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Castoro Cellars

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California's landscape is as diverse as its people. From foggy coastlines to dry endless deserts, lush green mountains to rolling hills of vineyards. A morning of snow boarding in the mountains and then ocean kayaking at sunset, this glorious Golden State offers it all.
The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of producing world-class wines from Paso Robles-appellation grapes. The winery is located at 6465 Von Dollen Road in San Miguel and has 400 producing acres of land.
The gardens feature lush native plants and specimen cork oaks. The views of the surrounding hills and vineyards offer a great place to picnic and enjoy a glass of wine. Visitors can sample Castoro Cellars', Dam Fine wines, from 11 am to 5:30 am daily. Surrounding the tasting room is a grape arbor, Zinfandel vineyard and cork trees. Niels' long-time nickname of Beaver, evolved further when he was working in Italy and his friends soon took to calling him, Il Castoro, which is beaver in Italian. The name and the motto stuck. Castoro Cellars', dam fine wines, sport a picture of a beaver on each label.
In the span of a dozen years, Niels and Bimmer had gone from making a few barrels of wine for family and friends in a rented corner of someone else's winery to developing a custom-crush operation and a 20,000 case operation for Castoro Cellars. Most recently, the Udsens purchased two local vineyards, one aptly named Hog Heaven after the wild hogs that inhabit the area. The second vineyard, Blind Faith, got its name when the opportunity to buy the vineyard arose. Castoro Cellars currently buys approximately 50 percent of their fruit from a number of local vineyards.
The events they participate in are the Zinfandel Festival in March, the Paso Robles Wine Festival in May and the Harvest Wine Tour in October. There are many wonderful famous as well as some not so well known areas in California Wine Country that are just right for an enjoyable day of wine tasting. It is always best to get off the beaten track and find the other gold that still exists and enjoy the beautiful scenery along these wine trails in this beautiful State.

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