Paso Robles AVAs

The Paso Robles American Viticulture Area is situated along California’s Central Coast. Framed by two mountain ranges, the region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights. More than 200 wineries dot the landscape, sourcing fruit from 40,000 acres of wine grapes that vary from Albariño to Zinfandel.

Over 60 different varietals are grown in the Paso Robles region. The majority being Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Syrah and other red varieties like Grenache and Mourvèdre. Paso’s exceptional climate, proximity to the Pacific Ocean, varying topography, and diversity of soils make it a great place to produce world class wines.

Paso Robles has a maritime climate becoming more continental to the east, with growing degree-day.

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REGION(S)

II, III and IV.

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8 – 30

20 – 50

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Adelaida District

Topography

Santa Lucia Range high mountain slopes grading to foothills; 900 – 2200 feet.

Soil

Shallow, bedrock residual soils and patchy colluvial hillside soils from middle member of Monterey For-mation and older rocks; largely calcareous soils.

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REGION(S)

II–III transitional

2

25

30

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Beyond Paso

Topography

Soil

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REGION(S)

2

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Creston District

Topography

Old erosional plateau at the base of the La Panza Range; alluvial terraces and fans of Huerhuero Creek; 1,000 – 2,000 feet.

Soil

Old, well developed terrace and hillside soils; mix of granitic and sedimentary rocks.

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REGION(S)

III

2

11.5

25

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Downtown / Tin City

Topography

Soil

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REGION(S)

2

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El Pomar District

Topography

High, older terraces, fans, and hills; 740 – 1,600 feet

Soil

Quaternary alluvial soils, well developed loams to clay loams, some calcare-ous, with Monterey For-mation sand- stone and silt-stone at depth in some are-as.

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REGION(S)

II

2

15

20-25

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Paso Robles Estrella District

Topography

Rolling plains of Estrella River valley and terraces; 745 – 1819 feet.

Soil

Quaternary alluvial soils of diverse ages across young-er to older terraces, deep to moderate depth, with rem-nant patches of older valley fill at highest elevations.

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REGION(S)

III

2

12.5-15.5

35-40

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Paso Robles Geneseo District

Topography

Upfaulted hills through old river terraces along Huerhuero–La Panza fault; 740 – 1,300 feet.

Soil

Old alluvial terrace and re-sidual hillside soils of mod-erate depth with cementa-tion of the gravelly Paso Robles Formation and older granites.

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REGION(S)

III-IV

2

13-14

20-25

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Paso Robles Highlands

Topography

Old Pliocene–Pleistocene erosional surface across the Simmler, Monterey and Paso Robles formations be-low the La Panza Range; 1,160 – 2,086 feet.

Soil

Deep, sometimes cemented alluvial soils; old leached alkaline soils common, with younger sandy soils along active steams.

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REGION(S)

IV

2

12

50+

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Paso Robles Willow Creek District

Topography

High elevation mountainous bedrock slopes across a more erodible member of the Monterey Formation; 960 – 1,900 feet.

Soil

Mostly bedrock (residual) soils from the middle and lower members of the Mon-terey Formation, patches of alluvial soil along streams, largely calcareous, loams to clay loams.

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REGION(S)

II

2

24-30

20

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San Juan Creek

Topography

San Juan Creek younger river valleys with alluvial ter-races and fans as a tributary to the upper Estrella River; 980 – 1,600 feet.

Soil

Well to moderately drained, deep alluvial soils, sandy loams to loams to clay loams on the highest, oldest terraces.

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REGION(S)

III-IV

2

10.4

35-40

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San Miguel District

Topography

Footslope of Santa Lucia Range, with alluvial terraces of the Salinas and Estrella rivers and small recent allu-vial fans; 580 – 1,600 feet.

Soil

Deep, alluvial sandy loams to loams to a few clay loams (some with clay pans) from the river bottoms up onto the higher terraces.

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REGION(S)

III

2

11.4

30-35

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Santa Margarita Ranch

Topography

High, steep mountain slopes of ancient Salinas River and upper reaches of incised con- temporary Salinas Riv-er along the Rinconada Fault; 900 – 1,400 feet.

Soil

Deep alluvial soils derived from many lithologies and varying in texture, with patchy residual soils on mountain slopes.

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REGION(S)

II

2

29

25

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Templeton Gap District

Topography

Santa Lucia Range mountain slopes and broad alluvial terraces; elevations 700 – 1,800 feet.

Soil

Broad alluvial terraces and fans of Paso Robles Creek and the Salinas River over bed- rock; alluvial soils of shallow to moderate depth and sandy to silty to clay loams; calcareous in places.

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REGION(S)

II

2

20

20

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York Mountain

Topography

Soil

1

REGION(S)

2

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