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Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

178 Suburban Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 594-1318

Tasting:   Open Thursday to Sunday 11 to 5 pm
$10 tasting fee
  Tours by Appointment
Tours always available during tasting room hours
Price Range:   $19 to $52 per bottle
Established:   1994
Vineyards:   Six acres
  4500 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars Description

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars is a premium family run winery located in the Edna Valley specializing in vineyard designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Winemaker and owner Stephen Dooley has become one of the most respected vintners in the region crafting exceptional wines from some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region.

In 2001 he developed an estate vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in partnership with Talley Vineyards called Stone Corral Vineyard located in the Edna Valley. Home to several well-known vineyards, the Edna Valley exemplifies the characteristic microclimate and geologic features, which are the hallmark of the south central coast; an east-west valley, which mitigates its temperate climate with cooling, ocean-borne breezes. This provides a long growing season ideal for the development of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah grapes.

Dooley is currently producing wines from grapes grown at prestigious vineyards such as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Oliver’s Vineyard, Dante Dusi Vineyard, Wolff Vineyard and Thomann Station in addition to the estate Stone Corral Vineyard. Pinot Noir is also being sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. He also prodces Pinot Gris and Albarino.

The tasting room and winery is just a few miles from the vineyards of Edna Valley and located in the southern end of town in a mostly commercial area. Once inside the attractive tasting room the wines speak volumes for the commitment Steve has made to creating memorable wines.

The tasting room has an up to date modern look with a roomy tasting bar and small stand up tables made from oak barrels. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to provide details of the wine making process and philosophy of the winemaker.

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Family Run
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Pinot Noir
Petite Sirah
Pinot Grigio
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Art Gallery
"Green" Technology
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Great Wine!, San Luis Obispo
While a little off the beaten Edna Valley path, but not by far, Stephen Ross is a must-visit winery. All the wines we tasted rocked. The tasting room staff was experienced, articulate and friendly. Do it.

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Fantastic Pinot
Rocko, Los Angeles
The Pinot Noir here rocks! This is a new tasting room but the winery has been around. The owner has figured out how to make the local Pinot fruit into something special. The wines are big, but well balanced with rich cherry and earthy flavors. The staff knows the wines and the place is not far from downtown.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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