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Touring the Area

Dunning Vineyards is located in one of the fastest growing touring and wine producing areas in the state--Paso Robles and the Central Coast region of California.

Paso Robles, located just about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101, is also just about 30 minutes from the Pacific Coast and the world famous Heast Castle. Here you can enjoy fine dining, fine wine, beautiful countryside and glorious seashore.


Paso Robles has become a major wine producing area with dozens of wineries and a number of wine festivals during the year. With March comes the Zinfandel weekend, May heralds the Wine Festival, and October brings the Harvest Wine Affair. For festival information, visit the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.


Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst built his "home" in the Santa Lucia Mountains of San Simeon, overlooking the California coast. It is said that from the "Hearst Castle," there was no land that you could see that was not owned by Hearst. The State of California now operates the 127 acre property with the estate that contains 165 rooms, antiques and artwork, pools and gardens. Various tours are given, including an overview tour and specialized tours that focus on various parts of the property. Don't miss the amazing Hearst Castle!

In the early days of settlement of what would come to be known as California,  the Catholic church established a number missions, each approximately a day's walk from each other, up and down the state. California State Historic Landmark 326 is the 200 year old Mission San Miguel, a short drive north of Paso Robles.

For boating, fishing and picnicing, just 17 miles north of Paso Robles is Lake Nacimiento.

Another type of getaway can be found by traveling west on Highway 46 near Dunning Vineyards to the Pacific Coast. Here, on world-famous Highway 1, is the small town of Cambria, which features shops, galleries, restaurants and, of course, the beautiful Pacific Ocean. 


As wine and food are a wonderful match, so too are wine producing areas and fine dining. The growth of the area's wine industry is now atttracting attracting fine diners with gourmet restaurants in Down town Paso Robles, Templeton, San Luis Obispo and the beach towns of Cambria and Morro Bay. There are plenty of great places to eat for the whole family and every taste. Here are descriptions of some of our favorites, where you might even find our wine!  

Dunning Vineyards Estate Wines are featured (when available) in these fine restaurants:

BL Brasserie
1202 Pine Street
Paso Robles, Ca
(805) 226-8191

Chef-Owner Laurent Grangien's offers traditional brasserie style fare with a casual feel in an elegant setting, utilizing local ingredients paired perfectly with both local and French wines.

Buona Tavola
1037 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, Ca
(805) 545-8000

943 Spring St. 
Paso Robles Ca. 

Authentic Northern Italian cuisine, impeccable service in a friendly, warm atmosphere makes this the "hidden Secret" of San Luis Obispo. Open for lunch and dinner the selections of antipasti, soups and main entrees are made fresh daily. Alfresco dining is available on the outside patio terrace at the San Luis location.

McPhee's Grill
416 Main Street
Templeton, Ca
(805) 434-3204

Ian McPhee's very popular grill in Templeton serves fine selections of steaks, seafood and pastas. The open-air kitchen provides a great atmosphere along with friendly service. McPhee's also has a full service intimate bar. Located in downtown Templeton across from the granary.

Windows On The Water
699 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA.
(805) 772-0677

If you want a great view of Morro Bay this is the place! A local favorite with an extensive menu including fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta and daily chef specials. Casual elegance is the atmosphere here along with an extensive local wine list and great service.

Farmers Markets

At the local Farmers Markets you will find a great selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, olive oil, breads and unique gifts all produced by local growers and crafts people. Try to stop by one when you are in the area. Here's a nice list. 


There is no better way to enjoy the Wine Country then to stay in one of the small, intimate Bed and Breakfasts, Country Inns or Guest Cottages. This is a great way to kick back, relax, and take in the pleasures of our area.

Overlooking vineyards, our very own Dunning Vineyards Guest Villa is a beautiful way to stay.

Dunning Ranch Guest Suites
1945 Niderer Road
Paso Robles CA 93446


Some of our Tasting Room guests arrive on bikes. The "back roads" of the Adelaida Hills that lead to our winery offer some of the best cycling. You can ride for hours with minimal traffic (watch out for the deer and wild turkey) through vineyards, orchards and rural scenery. As you ride along stop and rest at a few of the Far Out Wineries. Many of them including Dunning Vineyards offers a large, shaded picnic area with beautiful views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside.

Lake Nacimiento

Water Sports and camping can be found at this wonderful lake year around. You can bring your own boat or rent from a list of boats that include ski, pontoon and jet skis.  Get more information on all this recreation area has to offer at Lake Nacimiento Resort