Wine country anywhere in the world is beautiful and Edna Valley is no exception. This Appellation is located just outside of San Luis Opispo and the vineyards produce an number of blends , Syrah , Pinot Noir , even Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Dry Gewurztraminer. We made stops at many of the vineyards along the way. Claiborne & Churchill Vineyard is small but produces great wines. We tasted their whole line and spent some time speaking with their winemaker Coby at the World of Pinot Noir event. They produce Alsatian style Gewurztraminer , Riesling , and Pinot Gris. Their Pinot Noir is excellent as well.
Further down the trail we came across Baileyana Vineyards who makes an outstanding Syrah Firepeak Vineyard 2003 . It was so good we had to take one home as well as their Tagent Ecclestone 2006. This is a wonderful blend of Pinot Gris, Vognier, Resling , Pinot Blanc , Orange Muscat and Albarino. We enjoyed this in the tasting room and feel it would be a great summer wine.
When we first traveled to this region we asked a few winemaker freinds where we should stop. They all recommended Domaine Alfred Vineyards. Owner Terry Speizer has done a great job with this vineyard and produces award wining Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Their Pinot Noir from Chamisal Vineyard Estate Bottled 2006 caught our attention.
There are so many more to mention but that just means Vino Las Vegas will have to return to continue our exploration of Edna Valley. We will return and plan on making this visit available to our readers to join us.