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Rhônely Fun Facts

When was Hospice du Rhône established?

1991, baby!

Who and how many attend the Paso Robles wine event?

Every other year over 1,200 Rhône wine lovers converge in Paso Robles, California USA for the Hospice du Rhône Paso Robles wine event. The group is a mix of Rhône producers and importers, wine industry representatives, restaurateurs, Sommeliers and enthusiasts who possess an unwavering passion for the 22 Rhône wine varieties.

Are the attending wineries from throughout the world?

You bet! The Paso Robles wine event hosts upwards of 150 Rhône wine producers and importers from throughout the world at the Opening and Closing events. These worldly Rhône wine producers and importers gather from France, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Chile, New Zealand and the USA. The states represented from the USA are Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

Do you use sommeliers at the wine event?

Absolutely! At the 2016 event, Hospice du Rhône hosted 22 sommeliers from around the United States. This lively group ensured there was not one corked wine poured at the seminars and meals.

Do you use volunteers at your event?

We could not host our Paso Robles wine event without the help of over 100 volunteers from within San Luis Obispo County. They help us ensure one heck of an amazing experience for all in attendance.

How much glassware does the Paso Robles event utilize?

The Paso Robles wine event utilizes 10,000 pieces of Riedel stemware for every two of the four seminars. This means after two seminars are finished on Friday the organization has to send out the 10,000 stems to be washed and buffed for use at the Saturday seminars.

Over 2,500 Riedel stems are provided for the two daily tastings and 1,600 plus are utilized for meals and those impromptu after parties.  

This is a lot of glass if you ask us! 

How many tables are needed for the event?

A lot! 376 banquet tables are used at the Paso Robles event. These tables are used in the seminar rooms, tasting pavilion and the lunch patio.