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Dover Canyon Winery

4520 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237-0101

Tasting:   Open Thursday through Sunday 11- 5pm
$3 credited with purchase
Tours:
  Informal Tours
Amenities:
  Organic Vineyard
Price Range:   $10 to $32 per bottle
Established:   1997
Vineyards:   10 acres
Production:
  2500 cases
Winery Dog:   Rebel Rose, Saint Bernard

Dover Canyon Winery Description

Up the hill and past the Walnut trees you spy the blue colored home of the winery that has “gone to the dogs”. Here you can taste hand made Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, and zesty Zinfandel.

On every label of Dover Canyon wines is a painting of the late great Saint Bernard, Blue. Back in 1992 the future Dover Canyon winemaker, Dan Panico, was surfing in the swells in Santa Cruz where he was knocked unconscious by his surfboard. Blue witnessed the wipeout, swam out in the waves and pulled his master to safety. The pooch later succumbed from the rigors of the rescue and is now immortalized with every bottle.

The tasting room has knotty pine walls and ceilings and a very simple wooden tasting bar. There are stainless steel fermentors out front and nice views of the Three Nut Vineyard in the back. Dover Canyon is one of the first wineries in the region to focus on small lots of vineyard-designated wines, often from very small and specific sites like Alto Pomar (Rhone’s) and Bella Vineyard (Westside Zinfandel).

Dan’s commitment to natural farming is rooted in his love for intense varietal character, and the spicy flavors that come from dry-farmed, head-trained vines and mountain grown fruit. He buys fruit only from vineyards that meet his criteria. Dan also has a small estate vineyard planted to Syrah, and head-trained, dry farmed Zinfandel. The soils are exceptionally stony, and very calcareous. Dover Canyon’s farming methods are low-impact and organic. The vineyard is also a certified national wildlife habitat.

Dover Canyon Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
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Dover Canyon Winery Reviews

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Once was enough
alinzey, Morro Bay
The staff was friendly and teh property was pretty, but I didn't like any of the wines we tasted. They had a dog which was sweet but I there was dog hair everywhere! Not to mention constant gnats flying around us. Once was enough.

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Great Zin!
striker13, Paso Robles
Great Zin and Rhone Blend! Small operation, lovely people.

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Yay for Organic
Swirl and Savor, Laguna Beach
Glad to see the use of organic methods. It is a small, but also a very respectable operation. I tried some of the "zesty Zinfandel" and approved. Their mascot is a Saint Bernard and they feature a picture of a Saint Bernard on their label.

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Terrific Zin
SLOgolfer, SLO
I'm not a savvy connoisseur but I have my favorites and Dover's Zin is atop the list. The tasting room has a very authentic feel and this is a place I would send friends from home to visit. Also took quite a few cases back home with me. I think it's one you must try if you are on a Paso Robles tasting trip.

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