On the San Luis Obispo coast, wine is just the beginning. With our year-round mild temperatures and long, warm summers, a myriad of outdoor activities and ways to unwind is waiting, especially on the Avila Beach Wine Trail. With its own uniquely sunny and warm micro-climate, Avila Beach is a breath of fresh salt air, with amenity-laden hotels, charming oceanfront restaurants, magnificent local wines, and shopping and activities for all to enjoy. Head to the beach to relax, hike or kayak, bike the Bob Jones Trail, play a round of golf or relax in natural hot springs before tasting our coastal wines…all with the small-town charm of Avila Beach!
Hit the Beach
photo by Visit Avila Beach
Sheltered in San Luis Obispo Bay, Avila Beach has calmer waters and warmer air than other towns on the Central Coast, which makes it one of the best places to hit the sand. About a half-mile long, the beach has soft sand, gentle waves and even some tidepools. Spend the day swimming, walking and enjoying the sun, or rent a kayak or paddleboard, on your own or with a tour.
Sip at Sinor-LaVallee
Get in the ocean, and then taste the ocean and the wines at Sinor-LaVallee, where they offer shuck-it-yourself oysters along with your tasting. They’ve got great wines to go with them, and plenty of tools and advice if you’re not used to shucking. Some oyster-favorite wines are the Chardonnay, Albariño, and Vin Gris Rosé. Make sure to pre-order your local oysters ahead of time (sourced from Morro Bay Oyster Co.) and get your shucking hand ready; you’ll be shucking them yourself. But don’t worry; if you don’t have your own shucking gear, you can buy it from the winery. It’s not hard, but you may want to watch a video or two before arriving.
At Sinor-LaVallee, they specialize in wines grown 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean at their estate Bassi Vineyard near Avila Beach. The wines naturally reflect their pronounced coastal terroir, as well as the impassioned viticultural handwork that they bring to our vines and soils. The effect of these elements is highly local and personal—the hallmarks of Sinor-LaVallee.
photo by Liz Dodder, CaliCoastWineCountry.com
Sinor-LaVallee was founded in 1997 by Mike Sinor and Cheri LaVallee-Sinor. After years of grinding away at winemaking and grape growing, Mike Sinor ultimately became one of the Central Coast’s most decorated winemakers. Starting with the 2013 vintage, all wines are from the Estate vineyard in Avila Beach with an Ocean View. Planted there are 8 clones of Pinot Noir along with Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Albariño.
Get on a Bike
photo by The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County
The Bob Jones Trail is a well-paved bike and walking trail starting just off Highway 101 on Ontario Road and ending in downtown Avila Beach (about 3 miles). The trail is great for all levels of hiking and biking. It makes for an enjoyable, smooth and (mostly) flat ride through valleys of shade trees, a flowing creek and rolling hills, with trail benches sprinkled throughout. Depending on the time of year, you might just catch the sounds of frogs and flowing water. The end of the trail goes next to the golf course and opens onto the downtown Avila with a view of the Pacific Ocean.
Wine Tasting at Peloton Cellars
photo by Liz Dodder, CaliCoastWineCountry.com
Peloton Cellars is the creation of four longtime friends with the mission of creating quality wines that are a pleasure to drink any night of the week and enjoy with any meal. Winemaker Bill Kesselring believes that a good wine is made from the ground up, so each varietal is meticulously crafted from bud break to the barrel.
The name Peloton (pronounced “pell-O-tawn”) is a French word meaning “group,” but more specifically refers to the dynamic, main pack of riders in a cycling race. At Peloton, they feel the wines embody the color and spirit of cycling. Whether it’s a long road ride to the coast or a fun, beach cruiser stroll through town, their love for good wine rivals their passion for riding bikes.
Owner Trish Kesselring describes the tasting room experience as, “a vacation-like feel with the beach just 100 yards away. On our patio you can experience a wine tasting flight or enjoy a nice glass of wine while you watch waves crash, feel coastal breezes and hear seagulls fly overhead.” Kesselring encourages visitors to curate their own wine flight to their liking. With full bodied reds and aromatic white wines, there’s something for everyone.
For Trish, her favorite aspect about hosting tasters is, “Watching how they interact with our wine. Seeing the joy on their face when they take their first sip never gets old. It often leads to enjoyable conversations about our winemaking style and why we love to make wine from this region.” The Peloton experience is sure to be a wonderful place to land in the picturesque Avila Beach.
Play & Relax with Golf or Spa
photo by Avila Beach Golf Resort
Nestled in the surrounding hills and on the bay, the Avila Beach Golf Resort includes a par 71, 6,500-yard championship course. The front nine is situated within oak-lined valleys, and the back nine transverses a tidal estuary. It’s a beautiful, scenic course surrounded by nature and ocean air; golfers of all abilities will enjoy the challenge of this course.
photo by Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
The naturally heated mineral spring water at Sycamore Mineral Springs is sourced from over 100 acres of natural, underground resources. When you slip into one of their hot tubs or the remarkable Waterfall Lagoon, you immediately feel the water’s soothing features. They have 23 open-air naturally heated mineral spring hot tubs on their peaceful tree-canopied hillside, private waterfall lagoon of jade green mineral water and a full-service spa and hotel with restaurant on-site. The hotel’s restaurant, Gardens of Avila, offers fresh food selections, delectable entrees, and a local wine list. After dinner, why not splurge and cap off your day in one of the resort’s many mineral springs? You deserve it!
Wine Tasting at Maidenstoen
There’s also a private spot to wine-taste with the winemaker at Maidenstoen Wine Corp. Visit and taste wines at the Maidenstoen property in a private setting in Avila Beach with light snacks and full lineup of current releases. Make reservations here.
Don’t miss the fun and wine tasting year-round along the Avila Beach Wine Trail! From January 7 – February 10, 2022, guests who stay in Avila Beach will gain VIP access at select SLO Coast wineries during their stay. Book your stay on the Avila Beach website, and plan your itinerary!