Rabbit Ridge

3.25/4

1172 San Marcos Road , Paso Robles, CA 93446

About This Winery

As you amble down quiet San Marcos Road you come to a large Mediterranean style building tucked into the hillside covered with dozens of brightly colored rose bushes balanced with its mustard colored stucco exterior. The gravel path leads you
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As you amble down quiet San Marcos Road you come to a large Mediterranean style building tucked into the hillside covered with dozens of brightly colored rose bushes balanced with its mustard colored stucco exterior. The gravel path leads you past gardens of lavender, rosemary, and sage to the complex of buildings of Rabbit Ridge Winery.  The owner earned his nickname “The Rabbit” as a world class runner in college.
 
The original winery operation started in Healdsburg in 1988, and moved to Paso Robles in 2003. The new 55,000 square foot state-of-the-art winery is an impressive ivy covered structure with outdoor patios and high archways. The tasting room hunkers down in the cavernous barrel room facility with the simple tasting bar made from skirted wood planks over wine barrels. There is some limited wine related merchandise for sale.
  
The winery owns five separate vineyards, all located on the west side of highway 101 where the rugged, rocky, calcareous soils and unique micro climates contribute to the grapes distinctive qualities. With the ocean only 10 to 15 miles to the west the vineyards, this area can be warm during the day but cool down dramatically at night– sometimes dropping 40 or even 50 degrees from the high of the day.
 
The winery is a high-tech, gravity flow design that uses the sloping hillsides to transfer the wine. The grapes are crushed at the top of the hill with the press area and tank room 22 feet below.  A sister brand is their value priced Wild Hare label. They produce Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Primitivo, Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and some Rhone blends.

 

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Winery Information

Hours: Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11-5 pm
Tasting Fees: Tasting fee $5 with souvenir glass, or $10 with Riedel souvenir glass
Tours: Tours by Appointment
Price Range: $6 to $30 per bottle.
Established: 1981
Vineyards: 400+ acres
Production: 100,000 cases
Winery Dog: Andre, Max, Sunshine & Jess

Amenities

  • "Green" Technology

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Hip & Stylish
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Resort Like

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

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The setting was magnificent and the fact that I was able to be so near the ocean was what pleased me most. The Pinot Grigio was delicious and had a nutty flavoring that I was amazed to find so delicately embraced by the wine. I am usually challenged when it comes to whites, seeing as to how I favor a dark red, although I truly enjoyed this blend. I was grateful to the staff for being able to guide my taste buds in the right direction.

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