Carmody McKnight

3.26/4

11240 Chimney Rock Rd , Paso Robles, CA 92446

About This Winery

A blend of natural beauty, brightly colored paintings and superb wines is what a stop at Carmody McKnight winery offers its visitors.  Off the beaten track, this winery has an idyllic setting in the shade of giant oaks and adjacent to
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A blend of natural beauty, brightly colored paintings and superb wines is what a stop at Carmody McKnight winery offers its visitors.  Off the beaten track, this winery has an idyllic setting in the shade of giant oaks and adjacent to a lovely pond.
 
You pass the wooden gates and meander up a lane skirting an idyllic pond with giant mature oak trees and a lawn down to the waters edge. Heavy wooden tables and comfortable chairs are set up for picnics and placed in this gorgeous setting looking over the fountain and backed by the vineyard. Behind the winery building you might spy some horses and a pair of Alpacas lingering in their paddocks.
 
You walk down the path to the tasting room that once was the main house on the property. Inside is a tasting bar with logo clothes, award ribbons and bottles of wine. Further into the tasting room is an art gallery featuring local artists and the owners own brilliantly colored treasures. The wine labels also showcase his paintings with a new image for every new vintage. 
 
The owners’ of this estate have their own story. Gary Conway is a successful film and TV actor (Burke’s Law among others) and also authored the book Art of the Vineyard. His name was changed from Carmody by Hollywood agents. The former Ms. McKnight, now Mrs. Conway, was crowned Miss South Carolina and later become Miss America. 
 
The vineyard is an unusual combination of limestone, montmorillonite, and igneous (volcanic) rock and includes twenty-six soil types. The vineyard is so unique that it was chosen to be the subject of a long term testing and documentation with the Soil Information System from Earth Information Technologies. This program will help scientist with their study of soils types and uses in the viticulture industry.

Wines produced include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chardonnay, a meritage and some late harvest offerings, plus a crisp sparkling wine.

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Winery Information

Hours: Open 10-5 pm daily.
Tasting Fees: $5 tasting fee
Price Range: $16.50 to $38 per bottle.
Established: 1995
Vineyards: 100 acres
Production: 8,000 cases

Amenities

  • Gift Shop

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Hip & Stylish
  • Kid Friendly
  • Off the Beaten Path

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir

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The winery is a bit of a ride, but so so worth it. We were the only couple there for a while and this is a truly picturesque winery. We picnicked with a bottle of their reserve pinot and enjoyed the beautiful grounds. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and we thought their pinot and reserve pinot were very good. Their bottles are works of art with each label containing its own unique piece of art. There is cheese and other snack items available at the winery. We will definitely return for another picnic and couple bottles of some unique wines.

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The gentleman pouring our wine was not overly friendly. Sometimes he would be harsh in his responses to questions. The wines were decent and pricing was good. I'm not sure we would stop here again. There are just so many other great wineries with friendly service.

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Add me to the list of those who have had problems with Carmody Mcknight. We were in Paso this past July, stopped there and my wife liked several of their wines so she signed up for the club. Back to Indiana where we live, trying to coordinate our 1st shipment to stay out of the heat I made several phone calls expressing my concern over shipping dates. Thought I had it all taken care of and was told not to worry but come to find they ship my order on a Wednesday morning before labor day weekend. Obviously, UPS is closed 3 days straight. As it turns out it also happens to be 110 degrees here that weekend so it sits and cooks in the warehouse over the weekend. Phone calls do no good, no acceptance of any responsibility on their part in spite of the fact I tried my best to plan ahead to prevent the problem in the first place. Mistakes happen ( I've made my share ), and in this case a simple " yes, I'm sorry, but we screwed up" would have went a looong way with us, but they would have none of t

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