SLO Coast Wine

Chardonnay Trail on the SLO Coast

May 2024 – see websites for availability of wine

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape in America! One reason: it’s extremely versatile, and can be grown in the vineyard and made in the winery to represent many different styles. In our coastal wine region of San Luis Obispo, you’ll find a large range of cool-climate styles from these 16 wineries that specialize in Chardonnay.

1. Baileyana Winery

Named for the Acacia Baileyana tree abundant throughout the Central Coast, Baileyana was founded over 35 years ago and is one of the original shapers of Edna Valley winemaking. Situated in California’s coolest growing region, nearest the Pacific Ocean, Baileyana exudes a graceful yet vivid elegance. Our array of distinctly exceptional wines – highlighted by cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – are the epitome of the excellence, charm and potential of Edna Valley. This stunning region remains a breathtaking getaway, hidden in plain sight.

Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth Wines in SLO Coast Wine country

Located in the heart of the Edna Valley, our tasting room, housed in the historic Independence Schoolhouse, offers guests an off-the-beaten-path experience with picturesque views of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

  • 2021 Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay
  • 2021 Baileyana La Pristina Chardonnay
  • 2022 Baileyana El Gordo Chardonnay
  • 2021 & 2022 Baileyana Edna Valley Chardonnay
  • 2020 Baileyana Musqué Chardonnay
  • 2021 Baileyana S-BAR Chardonnay
  • 2020 & 2021 True Myth Chardonnay


2. Biddle Ranch

Biddle Ranch in SLO Coast Wine country

Small batch wines, handcrafted in the heart of the Edna Valley, Biddle Ranch is a Labor of Love. Rolling hills, Chardonnay grapes growing on the vine, and sweeping views of the Santa Lucia range. From this bountiful land we call home, comes the wine we love to drink. Biddle Ranch is a celebration of belonging to land where doing what fills the soul and lifts the spirit comes naturally.

  • 2021 Chardonnay – this is our only variety grown here on the estate


3. Center of Effort

The powerful forces of skillful cultivation, artistic winemaking and a passion for unparalleled excellence are blended together to capture what Center of Effort refers to as the “magic” in the bottle, focusing solely on estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Center of Effort estate is blessed with a remarkable growing environment for classic Burgundian varietals.

Center of Effort in Edna Valley

There is nothing expedient in the winemaking approach. They embrace the detailed, labor-intensive methods that are required to produce the finest wines. Even then, only a handful of elite lots from each vintage are ultimately deemed worthy for designation under the ‘Center of Effort’ label.

  • 2009, 2012, 2014 Chardonnay, COE
  • 2016 & 2022 Giallo Solare, Chardonnay


4. Chamisal

Chamisal is devoted to understanding this magical piece of ground and applying the knowledge and experience of several decades to produce quintessential Central Coast Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs using sustainable practices. The vineyard is located in a tranquil setting just 10 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo in the beautiful Edna Valley.

Chamisal Winery on the SLO Coast

Chamisal specializes in sustainably produced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Central Coast vineyards located between Monterey and Santa Barbara. The wines are known for their intense flavor, mouthwatering texture, and impeccable balance.

  • 2019 Chamise Chardonnay
  • 2021 Califa Chardonnay
  • 2022 SLO Coast Chardonnay
  • 2022 San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay


5. Claiborne & Churchill

Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family owned and operated winery, founded in 1983 and located in the heart of the Edna Valley, just outside San Luis Obispo, California. Inspired by the wines of Alsace, they specialize in premium dry wines made from Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes, as well as handcrafted Pinot Noirs and Syrahs from several vineyards here in the Edna Valley.

Claiborne & Churchill Vineyards in Edna Valley

They also produce small lots of other wines, including a Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Dry Rosé, and a Port-style wine.

  • 2021 Chardonnay, Greengate Ranch & Vineyard


6. Couch Family Wines

Couch Family Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery initially planted in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is a tribute to their Italian heritage. They produce wines from our estate fruit as well as sourced from Arroyo Grande Valley, and they planted Italian varieties on the backside of Madonna Mountain in SLO.

2019 & 2020 Woz Chardonnay, a special tribute to personal computer pioneer and friend, Steve Wozniak


7. Derby Wine Estates

Derby Wine Estates is a boutique, family-owned winery with three Estate vineyards across the Central Coast and a Tasting Room & production facility on the outskirts of downtown Paso Robles. We have a passion for good wine and good company, and strive to share both with everyone who walks through our door. Their 2020 Chardonnay is from the Derbyshire vineyard in the SLO Coast.

  • 2020 Chardonnay, Bright and crisp with a refreshing aroma of lemon zest and crème Brulé and flavors of bright citrus and honey.


8. Kynsi

Kynsi Winery on the SLO Coast

Kynsi Winery is a family run operation focused on producing distinguished wines in limited production. Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah and unique red blends are carefully sourced from highly regarded cool climate vineyards along with Pinot Noir from their Estate Stone Corral Vineyard in the Edna Valley. Owner/winemakers Don and Gwen Othman have been immersed in the Central Coast wine industry founding Kynsi Winery in 1995.

  • 2021 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard


9. Niner Wine Estates

Family Owned and Estate Grown – Niner is 100% estate grown and the integration of farming and winemaking is the foundation for everything we do. We currently farm a total of 240 acres across three different vineyards in Paso Robles and Edna Valley and make all of our wine in our LEED Certified Winery at Heart Hill Vineyard. We are known for our estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as our flagship blend Fog Catcher; however, we grow a wide range of varietals.

Niner Wines at Harvest on the Coast - Sunday Winery Open House

  • 2021 Reserve Chardonnay, Jespersen Ranch



10. Sinor-LaVallee

Sinor-LaVallee was founded in 1997 by Mike Sinor and Cheri LaVallee-Sinor. Our wines are all from our Estate vineyard in Avila Beach with an Ocean View. There we have 8 clones of Pinot Noir along with Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Albariño.

Sinor-LaVallee Winery in Avila Beach

Our journey began almost 23 years ago, when we met at college in San Luis Obispo and started working at local wineries. The wine bug bit us hard, and the Pinot Noir bug bit us even harder. We worked one harvest after another, consuming the craft of winemaking, and studying the art of Pinot Noir. We got married in Burgundy. We had two beautiful children. Experience led to opportunity, and opportunity led to more experience, and both led to fanaticism. And from fanaticism our little winery was born.

The SLO Estate wines come exclusively from Bassi Vineyard—these are limited-production estate bottlings that speak vividly of a single vineyard.

The White Label is reserved for ultra-limited wines that exhibit a leaner expression of Bassi Vineyard. We select clones, blocks, yeasts and barrels that cultivate structure, yielding wines with lower alcohol and higher acidity. These wines are all about litheness and clean site expression.

  • Chardonnay Estate
  • Chardonnay White Label


11. Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars was founded on the principle of working with quality vineyards and hand-crafting the best wines possible from the grapes they yield. The winery started small, grew as financial resources allowed, and we stuck to our principles in winemaking and business–great, small production wines, solid business practices, and a nice, engaging place to work for our crew.

Stephen Ross Wines at Harvest on the Coast - Sunday Winery Open House


We planted our estate vineyard, Stone Corral Vineyard, entirely to pinot noir in 2001 in partnership with two other wineries in the area. In addition to our estate vineyard, we have continued to contract grapes from some of the best vineyards on the Central Coast.

Our wines reflect our commitment to consistently produce elegant, mind-blowing wines that demonstrate both terroir and Stephen’s winemaking skill from ultra-high premium grapes, estate and contracted. Small production for over 20 years, Stephen Ross wines have won acclaim throughout the industry. We offer five Pinot Noirs at the moment.

  • 2022 Chardonnay, Bee Sweet Vineyard
  • 2022 Chardonnay, Edna Valley


12. Stolo

Located at the southern gateway to Big Sur in Cambria, California, Stolo Vineyards and Tasting Room is tucked into an unspoiled corner of California’s Central Coast. Planted by the renowned John Alban in 1998, Stolo Vineyards Hillside Reserve Vineyard expresses a sense of place unique to Northern Coastal San Luis Obispo County.

  • 2021 Hillside Reserve Chardonnay


13. Talley Vineyards

Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. The Talley’s farming history in the area dates to 1948 when Oliver Talley began growing vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley.

Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande Valley

Guided by this legacy and a commitment to long term sustainability, Talley Vineyards focuses on attention to detail in all aspects of farming and winemaking operations. The goal is to produce distinctive wines of consistently high quality that best express the unique character of each of the Talley family’s six vineyard sites in the two valleys.

  • 2022 Estate Chardonnay
  • 2022 Rosemary’s Chardonnay
  • 2021 Rincon Chardonnay
  • 2022 Oliver’s Chardonnay


14. Timbre Winery

Timbre (pronounced TAM·ber or TIM·ber) is the “color” of music. It is what makes two voices sound different, even when singing the same song. It is why two winemakers, working with the same vineyards, make unique wine. As a terroir-driven winery, we make wines expressive of the places and times from which they came. As winemakers, we channel those sites through our experience, adding our own mark- our TIMBRE- to the resulting wines.

Timbre Winery Pinot Noir on the SLO Coast

Founded by Joshua Klapper and Alex Katz, Timbre Winery is the culmination of years of hard work, and dedication to our craft. It is winemaking expressed through the universal language of musical sound.”

  • 2021 Understudy Chardonnay, Jesperson Vineyard
  • 2021 Lead Vocals Chardonnay, Zotovitch Vineyard- Sta. Rita Hills
  • 2022 Opening Act Chardonnay, Dufloc, Oasis & Gold Coast Vineyards


15. Tolosa Winery

At Tolosa Winery, we are true believers in the special terroir that is Edna Valley, nestled amongst the northwest to southeast running volcanic hills of San Luis Obispo County and the frontier for the most complex cool-climate varietals in California.

Our Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays reflect the cold northwest wind that sweeps down the coast and funnels into the valley, as well as the remarkable diversity of soil types: ingredients for nuanced and balanced wines of distinctive character.

  • 1772 Chardonnay 2021
  • Bien Nacido Vineyard 2022
  • Poletti – Edna Ranch 2022


16. Wolff Vineyards

Wolff Vineyards is located on 125 acres of ecologically friendly and certified sustainable vineyard. The 125 acres vineyard is situated 4 miles from the ocean with sweeping views of the Edna Valley. The Estate produced Chardonnay is made with 45 year old vines and is the oldest producing Chardonnay vineyard in the Edna Valley! The deep root system accentuates a forward nose of tropical fruit and a rich mid-palate with smooth buttery undertones.

  • 2022 Chardonnay