Taste of Tin City Walking Tour
Enjoy the first ever walking tour of Tin City – an industrial area just outside of downtown Paso Robles – that is home to a community of innovative and passionate producers of high-quality wines, spirits, beer and more.
Enjoy an All-Inclusive tin city Walking Tour
Enjoy the first ever Tin City walking tour – an industrial area just outside of downtown Paso Robles – that is home to a community of innovative and passionate producers of high-quality wines, spirits, beer and more.
During this Tin City walking tour, guests will enjoy a sample of some of the amazing boutique brands that are at the heart of this community, while learning about how Tin City started and some of the exciting plans for its future.
This all-inclusive Tin City walking tour visits some of the pioneers who helped found Tin City, as well as the new generation who are continuing to innovate and elevate. You’ll learn their stories and taste through their offerings, including incredible orange wines, natural wines and pét-nats, at these iconic and up & coming brands.
- On this Tin City guided tour, learn about the history of Tin City, taste natural wines, learn about their focus on Italian varieties and more at Giornata Winery
- Pop over to End of the Day Wines where we’ll learn about the importance of farming and sample their delicious & approachable wines meant to be enjoyed at the end of this day & every day
- Visit Etto Pastaficio (Tin City’s very own pasta factory & Italian style market) & enjoy a family style lunch at the popular Etto Pasta Bar
- Head next door to Field Recordings, where Andrew Jones produces flavorful wines from unique vineyards around the Central Coast. Here you’ll sample their core lineup and learn a thing or two about farming, production, natural wines – as well as Andrew’s unique role in Tin City’s history
- Pop in to Tin City Distillery and Wine Shine Distillery where you’ll sip through their refreshing selection of canned cocktails while watching the stills chug away in the background and learn how this distillery came to call Tin City their home
- Finish the day with a sweet treat from Proof & Gather Baking Company!
10am meet in Tin City – Your Toast Tours guide will greet everyone in the heart of Tin City and start the day with introductions, as well as a brief overview of what Tin City is and how it all got started.
10:10am – 10:50am Tasting Italian Varieties at Giornata Winery
Step into this boutique winery focusing on high quality handcrafted Italian varieties, and the second winery to exist in Tin City.
You’ll sip through a small selection of elegant, naturally made, old world style Italian wines and talk about their winemaking practices, including the use of amphorae, sustainable farming, the history of obscure Italian varieties in San Luis Obispo county and the building the Giornata & Etto brands in (at the time) little known Tin City.
10:55a – 11:35a Visit END OF THE DAY Wines and Sample a Selection of Approachable Wines to Enjoy Now
After a short walk through Tin City, we’ll visit END OF THE DAY wines and learn about how winemaker Carl Bowker went from producing highly-acclaimed small production wines at Caliza Winery in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles to also starting a boutique label in Tin City offering wines that are tasty, well-priced, approachable and that can be enjoyed daily.
11:40a – 12:25p Enjoy a Family Style Lunch at Etto Pasta Bar and pop into Etto Pastificio
Cozy up with your new friends and enjoy a family style meal that includes a sampling of Etto’s delicious pasta made in Tin City with high-quality organic ingredients, as well as a selection of gourmet sandwiches and a delicious salad, all made with local, seasonal ingredients.
There will be vegetarian & non-vegetarian options.
Still water is included, but additional beverages can be purchased during the lunch, if desired.
After lunch we’ll have the chance to pop into Etto Pastificio and check-out their Italian market where you can see their traditional Italian pasta making equipment and possibly take home some goodies to enjoy later!
12:30p – 1:10p Sample Iconic wines from Andrew Jones’ Field Recordings while learning a thing or two
Starting the first winery in Tin City and being named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Winemakers under 40, Andrew Jones knows a thing or two about tapping into unrecognized potential.
This is what drove him to start Field Recordings, a brand that focuses on producing wines with loads of personality, using traditional winemaking techniques and sourced from unique vineyard sites throughout the Central Coast.
Here you’ll taste through his fan favorites which can include a refreshing Pet Nat, a zesty orange wine and so much more!
1:15p – 1:50p Sip Tasty Spirits at Tin City Distillery
It doesn’t get any hipper than Tin City Distillery, which brings two labels under one roof in the heart of Tin City.
Wine Shine features nuanced, small-batch brandies and Tin City Distillery offers an array of traditional spirits such as vodka, gin, bourbon and rye whiskey, along with mixers, muddlers and playful canned cocktails.
Focusing on quality base ingredients and superior production practices, you’ll get to choose three samples from their impressive lineup of premium small batch spirits, while learning about the basics of distillation and chilling with new friends.
1:55 – 2p Finish the tour with a sweet treat from Proof & Gather Baking Company
Still under construction, Kaitlin Ferland is opening her second location of Proof & Gather Baking Company on the Central Coast in Tin City, where she’ll have a large selection of baked goods made using original recipes developed in-house and featuring locally-sourced ingredients.
While this location isn’t open yet, we’ll finish with one of Kaitlin’s delicious cookies that will surely get you excited for checking-out her new spot once it’s open!
- Samples at each location visited on the tour
- Family style lunch
- Knowledgeable, friendly tour guides
- Small intimate tour sizes
- Share the experience with other fun people!
- No hidden fees
- Unmatched 5-Star customer service
- Purchases at the venues visited
- Water will be included with lunch. If you wish to enjoy other beverages such as wine, beer, soda, coffee etc, you can purchase this at your own expense
This tour is tailored for adults (21+) and is entirely focused around enjoying and consuming delicious alcoholic beverages. Guests younger than 21 years will not be permitted on the tour. Please bring a valid photo I.D.
Wear comfortable shoes and bring layers as the weather is subject to sudden changes and we may visit a barrel room or a production facility, which are kept at cooler temperatures. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen.
Outside food or drinks are not permitted at each stop.
We love dogs, but unfortunately, can’t allow them on our shared group tours, unless it is a service animal. We do welcome well-behaved dogs on our private tours, and are happy to work with you to build your perfect dog-friendly wine country day.
As a courtesy to your tour companions, it’s important to be on time. If you are late or miss your scheduled start time for the tour please contact our office immediately at 805-400-3141. Any guest who misses their tour entirely will be seen as a no-show. No refunds will be issued., it’s important to be on time. If you are late or miss your scheduled start time for the tour please contact our office immediately at 805-400-3141. Any guest who misses their tour entirely will be seen as a no-show. No refunds will be issued.
For our public Taste of Tin City Walking Tour a full refund will be given for cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time. Any cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will not be entitled to any refunds.
Our public group activities have a minimum number of guests required for them to run. While unlikely, it is possible that it will not reach the minimum and you will be notified that it has been cancelled. If this happens, we will work to find an alternative solution or will issue a full refund.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Lunch will be offered family style and will include a selection on pasta, paninis and salads.
We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences, but since the lunch is family style this may not be possible.
Water will be included with lunch. If you wish to enjoy other beverages such as wine, beer, soda, coffee etc, you can purchase this at your own expense.
If you want to pick the specific wineries we visit then we recommend booking a private tour.
Venues that showcase the history and spirit of Tin City and that have a variety of wine styles and experiences.
Tin City has a lot to offer in a small space, so sometimes parking can be an issue.
However given the hour at which our tour begins you shouldn’t have any problem finding free and convenient parking. Often there is parking available in the area called The Row
Please keep in mind that California has a strict DUI policy. After a tour it is likely you will not legally be able to drive. It takes the average person approximately 1 hour to metabolize one alcoholic beverage. Even with tasting sizes being smaller than a glass, they add up quickly!
We recommend using a rideshare service to enjoy your day to the fullest.
No, this tour is meant to provide an introductory taste at each stop visited during the tour.
Most stops will pour 3 tastes.
Absolutely, this tour is a great way to start your day and familiarize yourself with Tin City.
Your guide is more than happy to give you recommendations based on your personal preferences. In addition, you can read more in our in-depth Tin City article on where to stay, where to eat, and additional things to do while in Tin City.