The ultimate behind-the-scenes winery tour during the most spectacular time of year in the beautiful Paso Robles wine region.
Discover what makes Paso Robles Distinct and Different during this two-day, luxury winery and vineyard tour that will show you how wine is made from “berry-to-bottle.” This indulgent wine and food experience is for discerning wine lovers who want to receive the royal treatment while getting an inside look at the Paso Robles wine industry in action during the busy, harvest crush season.
This is a rare treat that will take you on exclusive tours of vineyards and wineries where you’ll meet growers and winemakers, enjoy fabulous wine country cuisine and get a “taste” of what winemaking is like.
SAMPLE ITENERARY (Subject to Change)
A Taste of Terroir – Welcome Reception at the Pomar Junction Vineyard with grower/winemaker Dana Merril. Tour the vineyard and enjoy a berry and wine tasting
Paso Wine 101 – Learn about the Paso Robles Wine Region with winemaker Becky Zelinski
Harvest 101 – Find out how premium wine grapes are harvested with viticulturist, Lowell Zelinski, Ph.D. at Stillwater Vineyard & Winery
Crush 101 – Learn how grapes become wine with Stillwater winemaker Paul Hoover
Cooking Demonstration & Lunch in the Vineyard – Featuring Chef Jacob Lovejoy at Cass Vineyard & Winery
Winemaking 101 – See large-scale winemaking in action at the Robert Hall Winery with winemaker Don Brady
Bottling 101 – Find out about wine bottling with winemaker Tom Lane at Bianchi Winery
STOMP – Stomp wine grape “just like Lucy” with a competitive twist. Prizes for winners
BREAK - Return to hotel to rest and relax before dinner
Winemaker Dinner – Tour the winery and dine in style with with a locally-inspired, seasonal four-course winemaker dinner at premium Paso Robles Winery - TBA
Brunch – Enjoy a gourmet Sunday Brunch and winery tour at Croad Vineyard & Winery
Art of Blending Wine – Blend wine with winemaker Carl Bowker at Caliza Vineyard & Winery
Grape to Glass – Tour the sustainable vineyards at Oso Libre Winery
Lunch - Lunch prepared by a local chef served al fresco at Oso Libre Winery
The Perfect Ending - Learn how traditional ports are made with winemaker Jeff Steele of Roxo Port Cellars
Perfect Pairs – Explore wine and cheese pairing with Danika Bowler, owner of Vivant Fine Cheese, featuring a special selection of Paso Robles wines
Graduation - Ceremony at First Crush Wine Workshop
An unforgettable Harvest Crush Experience that lets you Pick, Crush, Sip & Stomp while having fun and learning how wine is made! During this two-day harvest crush experience, you’ll meet growers and winemakers, and get a first-hand look at how wine grapes are harvested and crushed while taking part in the action.
The ultimate three-day Harvest Crush Encounter that lets you experience winemaking from “berry-to-bottle” in one weekend. You get to Pick, Crush, Sip, & Stomp PLUS blend and bottle wine to take home. During this wine grape crush experience you’ll never forget, you’ll tour vineyards and wineries, meet growers and winemakers, learn how wine is made, and indulge in wine and food pairings. Treat yourself to fabulous wine country cuisine, live music and more!
Friday (included in Crush Encounters I & II)
Perfect Pairs - Explore wine and cheese pairing with Danika Bowler, owner of Vivant Fine Cheese, featuring a special selection of Paso Robles wines
A Taste of Terroir – Tour the Caliza Vineyards with grower/winemaker Carl Bowker and enjoy a berry and wine tasting
Saturday Morning (included in Crush Encounters I & II)
Harvest 101 – Harvest wine grapes with viticulturist, Lowell Zelinski, Ph.D.
Crush 101 – Sort grapes and learn how grapes become wine with Silver Horse winemaker Steve Kroener
Picnic in the Vineyard – Gourmet wine country lunch prepared by local chef overlooking the picturesque Silver Horse Vineyards
STOMP – Stomp wine grapes “just like Lucy” with a competitive twist. Prizes for winners
SIESTA – Afternoon rest and relaxation & end of experience for Crush Encounter I guests
Saturday Evening (included in Crush Encounter II ONLY)
Wine 101 - Winery Tour & Barrel Sampling with winemaker Adam Lazarre, Villa San Juliette
Dining with the Stars – Dine and dance under the stars with a locally-inspired, seasonal four-course winemaker prepared by Chef Jeff Scott at Villa San Juliette
Sunday (included in Crush Encounter II ONLY)
Champagne Sunday Brunch – Enjoy a gourmet Sunday Brunch prepared by Chef Jacob Lovejoy at Cass Vineyard & Winery
Art of Blending Wine – Blend wine with winemakers Lood Katze (Cass) and Becky Zelinski
Bottle Shock – Bottle and label your own wine with First Crush winemaking team
Graduation – Ceremony at First Crush Wine Workshop
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Winery/Office: 2975 Limestone WayPaso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 434-2772 Fax (805) 434-3337