Paso Robles, CA 93446
Backstory: Gary Eberle grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and went to Penn State on a football scholarship. After graduating with a bachelor of science in biology, he attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where he continued his graduate work studying cellular genetics. While attending LSU, Gary developed an appreciation for wine and changed his academic path to become a winemaker. He traveled west to California to study enology at U.C. Davis where he received a degree in Enology in 1971 and then headed south to Paso Robles in 1973.
Gary launched his career as a winemaker and as the “Pioneer” of Paso Robles Wine Region by establishing Estrella River Winery & Vineyards. In the late 70’s, he decided to pursue his own project and acquired nearly 64 acres just down the road from Estrella River Winery. Shortly thereafter, Gary released his first Eberle wine, the 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon debuting the iconic boar logo, depicting the German origin of the name Eberle, meaning “small boar.”
Tasting Room: Open daily throughout the year, guests are often welcomed to the Eberle Winery Tasting Room by Gary and Marcy Eberle with their two standard poodles, Zinfandel and Roussanne. Once inside, a complimentary wine tasting awaits guests who will be introduced to an array of white and red wines. All wines are produced at the winery from Eberle Estate grapes or from fruit sourced exclusively from the Paso Robles Appellation. A wide selection of wine country gifts add to the ambiance of your tasting experience as well.
Winery & Cave Tours: Complimentary public tours of the production facility and the Eberle Caves run daily on the hour: 11am, 12, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. No Reservations required except for groups of 8 or more guests.
Private tours and VIP Tours & Tastings held in the VIP room located in the Eberle Caves can be booked in advance for a unique and memorable experience. Includes a private tasting with attendant and cheese plate paired with the wines. $35 per person - Max. 8 people.
Personal Experience: I'm generally not a big fan of wineries. They tend to be so stuffy and appear to be a congregation for pretension. No thanks. I enjoy wine as much as the next, but would like to do just that: enjoy it. I'm not interested in having to play the "game" that's associated with wineries. Anyway, this winery is not above any of that either but I'm not posting it for what's above, I'm posting it for what's below.....
Below is a CAVE. Yep! It is a man-made cave and created to store their wine, but it is rather extensive and really cool! SO, if you're already into wineries, in the area or are like me and enjoy wine & caves, stop on by! The view is beautiful too.
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