Best of Tin City – Paso Robles
December 1, 2021
Paso Robles has long been known as one of the premier places to visit if you’re into wine, but not everyone in the younger generation of drinkers is sold on wine tours and the “wine country”, and that’s where Tin City sets itself apart.
Tin City, located just south of downtown Paso Robles, is wine country in an urban environment, focused on bringing a new, more youthful, vibe to the city of Paso Robles. When people think of wine country or heading to Paso Robles for wine tasting, they normally think of rolling hills and beautiful views, complemented by an incredible glass of wine cultivated by some of the best winemakers in the country. Tin City offers a different experience.
Tin City is a localized area full of wineries, cideries, breweries, distilleries, olive oil, and food all within walking distance. Built in an industrial area between Templeton and Paso Robles, Tin City maintains that industrial feel while bringing a sense of community to the area.
The beauty of winemaking in Tin City is that the action is happening right there in front of you and often, dare we say, in the way! From the truck that pulls in with fruit ready to be sorted, driveways are full of forklifts getting right to work. Crush pads that double as outdoor tasting venues are full of shiny stainless steel turned sticky from the incoming fruit. Some brands share driveways, so in order to get things moving quickly, it becomes a community effort in moving equipment so the next truck can come through. It’s a sight to behold, only in Tin City.
Everything within the Tin City limits is locally sourced and produced with the quality that Paso Robles is known for. Spend a day walking amongst the many local businesses while enjoying incredible wine, delicious craft beer, and spirits, as well as food and live music. If you’re coming to Paso Robles, you won’t want to miss out on visiting Tin City & Neighbors.
Places You Won’t Want to Miss in Tin City
Tin City is full of incredible people and businesses, but it’s hard to visit everywhere in a single day. Here are some of our favorite places in Tin City that you won’t want to miss!
The best part of Tin City is the diversity it brings into one place. Inside the first pocket is the perfect example of that. You can’t miss the bold exterior that clearly states, “Drink Field Recordings. Wine – This Way ”. Enter at the winery and climb the stairs to the ultra-cool tasting room, think high school gym meets an urban wine bar. Complete with old-school lockers that house their variety of wines, bright blue walls, and a large tasting balcony where you can see views of the surrounding Tin City and vineyard-covered hills of Paso Robles. Winemaker / owner / key player of the Tin City development, Andrew Jones is an innovator that is always pushing the envelope and leading the charge. Andrew works with vineyards up and down the central coast, sites that are obscure or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. He strives for unique wines loaded with personality and a one-of-a-kind tasting experience. The Field Recordings. catalog of wines are all about fresh flavor with no pretension. You can also visit his other projects; Tin City Cider Co. and The Fableist located in the El Pomar District. Just behind Field Recordings. you’ll find Turtle Rock Vineyard’s tasting room. Home to critically acclaimed, high scoring wines, Turtle Rock recently received their first 100-point wine which is the first in Tin City! This family-owned boutique winery only produces about 1,500 cases per year. Owner / winemaker Don Burns winemaking philosophy is simple, you can’t make great wine without great fruit. Turtle Rock sources fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the Templeton Gap and Willow Creek districts. The Turtle Rock wines reflect the wonderful places the grapes are grown, as well as the people who nature them. Pro Tip * Hidden in between Field Recordings. and Turtle Rock is Paso’s first Michelin Star Restaurant – Six Test Kitchen. We dare you to get a reservation!
Desparada and Aaron are within feet of each other and give visitors two completely different experiences. Step into the eclectic space of Desparada Wines where you can sip on Vailia From’s innovative wines from unfiltered Sauvignon Blancs to Bordeaux and Italian varietal-based red blends, produced within and around several clay Amphorae. Make an appointment for the Desparada patio, a raised wooden deck where you can taste these truly special wines all while watching the action of Tin City. Walk across the way to Aaron to taste big, bold Petite Sirahs, and Rhône blends sourced from westside Paso like the famed Paper Street Vineyard. Notably, Aaron Jackson also creates nervy and aromatic whites and Pinot Noir from cool climate and coastal vineyards. Choose from tasting in the lounge or the new elevated and educational seated tasting in his Ohana Room. Pro Tip * Be careful of roaming forks lifts! Tin City is a collaborative winemaking collective.
Walk over the wooden bridge to Tin City Cider Co. and Sans Liege. Wide-ranging handcrafted ciders and fun flow freely at Tin City Cider. Hang out inside the working cidery or post up on the large patio, complete with shade and outdoor games. Pick and choose your own cider flight, glass, or pitcher. Tin City Cider is a collaboration between the winemakers of San Liege and Field Recordings, which can also conveniently be found next door and down the street. Sans Liege, or “without allegiance”, is known for its focus on Rhône varietals especially Grenache. Winemaker Curt Schalchlin favors varietal character over notoriety in his vineyard selections and which shows in these highly acclaimed wines. Pro Tip * You can almost always find live music playing and a food truck parked on the weekends in the common area. Mid-week check out the fun trivia series in the cider house. Do not leave without stopping into Negranti Creamery, a local sheep’s milk scoop shop.
Continue down the street on Limestone Way to BENOM. Delve into wines brought to you by two brothers who came to America from Bordeaux to focus on what Bordeaux is best known for, Cabernet Sauvignon. Arnaud and Guillaume Fabre chose Paso Robles because of the unique and diverse terrior and varietals. Sourcing the best quality fruit from well-respected vineyards, Arnaud and Guillaume create elegant wines that express their French heritage and the character of Paso. Next door you’ll find the highly sought after and much talked about Nicora. Led by owner / winemaker Nick Elliot, Nicora specializes in small production, gently crafted Rhône wines. Working with some of the most special vineyards on the central coast that are committed to sustainable farming with a passion for the utmost quality. Nick and his all-star team provide true hospitality with a fantastic tasting experience that will leave you asking to join the wine club. Pro Tip * Be sure to make these appointments in advance, trust us, you’ll see why BENOM and Nicora receive such high accolades!
At the end of the street, alongside the train tracks, in the cul-de-sac is where you’ll find ONX, Hubba, and End Of The Day. The newest kid on the block is Hubba Wines. Riley Hubbard produces diverse wines that showcase charisma and intention. She is mindful of every step of the winemaking process from only choosing grapes from sustainable vineyards to minimal intervention in the cellar. Hubba wines are an homage to those people in Riley’s life that inspire her. Tucked in the back corner is the whimsical tasting space complete with a killer outdoor stage that hosts up-and-coming musicians. End Of The Day, EOTD, are wines that were born from the desire of winemaker, Carl Bowker of Caliza Wines, to deliver great wines that can be enjoyed daily which are tasty and well-priced. EOTD wines are crafted to be stylish and approachable for everyday drinking that also live up to the expectations of a true wine lover. Enjoy wines such as Albariño, rosé, red cuvées, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Anchoring the Limestone Way cul-de-sac is the rule-breaking, serious yet unscripted ONX Wines. With a focus on farming the two estate vineyards both planted with numerous varietals, and playing with creative, well-balanced blends, is why ONX expresses the trailblazing spirit that makes Paso so unique. The wines have bold personalities that express the land. Visit the bustling Tin City tasting room where you will experience first-class generosity and outstanding wines with some of the most artistic and thoughtful wine labels around. Pro Tip * Tin City is the perfect backdrop for Insta-worthy pics! Snap a selfie or group photo of your favorite wineries emblem that adorns the corrugated winery exteriors. Don’t forget to tag @pasowine and @tincity.pasorobles.
To round out your trip around Tin City, make an appointment at Giornata to experience Italian-varietal wines. These wines are a real treat, made to express the character of the grape variety, terrior, and vintage using traditional old-world winemaking techniques. Owner / winemaker Stephy Terrizzi will guide this special wine tasting and share her story of how her brand was born. Pro Tip * If you are lucky enough to get the chance to taste the Fatto a Mano wines made in clay amphora, do not pass it up!
Before heading over to the Tin City Annex, grab supplies and bites from Etto Pastificio. California’s original pasta shop uses American ingredients to create the BEST fresh and dried pasta. You can also stock up on local ingredients, Italian pantry staples, and wine. Pro Tip *Grab some pasta to take home and head over to Olivas de Oro Olive Company to grab a bottle of incredible, locally grown, and produced olive oil to pair with it.
Neighbors You Won’t Want to Miss
Tin City has continued to grow throughout the years and has recently spread to what is known as the Tin City Annex. Groups of wineries, a brewery, and a distillery cluster along Ramada Drive and Cow Meadow Place. Christian Tiete’s Anarchy Wine Co. was one of the first wineries on this side of Tin City. If you couldn’t tell by their name, they are known for breaking the rules by producing amazing one-of-a-kind blends with incredibly artistic labels all in a one-of-a-kind edgy space. Next door at sister brands Cordant | Nelle, explore premium wines crafted by Tyler Russell and David Taylor. While the Nelle label focuses on blended Rhône-style wines, Cordant spotlights Pinot Noir and cooler climate Rhône grapes. The mid-century modern tasting room and winery also feature prominent rotating artists that are as unique as Cordant | Nelle. Pro Tip * For those who are passionate about wine, art, and vinyl records – these guys are a must-visit!
Meander across the lot, that is most often filled wine winemaking equipment, to Anglim Winery, Seven Oxen, and Calwise Spirits. Visit boutique, family-owned Anglim that specializes in vineyard-designate Rhône wines. The limited case production allows for Steve and Stephanie Anglim to handcraft balanced small-lot wines that critics rave about year after year. Bastein Leduc, is the winemaker and vineyard manager for Seven Oxen Estate Wines, which is a 130-acre estate in the rolling west hills of Paso Robles. His passion for all aspects of the winemaking process partnered with sustainably farmed fruit quality makes for luxurious and expressive wines. Between Anglim and Seven Oxen is the uber-hip Calwise Spirits Co. Small batch liquor runs deep in the Bergh family roots as owner / distiller Aaron’s great-grandfather made moonshine during prohibition. A perfectionist and lover of nature, Aaron takes inspiration from the central coast that translates into pleasing flavors. See the inner workings of the distillery, enjoy the classic and seasonal spirits, explore the fresh artisanal cocktails, and join the spirits club. Pro Tip * Grab a pre-made cocktail that you can enjoy later in the comfort of your own home or hotel space!
Around the corner is the newest addition to Tin City where three wineries, all with their own personality, create unparalleled blends. MCV was established in Paso Robles in 2011 and has since focused on blends primarily using Petite Sirah. This wonderfully dark and rich grape is a favorite of proprietor Matt Villard because of its smooth and powerful age-ability. Taste Matt’s expressive wines while watching the grape-to-bottle process first-hand. MCV also has one of the best weekly event calendars happening in wine country. Visit their website for the fun and ever-changing line-up. With a tasting space downtown in the historic Municipal Bath House, Cloak & Dagger Wines recently opened a second tasting room and working winery in the Tin City Annex. The limited production wines, created by Ray Schofield, are extraordinary! All with a conspiracy theory theme with unique labels and names like Freemasons, Illuminati, Skull, and Bones Society, the Trilateral Commission, the Deep State, and even Area 51. Rounding out the Tin City development and making a big splash in the wine scene is Emercy Wines. A shared vision brought to you by Orion Stang of Dilécta Wines and Richard Crockett of Ladrón Cellars in Colorado. Emercy combines winemaking and art to produce amazing blends from highly sought-after vineyards. Their devotion to a sense of a place with minimal intervention used in the winemaking process makes for striking wines that are balanced, robust, with true character. After tasting these wines, you’ll understand why aficionados are raving about Emercy. Pro Tip * Keep an eye out for new additions to the Tin City Annex, it is a hot spot in Paso Robles wine country!
This once light industrial area of Paso Robles has transformed itself to be a microcosm of Paso Robles wine county. The diversity of brands, wines, craft products, and personalities is emblematic of the whole region. Fit into a few blocks and driveways that are within walking distance or a short enough drive that doesn’t even let you finish a song on the radio. Tin City and its neighbors are something not to miss while visiting Paso Robles wine country. Looks like you are going to have to fit in another day on your next visit!