Paso Robles Highlands District

This vast cattle-ranching area has the highest average elevation of any of the Paso AVAs with temperatures dropping from 100°F (38°C) in the day to only 50° F (10°C) at night. Bring a sweater to experience this unique and wild part of Paso Robles.

The warm climate in the Highlands means that we see grapes normally associated with Southern Italy, like Aglianico, but because of the cool nights we also see Cabernet Sauvignon and even Chenin Blanc. With over 20 varieties just in this region, it’s easy to find a lot of diversity in this wild area.

Quick Facts:

  • Major Varieties: Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chenin Blanc
  • Established: 2014
  • Elevation Range: 1160-2100 ft  (350-640 m)
  • Total Area: 60,300 acres (24,400 hectares) 
  • Diurnal shift: 30-50 ºF (16-28ºC)
  • Annual Rainfall: 12 inches (300 mm) 
  • Soils: Sandy loam, iron-based clay
Selected Paso Robles Highlands District Wineries