An excellent piece from “Grape Collective” explores the origins of the popular Paso Robles wine country in California.
Reporter Lisa Deening writes, “the Paso Robles wine region earned its name from the Spanish El Paso de Robles, meaning Pass of the Oaks, for its beautiful forests of oak trees. If it were being named today, one could imagine that it might be a toss-up between the words Robles and Viñedos (Vineyards) due to the region’s current fame for its outstanding wines. Although grapevines were introduced to the area by Spanish conquistadors in the late 1700s, it wasn’t until the mid-1900s that the industry really began to take off. Today, the rolling hills of Paso Robles are a blend of grand old oak trees with vineyards, pastures, and working farms.”
Read more about the fascinating story of the region.