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Wine Tasting

Venture to the oldest winery in California

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    There’s nothing quite like a glass of wine to cap off a day of hiking. Fortunately, two separate wine trails lie within about an hour’s drive from both of Pinnacles’ entrances. From the east entrance, head north on Highway 25 for about 30 miles to the Tres Pinos area, where the Cienega Valley Loop travels past a half-dozen San Benito County wineries, including DeRose, the oldest winery in California, started by a French immigrant in 1855. (Side note: the winery happens to sit right along the San Andreas Fault.) The Cienega Valley’s soil is rich with limestone deposits, making ideal growing conditions for pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

    From the west entrance, explore the River Road Wine Trail of the fertile Salinas Valley. Head west on Highway 146 toward Soledad and U.S. 101, where you’ll find Hahn Estates Winery, Paraiso Vineyards, Wrath Winery and a passel of others on the River Road Wine Trail winding through the Santa Lucia Highlands. 

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