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“Best Winery in Paso Robles, one of the best in California.”

Villa Creek Cellars
Ranked #75 of 170 things to do in Paso Robles
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

This is hands down the best winery in Paso Robles and one of the best wineries in California. Cris Cherry learned to make wines from some of the best in the business, and their wineries are some of the best too.(Saxum, Linne Calodo, and even Garretson which sadly is no longer in business). The proves my point about wine and buildings. Villa Creek is very bare bones, yet produces some of the best wines coming out of California.
Parking area if you can call it that hold 3 maybe 4 cars. The tasting room is a board between 2 barrels. No fancy gift shop, no area for any type of events. They are there to make wine and they do an excellent job. I highly recommend visiting them.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Villa Creek Cellars is off the beaten path, and is the most unassuming tasting room you're likely to find -- inside the metal winemaking building where they make the wine and store the barrels. The "tasting bar" is little more than a plank stretched between two wine barrels. So if you're into well-appointed wine tasting rooms with expansive views over hillside vineyards -- stop right here.

But if you want to taste some of the best wines that the Paso Robles region has to offer, poured by someone who knows about wine and can really explain what you are drinking, how it was made, where the grapes came from, challenges with a particular vintage, and so on -- then I can highly recommend Villa Creek. Its location virtually ensures that you won't be lined up behind a crowd of thirsty wine-tasters. And to me, there's a certain charm about parking in a dirt parking lot, walking across the crush pad past wine-making equipment and through an industrial metal door to taste the wine that's made right there.

It's a $10 tasting fee and you get to keep the glass. Wallet warning: This is not inexpensive wine, so if you're looking to pick up a bottle of red wine for under $20, this is not the place. But if you want to taste some truly fine wine from the region, then Villa Creek Cellars will not disappoint. During our tasting, we were served a chilled white wine blended with Grenache Blanc and Roussane (Rhone varietals), a wonderful red Rhone grape blend (I think it's called Willow Creek), a Grenache that was lip-smacking good and one other red that escapes me at the moment although I'm tempted to say it was a Mourvedre. We took our time with each of the wines as the tasting room hostess (who is also basically Villa Creek's marketing director -- they're a very small operation) explained each one, talked about the vineyards where the grapes were sourced, they types of barrels used, and so on. Of the four wineries we visited during our time in the Paso Robles region, it was definitely the best experience.

I think they're only open Fridays and weekends, so if you're wine tasting mid-week, you're out of luck. And as I said earlier, they're off the beaten path, so you have to make an effort to drive there up in the hills north of Hwy 46. My understanding is that they have a restaurant in Paso Robles by the same name, not sure if they do tasting there or not.

2  Thank Loves2Travel2gether
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

Located on Peachy Canyon Road just a few miles in from the Vineyard Drive & Peachy Canyon intersection, Villa Creek Winery should be on your list if you're interested in tasting suburb Rhone wines in an informal setting. The tasting room is in the front area just off the parking lot and consists of a simple table set up among the wine barrels with a small section displaying hats, t-shirts, etc. The staff are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeble about their wines and how they are made. The wines themselves are simply wonderful and include a variety of Rhones and Rhone blends (mostly red but a few whites) that are full-bodied, tasty and not at all alcoholic or "hot". I've taken many friends to Villa Creek, friends who know a lot about wine and food and without fail all of them have come away from the visit with several bottles of wine. If you enjoy good wine and especially if you like Rhones, Villa Creek is a "must-stop" in the Paso area.

2  Thank Thomas G
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This a great stop -- the wines are poured among the wine making equipment and barrels in a shed. The tables are set on top of barrels. The wines on this trip were terrific. The whole experience was a nice complement to the built-up and finished wine tasting rooms that are also nearby. You get a real feel for how the big names in California might have started out once upon a time.

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