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In the southern hemisphere the constellation Argo Navis is separated into three star clusters: Vela (The Sails), Puppis (The Stern), and Carina (The Keel). Named for the epic ship Argo and its crew of fifty, the constellation was placed among the stars by the Greek goddess Athena upon completion of the epic quest for the Golden Fleece. The crew, better known as the Argonauts, included Jason, Hercules, Orpheus, Castor and Pollux, triumphed through perils unseen in our modern world and became legends to innumerous generations.

At Carina Cellars we strive to produce wines worthy of being placed among the stars. Our goal is to grow some of the best Rhone grapes available on the Central Coast. Crisp Viogniers full of tropical fruit and spring flowers, dark Syrahs loaded with spice and lush fruit, earthy Mourvedres and bright, fruity Grenaches, we represent the classic character of Paso in our wines. Our unique Rhone blends: Clairvoyant, Sibylline and Syrah7% all strive to embody the traditions of the revered Rhone region, melded with the unique flavors of Paso Robles. Our flagship blend, Iconoclast, seeks to defy all conventions with its 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Syrah.

Carina Cellars is the result of an avid wine collector with a dream who meets an accomplished winemaker with a vision. When attorney and businessman David Hardee and winemaker Joey Tensley met in 2002, they were quick to recognize the benefits of combining their passion. With Hardee's talent for business, Tensley's talent for wine making, and a shared belief in only the best, Carina Cellars was born.

Joey and David sought to create wines that exemplify varietal flavors and terroir above all else. Both men knew that Santa Barbara County was the perfect location for growing Rhone wines, but decided to expand their interests further north to Paso Robles. In 2006 David found the perfect 83 acre ranch and quickly planted 23 acres of Rhone grapes. Visit our Estate vineyard and tasting room or vacation in our Estate home, 3525 Adelaida Road.


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3525 Adelaida Road
Paso Robles, 93446




11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Sunday

Tasting Fee
$10 - Complimentary with this ad.


Wines Produced
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petite Sirah
Red Rhône-Style Blend
Grenache Blanc
Late Harvest Viognier

Bed & Breakfast
Pet Friendly
Picnic Area
RV Parking
Tasting Room
Vineyard Tours