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The Influence of Paso Robles Terrain on Wine Production

Most Paso Robles vineyards are grown in rolling hills that range from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. Soils are primarily sedimentary, and are a mixture of loam, clay, compressed silt, and stones from eroding bedrocks. Ted varietals dominate plantings in the AVA. These grapes include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Grenache.

Also called, “North County,” the southwest entry to region is at the top of La Cuesta Grade. The City of San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley are at the bottom. La Cuesta Grade not only changes the terrain and climate, but also the culture. San Luis Obispo is a gentrified, college town, while Paso Robles is rural, cowboy town.

The Coastal Mountain Range and the Santa Lucia Mountains meet in the southern part of Paso Robles. This blocks warm air from escaping and is partly responsible for the region’s heat.

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