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Central Coast Wine Expedition
Where each sip takes you to a place like no place on earth.

Two day tour of the natural & cultural history of California’s magnificent Central Coast and the amazaing wines of its seven spectacular wine appellations. Circumnavigate Santa Lucia coastal range

Mineral spa suite at historic Paso Robles Inn Talk and taste from the barrel with winemakers Artisan Olive Oil and Cheese Tastings Many new andlibrary wines Organic gourmet meals Vineyard walks & talks with artisan winemakers Rarely seen valleys, villages, missions, mountains and ocean
Now accepting passengers for
May, June, August, September and October expeditions

Photos, left to right: J. Lohr talks about his wine; Paso Robles Templeton Gap;Teresa Burke, OrdmanWine; and, J Lohr Wine Club members enjoy a taste preview.

Experience why the critics are so excited about this amazing wine region

Where each sip takes you to a place like no place on erth.
Big Sur • Carmel Valley •

Arroyo Seco • Santa Lucia Highlands •

Paso Robles • Cambria

Narrated and Escorted

The coast of Big Sur is the western side of your circumnavigation;

“where each sip takes you
to a place like no other place on Earth”

Calcareous Vineyards and Winery on top of the great limestone mountain of Templeton Gap – where Dave makes lunch for us on Thursday
Our adventure begins on the fabled Monterey Peninsula and ends in sublimely rustic Carmel Valley. We circumnavigate the coastal Santa Lucia mountain range – where the deep canyoned sea, more than mile-high mountains, and corridors of coastal valleys combine to create the most unusual vineyards in the world.

Where wine tastes, once again, like old grapes grown in great earth.

Heller Estates Organic Vineyard in Cachagua Valley inside the folds of the Santa Lucias

Get ready to taste wine in a place like no place on Earth.

Our two-day one-night journey is through bucolic pastures and ranches to the rarefied Carmel Valley village of art and wine.

Carmel Valley backcountry
On backroads we venture into the pastoral Carmel Valley, which inspired John Steinbeck, and looks little changed since the Nobel and Pulitizer Prize winner wrote Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

Through a rolling landscape, we go, past rivers and savannahs, and ancient oaks, through rugged Arroyo Seco and on the Lucia Highlands.

We press on deeper to vertical vineyards in hidden coastal canyons of Paso Robles, oldest, biggest, most diverse California wine region.  

 A new generation of vintners began only two decades ago to realize that the rare soil, unusual climate and unique terrain added up to a wine district to rival the famed wine regions of France and Italy.

Now, with more than 180 wineries in 14 viticulture zones and countless mesoclimates, (each capable of producing a different wine) the region is one of the world’s best fine wine terroirs.

Mary Roos of Heller Estates Organic Vineyards and Winery

And Paso Robles, an ex-cow town named for oak trees, and once known for plonk, gives its good Spanish name to a 614,000-acre American Viticulture Area like no other.

“Capture this experience while you can … where owners still pour for you behind the wine tasting bar, engaging you with tales to regale and connect. Sip their wine and carry their romantic stories of hard work and great passion back to your own everyday life.”

-James Barlow
“California Dreaming: The Winery Estates of Paso Robles.”
Food & Beverage World

Santa Lucia Highlands appellation is fast becoming
legendary for its pinot noir

To Paso
(as they call it here)
we will go to gain a sense of the whole…

the next epicenter of the land of food and wine…

“This … is only the beginning of our Paso Robles AVA story.”
Thomas J. Rice, Ph.d & Tracy G. Cervellone Paso Robles, An American Terroir

Not the usual sip-and-go wine tour, our multi layer Big Sur Wine Expedition makes time in between wine tasting, fine dining, and seminars by local experts to:

• Trace the local history of the grape from Franciscan padres in 1771 to the present.

• Explain how the unusual calcareous and limestone soil, up thrust from the sea floor 30 million years ago, influences the wine in your glass today.

• See how plate tectonics crinkled the land into meso-climates to shape a region like nowhere else on earth.

• Experience the topsy-turvy 40-50-degree diurnal temperature change that gives Paso grapes that juicy boost.

• Traverse the Templeton Gap, a dip in the coastal range (where soil compares to the Rhone Valley of France) that ushers cool coastal fogs into 100-degree valleys to pump fruit full of flavor on extra long growing season.

The New American Terroir

On this heady down-to-earth wine adventure you will meet, talk and shake hands with innovative vintners who dare to blend Old World passion with New Age technology to create world-class artisan wines with lush mouth-filling flavors.

You will visit eight select artisan wineries to enjoy private, informed tastings of wines little known beyond the region, always sold in private wine clubs.

You will delight in discovering small Tuscan-like wineries that stay small on purpose to focus on creating original critically acclaimed handcrafted wines in limited release.

Your tastebuds will never forget that first taste of those fruit forward, bursting Syrahs, Cabernets, and Zinfandels.

Or delicate Pinot, crisp Chards, and Chenin Blanc.

In this realm of the senses, you will touch good dirt, inhale salty Pacific air, sweat in hot Paso heat, shiver in coastal fog, and understand why the wine of Paso Robles tastes so good in this, the new American terroir.

And each sip takes you to a place like no place on Earth.

Rick Carroll

Limestone soils nurture Paso Robles’ vineyards


Typical Central Coast Wine Expedition Itinerary


Leave Carmel 9 amGourmet croissants with locally grown fruit, greens and locally made cheeses for breakfast with sparkling Merlot mimosas en route to Carmel Valley – Nature and Culture History narrative by your guide continuous on the way

9:30 Arrive Heller Estates wine grape growing orientation – Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Meritage, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon tasting

9:50 Short walking tour of wine and art in Valley Village with tasting at Georis, Bernardus, Talbot, Parsonage, Boekenoogen, Dawn’s Dream, Joyce, Holman Ranch, Chesbro and Silventri.

10:30 Special Chardonnay that earned a Wine Spectator 96 rating and sublime Rhones from their Lucia Highlands vineyards

11:30 am Arrive Cachagua Valley Heller Estates organic vineyard for tour, barrel tasting and lunch

2 pm Hahn Estates vineyard in Lucia Highlands for terroir talk by vineyarist and tasting overlooking Salinas Valley and clear out to Pinnacles National Park

On our way to Paso we visit Mission Soledad, see a Spanish land grant adobe, and hear stories of the Indians and the Padres where California wine making began in 1771.

Further on we stop at the Rios Adobe and San Miguel Mission for a special peek into an old cultural clash.


4:30 pm arrive Paso Robles, for check in – Paso Robles Historic Inn – Settle in your Deluxe Mineral Spa Suite overlooking the gardens

6 pm Free time walkabout Paso Robles square – cheese and olive oil tasting – visit from selection of 18 wine tasting bars on the square. We meet in the bandstand/gazebo in the Plaza Park for an orientation with our recommendations for wine, cheese, olive oil tastings and three restaurants for dinner.

7 pm Dinner (independent of the tour) at Artisan, Bistro Laurent, Thomas Hill, or Villa Creek restaurant

The Rios Adobe in San Miguel



9:am Ride into Templeton Gap

Breakfast at Mt. Olive organic farm

Mt. Olive organic farm

10:30 am Barrel Tasting with the winemaker

Adelaida Vineyards and Winery

12:15 Tablas Creek Vineyards & Winery Tasting

2 pm Calcareous Winery vineyard tour and talk with vineyardist, tasting and Lunch prepared by our chef with view of the appellation

Boeknoogin tasting room, Carmel Valley


4:30 pm Grand Finale Tasting in the seaside Treebones Organic Garden


Seaside organic garden at Treebones for wood fired dessert with port

Cost for Central Coast Wine Expedition
For parties of one to eighteen
2 days – all meals except one night in Paso Robles “feee time”
including one night deluxe mineral spa lodging

May, July, August, September, and October $379
per person double occupancy

Single Suplement $95
Triple occupancy $339

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August 9 – 10

August 23 – 24

September 13 – 14

October 4 – 5

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What media and critics sayy

“There are now a half dozen or so properties producing revelations of elegance, finesse, complexity and flavor concentration … and each year the quality improves. Paso Robles remains a work in progress, but I believe the region already shows some of the most striking potential in all of California.”
Robert M. Parker Jr.
The Promise of Paso Robles” Food & Wine

In a state known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the new crop of vintners in Paso Robles are self-described ‘Rhone Rangers,’ plumbing limestone soils of the Pacific Plate with Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre vines from the southern Rhone region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.”
Tracie Cone
Paso Robles: The Best Wine Region
You May Not Know.”

Associated Press

Paso isn’t Napa yet. But that’s one of its prime virtues…
-Alan Farnham
“The Next Napa” Forbes Magazine

Paso already plays host to many well-established names like Justin, J. Lohr, and Tablas Creek. But there are also little jewels – the boutique wineries – waiting to be discovered.”
Leslie Jacobs
“Taming the Terroir of Paso Robles”
Elite Magazine

“… a topographic map reveals many parallel east-west canyons, like a child’s fingers digging in sand, running crosswise from the ocean through the hills …”
-Mary Baker
Paso Robles: A Linguistic Geography of Wine”

“Look for wines from California’s Central Coast to take their place alongside the hallowed bottlings of Napa and Sonoma valleys. No viticultural region in America has demonstrated as much progress in quality and potential for greatness as the Central Coast.”
-Robert M Parker Jr.
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Wine tasting at Thomas Hill Organic Market with Opolo Vineyard


Calcareous Wine Maker Jason Joyce talks about the rare soils and climates of Paso’s Templeton Gap


Your guide is Jack Ellwanger, founder of PelicanNetwork a popular natural and
cultural history advocacy for the Central Coast.


Olive tasting

The Nature of This Place

You will learn about the astounding biodiversity of the Santa Lucia coastal range where pre-historic condors swoop over sea otters and Carribean tapioca thrives beside redwood trees. This nature preserve is home to more than half of all native plants in California and many creatures once thought extinct.

Big Sur nature photographs by Margie Whitnah and Jack Ellwanger

Condor over Coast photograph by Daniel Bianchetta

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