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Saucelito Canyon Vineyard

3080 Biddle Ranch Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-2111

Tasting:   Open 10-5 daily
$5 tasting fee
10% case discount
Price Range:   $14 to $30 per bottle
Established:   1982
Vineyards:   14 acres
  4,000 cases

Saucelito Canyon Vineyard Description

A Zinfandel vineyard was planted in the rugged terrain of the upper Arroyo Grande Valley in the late 1880s. The owners continued making wine during Prohibition, but abandoned the vineyard in the1940s; it wasn’t brought back to life until the mid-1970s, when the current owner painstakingly nursed the ancient vines back into production.

Only a few acres of that original planting survive today, but those venerated vines produce a complexity not found in most modern Zinfandel varieties. An acre of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec were planted in 1990 to add to Saucelito Canyon’s red wine offerings. The entire vineyard is dry-farmed, which results in the wine’s unsurpassed depth and character.

Saucelito Canyon’s new tasting room is on Biddle Ranch Road in Edna Valley, just off rural Highway 227. The Craftsman-style bungalow houses a quaint operation, with a tasting bar dominated by an ancient gnarled Zinfandel vine attached to the wall. Outside there are tables and chairs under umbrellas, and limited snack food is for sale along with gourmet olives.

Adjacent to the tasting room is a field of tomatoes surrounded by the enormous Paragon Vineyard. The winery makes very limited-release wines, including their Zinfandel and Cabernet, as well as Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc and a Tempranillo from Laetitia Vineyards south of Arroyo Grande.

Saucelito Canyon Vineyard Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Storefront only
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Picnic Sites
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Saucelito Canyon Vineyard Reviews

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Best visit in SLO
strat62, Plymouth
not a big operation but some great reds, we left with several bottles. would have probably picked up a few more but they won't ship to our state (IN)

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Super attentive!!
martytopp, Atlanta
We had literally 10 minutes to taste at Saucalito. They were very accommodating to our time crunch, made some informed recommendations to make sure we tasted what we wanted to taste, and were friendly the entire time. A couple groups spilled in behind us and were greeted warmly. Somehow more staff emerged prepared to handle the crush. We felt welcome and loved the wine we were able to taste!!

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Best Reds in SLO
JenniferK, Orange
Full bodied, remarkable wines. Pricey so our purchases were limited to 2 bottles. We love their wine and if $28-$40 for a bottle of wine is reasonable to you, this is the winery to visit.

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Dont miss this one
Kens, Pasadena
This is excellent boutique winery, all of the wines were good not a bad one in the lot. The staff is very personable and takes their time with the clients. They don't try to push their wine club on you, which is nice. I will definitely be back and purchase more of their Zins..

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SLO Favorite
aSLOgal, San Luis Obispo
This is the only winery I've ever considered joining as a member. Everything I tasted was great! Our pourer even brought out some stuff they keep on reserve for us to try. I liked a Tempranillo and a Zin I tried, but my favorite was a Chardonnay. Take your tasting out to one of their tables and watch other tasters play bocci ball while you enjoy the afternoon sun.

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