Fresno, is located in Fresno County, otherwise knows as Agriculture Central
And grapes are the number one crop!
However Fresno County is slightly arid, and though we have rich soil we wouldn’t be farming (in the quantity we do) without the extensive irrigation that goes on.
True, many go for raisins and other food needs, but many are converted into Wine. Unfortunately much of that is Gallo Wine, but I suppose they have their place in the market.
Our soil is perfect for everything, and conveniently enough this includes grapes.
However, we are heading to the Central Coast on our epic #Wine journey!
When last seen, we had toodled past Chalome, and down towards Paso Robles.
Chalome itself looks more like the Central Valley in terms of flora and fauna, and as you approach Paso Robles, you begin to pick up the mediterranean look of the area.
Paso Robles is tucked inside the Coastal Range in a small valley, surrounded by mountains on the east and northwest.
And as you drop into the Valley over the eastern edge you get a sense of the agriculture in the area.
The following images are coutesy of Google Earth.
Here we approach the Tobin James Winery along Freeway 46. Paso Robles is just visible in the north east corner of the picture, below the hills.
The area is a leader in sustainable practices, with a local organization, SIPPractices.org
And as Conrad is a fan of beer, I recommend BarrelHouse Brewing Company, an outdoor beer garden, located in downtown Paso Robles.