The Haunted Caves of Eberle Winery

Find your bravery and venture to Paso Robles for spooky sips of great vino.

A BEAUTIFUL WINE CAVE... can claim multiple purposes, from serving as the all-important place where the barrels full of the good stuff stay for a prolonged, wine-enhancing period, to a low-lit spot that's ideal for an intimate dinner or celebration. What interior spaces that sit adjacent to a vineyard or winery aren't typically known for is, well, spirits, as in ghosts, as in visitors from the beyond. Once every so often, though, a pretty California wine-making destination will peek inside its cave and find not just barrels or dinner tables but something rather spooky. That's what's happening at...

EBERLE WINERY... of Paso Robles in 2016. One day you're just making excellent wines, as you have been doing since the 1970s, and the next... your caves seems a bit spooky and strange. The lovely part of this not-too-terrifying tale, however, is that Eberle family is opening up its atmospheric cavas for two nights of Halloween-style hanging out, and just a few days of the holiday itself (meaning you can pay the Paso-close place a visit and still make it back to your town in time for Oct. 31 trick-or-treating). The Haunted Caves at Eberle Winery will lend an eeriely delightful, or delightfully eerie, if you prefer, flavor to Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. "Decorated and lit by professionals, our 16,000 sq. feet of underground caves turn into one of the spookiest tickets in town." The "whole family" is welcome, and the $5 donation per person will support the Kinship Center, "helping kids heal and thrive." And, you bet, the tasting room will be open both evenings, so see if a sip of Full Boar Red or a rich-toned vintage port doesn't give your autumn night just a hint of haunted flavor. 

IT'S A SWEET WAY... to help out a local agency and to create a community all-ages to-do in a place that's typically reserved for wine-keeping and occasion-celebrating. Not every winery honors Halloween, so finding one that does can lend a ghouly-fun zip to the season, one that's typically about harvest activities, and not a playfully haunted cave.

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