By Bob Johnson
There is no shortage of music venues in California’s Central Coast wine region. Here are just two of the estates that offer great sounds in addition to great wines…
• D’Anbino Vineyards and Cellars, Paso Robles
• Castoro Cellars, Templeton
While those venues can accommodate perhaps a few hundred guests, there soon will be a Central Coast winery where a few thousand music fans will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy their favorite singers and bands: Vina Robles, located in the heart of Paso Robles wine country.
Here’s a link to the press release on the project, as well as an artist’s rendering of the venue, which will seat around 3,300: http://www.vinarobles.com/hospitality_center/amphitheatre
The area formerly was home to a summer concert series at the old Martin Brothers Winery. I can remember attending a few “smooth jazz” concerts there, including one particularly stellar show by saxophone player Richard Elliot (http://www.richardelliot.com/). But the Martin Brothers “amphitheater” was basically little more than a hill. The venue at Vina Robles will feature permanent seating and VIP services.
The project is expected to be completed early in 2013, and promises to bring some very talented musicians to the Central Coast.