Unlike other industries and other areas of the state, country and world, wine growers in Paso Robles don’t seem to compete as much as they collaborate. A friendly, supportive and cooperative nature surrounds the North County wine industry, welcoming urban refugees and local wine-growing newcomers alike. This attitude of collaboration has created a number of Paso Robles wine trade groups.
Some Paso Robles wine trade groups include:
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is a non-profit association that aims to strengthen awareness about the local wine industry and attract wine enthusiast from all over the world into the area. They host a variety of local wine-themed events, such as Paso Blend Fest, Harvest Wine Weekend and more.
The Rhone Rangers are a national non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to promoting the American Rhone varietal. The Paso Robles chapter has 45+ members. Every year, they host the, “Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience,” which is an information-rich day with a seminar, a vintner’s lunch, a grand tasting and a silent auction.
The Allied Grape Growers is a wine grape growers association serving California. The association is dedicated to providing efficient and competitive marketing of its members’ grapes as well as offering marketing services for non-members. They offer information about market facts, crop updates and relevant news and market information.
The Paso Robles CAB (cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective is a non-profit organization that strives to promote Bordeaux varieties such as: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and malbec that is grown in Paso Robles. The club is open to all wineries that produce one of these types of varietals. Members have the opportunity to learn from and work with other members of the collective.
The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area is a group of grape-growers that are dedicated to the advancement of superior wine grape growing here in the Paso Robles area. They offer on online marketplace listing service, as well as seminars, networking events and other opportunities.
The Wineries of Paso Robles 46 East is a collective of 14 diverse wineries all located on Highway 46 East. They host a variety of events, including their popular collaborations with Zoo to You Conservation Ambassadors, where they provide “wild” tasting room experiences featuring live animals, which raise money for the zoo.
The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau is a non-profit, non-governmental voluntary membership organization that’s mission is to protect and promote agricultural interests in San Luis Obispo County.
The Central Coast Vineyard Team is a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable winegrowing. Their aim is to reduce erosion and pesticide use, protect the quality of water, support biologic diversity, and honor farm workers. The team introduced the SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification program in 1994, which furthers the team’s mission towards sustainability.
The California Association of Winegrape Growers is a statewide organization that is dedicated to advocating for California winegrape growers. It places focus on sustainable farming practices, education and research within the winegrape industry.