When most visitors ask locals about San Simeon, it’s usually regarding Hearst Castle, elephant seals or beaches. Many are surprised to discover some of California’s best wineries are in and around this gorgeous coastal stretch.

Hearst Ranch Winery

At Hearst Ranch Winery, located in San Simeon, oenophiles of all stripes can taste and learn about their award winning wines, such as Chardonnay, Rosé, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

In addition to tastings and tours, Hearst Ranch’s Sebastian Restaurant has an ocean-view deck – a locals favorite. You can taste through the wine and indulge in one of the best burgers in the state, made from beef sourced from nearby Hearst Ranch.

Hearst Ranch Winery is never short on events, from parties to yoga classes and their signature Wine to Water Kayak Tour, both or which end with wine tastings.

But, there’s so much more to uncork.

San Luis Obispo County

Within a short drive, wine lovers can explore more than 200 wineries and incredibly diverse ‘wine trails’ in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Both regions known for Rhone and Bordeaux blends, and heritage, single-vineyard Zinfandel, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These family owned and operated wineries offer an intimate tasting experience. Additionally, you can often meet and chat with the winemaker.

Cambria

One of several trails offering ocean views is the Pacific Coast Wine Trail. It begins in Cambria just 15 minutes south of San Simeon. Wineries to check out on the trail include, Moonstone Cellars, Stolo Family Vineyards, Twin Coyotes Winery and Black Hand Cellars.

In nearby Harmony, you’ll find Harmony Cellars, a lovely spot for wine tasting, with creative events such as cupcake and wine pairing classes.

Cayucos

In the surfing town of Cayucos, sits Cayucos Cellars, where you’re often greeted by the winemaker, Stewart.

 

Throughout the year, there are several wine festivals throughout the San Simeon region, and include: Harvest Wine Weekend (October), Harvest on the Coast Festival (November), Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend (March), and the Paso Robles Wine Festival (May). Learn more about winery events close to San Simeon here and here. Cheers!