Rio Seco Vineyard

3.75/4

4295 Union Road , Paso Robles, CA 93446

About This Winery

As a tiny Paso Robles vintner, Rio Seco offers uniquely hand-crafted wines, specializing in Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. Their unpretentious tasting room is friendly and casual.   Family-owned and operated, the boutique winery embraces a
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As a tiny Paso Robles vintner, Rio Seco offers uniquely hand-crafted wines, specializing in Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. Their unpretentious tasting room is friendly and casual.
 
Family-owned and operated, the boutique winery embraces a philosophy of semi-dry farming which brings low yields and robust fruit to the harvest. The vineyard was planted in 1997 on property overlooking the Huerhuero River on the eastside of Paso Robles. Currently the 64-acre parcel has 31 acres planted.
 
The winery is a red roofed barn with a addition that houses the gift shop and tasting room. It is set in the middle of the vineyard with a few tables and BBQ grills available for picnickers. Inside the metal structure, the white foam insulated ceilings create a cool ice-cave atmosphere. There are lots of gift items for sale from the gourmet olives (which they grow on the property) and spices to toys for the kids. There are two tasting bars that are made from giant burl wood with carved panels. A casual atmosphere is the rule of the day as the owners chat with the visitors, and pour their delicious wines.
 
The owners, Tom & Carol Hinkle, are long time county residents with Tom Hinkle being known in baseball coaching and scouting circles. One of his coaching stints was locally at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he can count Ozzie Smith and Mike Krukow among his collegiate recruiting successes. Tom has been with the Toronto Blue Jays as a professional scout since 1982, and currently serves as their western states scouting supervisor. He also signed Randy Johnson and Mark Gardiner, and was part of two World Series championship teams. (At the winery try some of his “Clubhouse White”, and “MVP Reserve”.)
 
Carol Hinkle, an athlete herself, keeps things humming at the winery and tasting room and threatens to name a bottle “Mostly Mom” for all the work she puts in.
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Winery Information

Hours: Friday to Mon 11-5:30 pm
Tasting Fees: Tasting fee $3
Tours: Tours by Appointment
Price Range: $12 to $30 per bottle
Established: 1999
Vineyards: 30 acres
Production: 2,500 cases

Amenities

  • Event Space

Ambiances

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

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah

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An exception to selling miscellaneous stuff would be foods/items grown/produced onsite. Since they grow their own olives that makes it fun. The baseball themes would also be cheesy but they pertain to the vintner so they're OK. This place is what wine tasting is all about.

The wines are reasonably priced and very good compared to others in similar price brackets. I'd grab a bottle or two of the 2003 Syrah if they still have it around.

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The staff was so friendly and conversational and the winery has such an amazing and animated history it was quite enjoyable to hear about. I enjoyed the earthy and pure flavors of the wines but really loved the service!

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Friendly, relaxing, unpretentious, great wine and great conversation; that's what a tasting experience should be all about. Tom and Carol make you feel like you are a part of the family. I love all of their wines. This winery hits a home run every time up to the plate.

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