The wineries of SLO Wine Country boast an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in prevailing marine conditions that are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California.
The reliable cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean ensures a long growing season, enabling the grapes to achieve physiological ripeness and natural balance. Cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel in the heart of SLO Wine Country, and even the warmest areas benefit from considerable marine influence.
The ocean proximity also exerts a moderating effect on the climate, minimizing temperature swings so that growing conditions are rarely hot or cold. The result is an extraordinarily steady growing season that fosters balanced ripening and consistent quality from vintage to vintage.
—SLO Wine Country website, www.slowine.com
We invite you to call or stop by the Madonna Inn Gourmet Wine and Gift Shop
for recommendations on local wineries, events and maps.
Madonna Inn hotel guests enjoy complimentary and 2 for 1 tastings.
Please ask Guest Services for tasting vouchers and maps from these participating wineries: