Discovering Opolo Vineyards is to uncover a place where the passion to create an unforgettable experience and offer outstanding customer service is equally important as crafting wines that continually sell out and are now being savored by thousands of wine lovers all over the United States.
The team at Opolo Vineyards – the name is from a sassy rosé made on the Dalmatian Coast, a nod to co-owner Rick Quinn’s Serbian heritage – are warm, passionate and down-to-earth. They strive to “take the snobiness” out of wine tasting. Intimidation is unheard of and the tasting room feels a bit like home.
On festival weekends, the barbeque is going full-tilt, cranking out Opolo’s famous Cevapcici Sausage, a special Yugoslav ground meat delicacy made from scratch. Hospitality is key here, and everyone thoroughly enjoys a good time.
On a hilltop that commands a striking view of the surrounding hills, a huge tent is erected each fall for the Harvest Festival. It’s an unforgettable event. The air is filled with the succulent aroma of whole roasted lamb, taste buds come alive to the nuances of Opolo wines, and the adventurous take off their shoes, roll up their pant legs and have a go at crushing grapes “I Love Lucy” style.
With the very best in fruit available to them, Opolo has chosen an interesting path to wine making. Curiously, Opolo does not employ a wine maker as such. It’s a group effort. Everyone, from owners to “cellar rats” has a say in the wine production. The belief at Opolo is that this approach makes for consumer-friendly wines that appeal to many people. There is no dependency on person’s palate although Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols, co-owners, have the final vote.
The winery has sold out of its first six years of production, proof of this unique approach.
Tasting Room Hours
open daily 10am-5pm
7110 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, 93446
Currently Released Wines
Late Harvest Zinfandel
Red Rhône Blend