The Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County preserves and presents two centuries of local viticulture through research and interviews, exhibitions and publications, talks and demonstrations, plantings and harvestings, and food and wine tastings. We work with local museums and archives and organize events in venues throughout the county.
Image: Grape harvest at Gerd Klintworth ranch showing Emma Klintworth Niesen and Chris Klintworth. Courtesy of the Klintworth Family.
SLO County Food Study Group
The SLO County Food Study Group meets the second Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 pm at SLO Provisions at 1255 Monterey Street on the corner of Johnson Avenue.
The mission of the group is to research, archive, and discuss the food and agriculture history of the region, including cattle, sheep, and dairy ranching; fishing; fruit, vegetable, and grain growing; wine production; and organic farming, as well as cooking and consumption. From the North County mountains to the Pacific, San Luis Obispo basks in a Mediterranean climate with fertile soils and a wide variety of microclimates.
The Food Study Group is sponsored by the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County, which celebrates the pairing of food and wine and their histories.
Our thanks to Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland for making SLO Provisions available.
On 15 February 1868, San Luis Obispo’s first newspaper, the Pioneer, published the county’s first instructions on making wine, “Winemaking on a Small Scale.” The article had been copied, without attribution, from the October 1867 issue of the American...read more
Alexander Murray Kestler and Schwartz Ads San Luis Bakery Ad John Riiger Ad Wine pervaded local life in San Luis Obispo at the time of the county’s earliest newspaper. Throughout 1868 and until it folded in 1869, the San Luis Obispo Pioneer printed advertisements for...read more
The exhibition features chefs, winemakers, and artists who contributed to the Classic; wines and foods from the legendary Hearst Castle dinners; and art bottles etched and painted for the auction, ranging from the half-liter jennie to the 15-liter nebuchadnezzar.read more
The Central Coast wine world lost one of its major figures in 2017 with the passing of Paso Robles winegrower Richard Sauret.read more
Our modern emphasis on winemakers, vineyards, vintages, and varietals is missing from the earliest newspaper ads for San Luis Obispo’s restaurants and saloons, but still there are a couple of hints of what’s to come.read more
The Wine History Project seeks oral histories of our growers, winemakers, and wineries, as well as historic photographs, articles, brochures, and travel and wine books; tools of the wine industry; and bottles and labels. If you can help in any way, please contact us. Your stories now will document our county’s wine history for the future.
Wine History Project PO Box 1802, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406