Dark Star is a rustic working winery and vineyard, conveniently located five minutes from central Paso Robles, just off the West 46 at Anderson Road, and only two miles off the 101. There is plenty of parking, and local ride services are only minutes away.
Our spacious three thousand square foot tasting area includes an indoor tasting bar with seating, and an outdoor covered patio with picnic seating and vineyard views. You can enjoy a regular tasting, or wine by the glass to compliment your own picnic.
Dark Star was founded in 1994. On any given day we offer twenty or more award winning wines, including whites, rosés, creative red blends, common and unusual red varietals and port. In the last four years, under new management, our wines have collected twenty-five awards, including ten 90 – plus point gold medals. We buy only high quality fruit from the finest local growers, and will soon be adding some limited edition estate wines. Our winemaker calls the pick only when the grapes have reached full maturity and flavor. All of our wines are made, aged and bottled on site. Given our limited production of about 3500 cases per year, we can get to know each of our three hundred and eighty barrels personally, and track the progress of our wines as they mature.
Dark Star is famous for its laid back, comfortable, family and pet friendly atmosphere. Your tasting will consist of eight wines of your choice, or, let our friendly and knowledgeable staff guide you through our extensive menu. Many visiting couples opt to share side by side tastings, so they can compare and contrast the nuances of different varietals or blends. Your designated driver or other non-drinking companions can enjoy the corn hole game, our safe and sane axe throwing pitch, the observation bee hive, or just hang out with the winery cats and chickens. If we are not too busy, we may offer tours of the vineyard, crush pad, and winery. Depending on the time of year, we may put you to work.
We are very proud of our quality to price ratio. Our retail bottle prices range from twenty-four to forty-eight dollars. Our club members enjoy at 30% discount at all times, and 50% off case specials at least twice per year. The club commitment is six bottles twice per year, spring and fall, and is typically around $145 per order, plus any tax and shipping. You can go with our selections, or customize your order.
Check out our web page for coming events. Our spring and fall pick-up parties feature a live band, dancing and buffet. Live music by local and traveling artists is on schedule once or twice a month. Open-mic/karaoke night is 5:30-9:00 every Friday during the summer, and on the second Friday of the month in the winter - try out our cook your own burger option, or bring your own snacks. We are also available for private parties, small weddings, and charitable fundraisers.
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