Ever since moving to San Luis Obispo county, we've gone to about 10 different tasting rooms and we haven't even reached our 1 year milestone as residents. Wineries and San Luis Obispo county go hand in hand. If you're a wine enthusiast, you're definitely in for a treat when you visit SLO! The wine culture here is amazing.

When it comes to wine tasting, it's better than San Diego (Temecula), LA and in my opinion, San Ynez Valley too! The weather here, proximity to local things to do and the people make The Edna Valley San Luis Obispo wine tasting experience so special. 

Did you know that Edna Valley is located in San Luis Obispo, California? I mean, not just San Luis Obispo county but actually in San Luis Obispo, California and near the airport! Their central location makes it wonderfully close to downtown, the beach areas and with the best weather! And in Edna Valley, there are over 12 different wineries! You're not going to get scorching hot summer weather like Paso Robles (also in San Luis Obispo county) so if you're afraid of the heat, go to Edna Valley for some wine and cooler weather and then hang out at the beach (15 minutes from Edna Valley) afterwards. 

Today, I'm going to put the spotlight on Tolosa Winery. They don't know who I am nor paid me for my opinion so everything that I write in this post is from my experiences as a local mom who lives here. I've tried many wines and been to many wineries and oh boy, Tolosa Winery has impressed me so much. 

Just the drive to Tolosa Winery from the entry point towards the parking lot has always wowed me. You feel like you right inside the winery and not just on some side road. The vineyards engulf you as you continue towards the parking lot. Here's the video that I took (non-edited and not a boomerang-type effect) from our drive from entering the road.

I've been to this winery over a handful of times and each time, the enticement creeps up through this wonderful road for some tastings.

Each and every time we've visited Tolosa Winery, there is always a host or hostess in front of the double doors outside to greet you and take your name down. This personalize experience makes you feel like you're entering into an elite group of wine enthusiasts, whether you are a club member or not. Whomever made this a standard as the Tolosa Winery service to greet you, no matter if it's a slow weekday or a busy weekend, deserve a big star! It's impressionable. It's a no wonder that we decided to become wine club members. We know we can rely on Tolosa to deliver excellent service. 

As the host or hostess seat you or usher you into the tasting room, you'll be presented a tasting menu with a few options. The lowest tier is $25 and includes 4 different tastings. This may seem high compared to some of the other places but it's really not for the service and quality of wine you get. You'll be happy with the size of their pours. I just found out recently that in Napa Valley (about 4 hours north of San Luis Obispo), the tastings at some wineries there are $50 now! Compared to Napa Valley, the tasting cost and experience here in Edna Valley, and specifically Tolosa Winery, are truly just a better choice. There is also still a lot of pride in winemaking and delivering a good wine tasting experience here. You can just tell. 

If you have a question about a specific bottle of wine, the Tolosa Winery staff there is very knowledgeable, friendly and always eager to answer your questions and give you their thoughts. The chardonnays are refreshing and the pinot noirs are full of body and teasing to the tastebuds. You won't be disappointed. I'm normally more of a red wine girl but here at Tolosa, their chardonnays are so amazing that I'm an everything girl when I'm here!

Their cuvee is still my number one favorite among my tasting list right now. 

If you're tasting inside, don't forget to walk go outside near the patio area to enjoy the pretty vineyards view with the mountain backdrop to take a picture for memories. We've taken 3 different couples here at Tolosa Winery within the last couple of months and they've all enjoyed it and appreciated visiting us for this experience.

As part of our membership, we can go to the membership lounge to enjoy our tastings but we haven't had a chance to experience that yet because kids are not allowed to go there. We've mainly enjoyed our tastings outside at the patio, which makes sense because our kids can be rowdy. I've seen others brought their kids and set out picnics out here. However, in order to enjoy the picnic that you brought, you have to sit in their picnic area and order bottle service. I learned this from calling them and asking ahead. The bottle service requirement for picnicking is one bottle per 2 guests. We've always just done tastings here. Address of Tolosa Winery: 4910 Edna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

We haven't gone to a special Tolosa Winery event yet and our membership tier is on the low side and most of the membership events require a fee for us to attend. When we get to experience our first special event here, I'll continue this post and add that here. Cheers!

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