When spending an afternoon sampling wine in California’s Central Coast region, it’s usually a good idea to hand the keys over to the designated driver. At Tres Hermanas Winery in Santa Maria, a designated driver is no longer necessary for RV travelers. After joining their RV wine club, members are allowed to park one night in one of the RV campsites for every $70 in wine or other purchases. Water, electric and picnic tables are provided in the ten campsites of this campground. RV wine club membership includes four shipments of three bottles each at a 25% discount. The membership also includes a twenty percent discount on tasting room and gift shop purchases.
Tres Hermanas is located in the heart of Foxen Canyon, not far from the Fess Parker Winery featured in the movie Sideways, starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. If you saw the movie, this is the winery where Miles learns in a phone call that his book deal has fallen through, prompting him to embark on a drinking binge that includes guzzling wine from the spit bucket. Because of the close proximity of this winery to Tres Hermanas, you could easily visit both in an afternoon.
In 2001, Marvin and Paulette Teixeira founded Tres Hermanas Winery by planting a small vineyard on their cattle ranch. The first harvest was done in 2003, and the opening of the tasting room followed in 2007. The ranch is still headquarters for the family cattle operation, and you may see cows grazing in the distance as you stroll to your RV after sampling syrah, sangiovese, or any of their other tasty offerings. The red barn displaying the cattle brand of Marvin’s father still stands, and has been converted into an attractive party room which can be reserved for weddings and other events. An outdoor patio area includes bar and counter space, as well as a fireplace.
Providing overnight RV parking for wine lovers is a smart and innovative idea, and surely will be copied by other wineries in the future.