RIO SECO's philosophy of natural fermentation, no additives in the wines, and starting with the best fruit possible, have given them a respected name on the Central Coast for their fine wines.
Mon-Sun 11am - 5pm
Winter Hours: Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
About the Wines: Rio Seco planted thirty-one acres in the spring of 1997 to traditional Paso Robles Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, but additionally planted Syrah, Cab Franc, Roussanne, and a test block of Viogner and Merlot...all in all, a winemakers dream! There exists unlimited potential for excellence and uniqueness for Rio Seco wines. Implementing a philosophy of natural fermentation, no additives in the wines, and of course, starting with the best fruit possible, give high hopes for making Rio Seco a respected name on the Central Coast for fine wines.
About the Family: Long-time San Luis Obispo county residents Tom and Carol Hinkle began their wine adventure a couple of decades ago. After successful teaching careers, Carol at two local high schools and Tom at Cal Poly SLO and a twenty eight year stint in major baseball. The Hinkle’s seriously began to investigate the possibility of farming premium wine grapes. Searching for vineyard property, the Hinkle’s looked at over two hundred parcels of potential. Searching for vineyard property, the Hinkle’s looked at over two hundred parcels of potential vineyard land before discovering the perfect spot in the spring of 1996.
Once owned by a Hollywood movie producer, the beautiful 63 acres nestled among rolling hills and the HuerHuero Creek was destined to become home to this small, family-owned vineyard and winery. The big red barn, now the winery and barrel room building, was originally constructed to accommodate the catering needs and food service for the actors on the set of a 1984 movie.
Happily, the Hinkles have found this small Eastside ranch the perfect setting for their Rio Seco adventures that they would love to share with you.