back to the late 1800s, making for a rustic, inviting place to taste their critically acclaimed wines.
Just outside Cambria in a coastal valley a few miles from the Pacific is Cutruzzola Vineyards. It’s a family-owned winery focused on cool climate Riesling and Pinot Noir. The hillside vineyard produces small yields of extremely concentrated fruit, while the cooling ocean breezes allow the grapes to retain freshness and acidity. Their laid-back tasting room in downtown Cambria is a great place to taste these Central Coast boutique wines.
Conveniently located on Main Street in Cambria, a visit to the Twin Coyotes tasting room will have you tasting everything from Moscato and Chardonnay to Tempranillo and Merlot… and even a variety of olive oils. Owned by twin brothers and their families, Twin Coyotes is dedicated to crafting wine handmade in small batches. Their wines are made from sustainably farmed grapes grown on the Central Coast.
Since their first vintage in 1996, family-owned and operated Cayucos Cellars has been producing small batch wines. They incorporate natural winemaking techniques like wild yeast fermentation. A visit to their tasting room will find you enjoying Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Petit Sirah. The wines are often poured by one of the Selkirk family members themselves at their downtown Cambria location.
Whether you’re a dedicated wine aficionado or budding enthusiast, a visit to any of these Cambria wineries make for a memorable vacation on the coast. All of our family-owned and operated oceanfront Cambria hotels are situated along Moonstone Beach Drive, offering a wonderful home base for exploring the wines of the Central Coast.