Vina Robles Paso Robles Reviews
Vina bella May 24, 2010
This winery just recently open their new hospitality center which is located three miles east of downtown Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. The building sits on 30 acres of property next to Hunter Ranch Golf Course with some nice views of the surrounding wine country and a blue oak forest. Across from their Vineyard, you can see the beauty of the Paso Robles wine country. It is very accessible to Highway 46 East, which leads to neighboring wineries and some pretty amazing eateries in downtown Paso Robles.
The Vina Robles hospitality center is a combination of classic California Mission-style design with modern European elegance that including soaring interiors, large picture windows, state-of-the-art technology and a courtyard with fountain. The center is most notably reflective of the historic California Missions, including nearby Mission San Miguel Arcángel and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
The interior of the hospitality center has three areas: The tasting room, a retail shop and a banquet facility which is called the Signature Room. The tasting room features a triangular island bar facing a picture window overlooking the nearby Vina Robles Demonstration Vineyard. The tasting room is very spacious and grand with a fireplace and comfy furniture to enjoy your tastings. The appetizers that were set out were all delicious; some smoked Kallbasa sausage, Creamy potato gratin and spiced pumpkin tarts. We lingered out on the patio with our tastings and enjoy the pretty ambiance and great food, there is also an area out in the back with a wall fountain and tables set up for special events. They have some real comfortable chairs and a small lounge area with a library. The retail area features custom made merchandise islands with all their fine wines, a selection of gourmet items and an assortment of interesting cook books. There is also a deli section with artisan cheeses and meats.
Step up to the tasting bar and you will be greeted by a friendly staff willing to pour you a taste of whatever your pallet desires. I tasted quite a few different wines and never once did they ask for any money. You can do a paid tasting of $8 where they pour you, what seems like, an endless flight of wines. If not that adventurous, you can also enjoy a glass of your favorite for only $8 as well. I suggest the flight. They are very generous with their pours, so you will get your money’s worth.
They also have a newly open art gallery. They display featured the artist Tomas. He is a painter using zinc and polychrome which was a very beautiful combination. He had an amazing exhibit. It is free to stroll around and view and the artist sells his work as well as commissions private orders.
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