101 Wine Tours
Whether you are a local to the area or have arrived to San Luis Obispo county for your destination wedding, 101 Wine Tours has you covered. 101 Wine tours pride themselves on creating custom experiences allowing you to help curate your own tour or go with their recommendations. They go the extra mile to make sure your time with them is comfortable, memorable, and of course fun! From their preferences questionnaire that you complete prior to your tour to their knowledgeable guides and comfortable vans, your experience with 101 Wine Tours is one that you won't forget. They offer multiple different vehicles, allowing parties of up to 11 passengers. It's the perfect option for you and your bridal party to tour this amazing wine country, without the stress or worry of where to visit. Laura, the owner of 101 Wine Tours, is also certified by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as a Level 2 wine educator, so you know you are in good hands. A handful of The Wedding Standard Artists wanted to get a first hand experience of Laura's tour so we loaded up eager to see what she had planned for us. It was a perfect day to say the least.
Claiborne & Churchill Winery
Claiborne & Churchill Winery was our first stop on the tour. Located in Edna Valley, Clairborne and Churchill is a small, premium family-owned winery , founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson. The winery is known for their unique Gewurtztraminer and Reisling. The tasting room is an experience where guests get to see the day to day wine making, with stacks of wine barrels directly behind them as they sip and become educated on each one of the wines. Elizabeth Churchill, daughter of winemakers told us, "We have had members with us for 30+ years! Some of them will be with us at our upcoming 35 year anniversary party!" Within the short hour we were there, we felt right at home, and well taken care of.
Heading east of the Pacific Ocean we arrived at Talley Vineyards, located in Arroyo Grande. Talley Vineyards is a family owned winery, known for their welcoming atmosphere and wines that reflect their honest approach to wine making. The grounds were stunning, including views of the surrounding Rincon Vineyard, and Talley Farm vegetable fields. Starting in the Tasting room with our first splash of their well loved Estate Chardonnay we learned about the vision of the winery and how their wines are made to authentically express the flavors of the grapes grown as well as their desire to continue using sustainable farming practices. Shortly after, we headed out for a tour of the facility, getting a first hand look at the hard work and love that goes into each wine. From their delicious Estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to their amazing hospitality, Talley is a must on your 101 Wine Tours adventure.
Biddle Ranch Winery
Our last stop on the tour was Biddle Ranch Winery, a small batch, handcrafted, old world style winery that has so much to offer. Their grounds are refined and curated for a more than pleasing environment. The 4 partners that own the winery say it best, "Biddle Ranch has always been about the simple indulgence of drinking a great wine in a beautiful place with the people we love." While you can't go wrong with any of the wines here, Biddle Ranch is well known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We were seated outdoor where a picnic would be the perfect option to bring along with you as the winery will provide the rest. Next to the winery is their Vineyard House available for family gatherings, corporate events, weddings, and more. We could of all hunkered down in this cozy space after an amazing day of wine tasting.