VIDEO: Paso Robles With Winemaker Austin Hope
When Austin Hope’s parents moved to Paso Robles in the 1970s, the area had about 10 wineries. Now more than 200 sit on some 40,000 acres in this bucolic region northwest of Santa Barbara. The 43-year-old, who raced Indy cars before taking over Hope Family Wines (hopefamilywines.com) in 1998, is now grooming his two daughters to succeed him one day. “My 13-year-old told me she’ll take over the winery, and she’ll be sure to give her little sister a job,” Hope says.
Kitchenette: This breakfast and lunch spot uses ingredients supplied by an organic farm to prepare dishes like fried brown-rice hash and egg-and-guac burritos. Entrées $6–$13.
Cerro San Luis: The hiking trails on this peak are open to the public and have panoramic views of San Luis Obispo.
Cayucos: Troves of sea glass—colorful shards of discarded bottles worn smooth by the ocean—wash up on the shoreline here, about a 25-minute drive from the inland wineries.
La Cosecha Bar & Restaurant: Hope produces whiskey on the side (aging it in Hope Family Wines barrels), which this Latin fusion restaurant uses with vermouth and bitters in a cocktail.
General Store Paso Robles: This cheerful emporium sells olive oil, honey, soap, and paper goods from local producers and small-business owners.
SummerWood Winery & Inn: Originally called the Arbor Inn, the hotel was built on vineyards in the 1980s by the Hope family. New owners took over and renamed the place years later. Now it has reclaimed-wood furnishings and made-to-order breakfast every morning. Doubles from $300.