Niner Wine Estates
A Road for the Wanderers (and Wine Lovers)
Driving thru the wine fields of central California wasn’t technically on ‘the list’ of things to see or do while we were out exploring, but wow was it pretty awesome! If I remember right this was right outside Paso Pobles, and the best part about driving out there is the sweeping landscapes. We were heading up California State Route 46, a great two lane highway that connects the Cabrillo Highway (Pacific Coast Highway) and CSR41, which we followed towards Fresno. The coolest thing I found about these two roads was the stark differences you can experience in just a short period of driving. From the 1800ft high mountains of the Santa Lucia Coastal Mountain Range and the Sierra Madre Mountains, down in to the San Juaquin valley, and finally entering the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where you can see the 4000+ft peaks in the distance. As you meander down the hillsides into what’s known as the “Templeton Gap”, vineyards begin popping up on either side of the road. Later in the afternoon the sun began to sink towards the horizon, and produced some great light on the rolling hills of grapes, when I just had to pull over and get some up close and personal shots of the Heart Hill Vineyard, part of Niner Wine Estates.
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