In the Vines In the Vines is a five-part series exploring the history, business, economics and effects of the wine industry in Paso Robles, California. Through sound-rich feature reporting, KCBX's Benjamin Purper examines the positives and negatives of the city's transformation into a wine town, and what the future might hold for this emerging wine country.
In the Vines

In the Vines

From KCBX

In the Vines is a five-part series exploring the history, business, economics and effects of the wine industry in Paso Robles, California. Through sound-rich feature reporting, KCBX's Benjamin Purper examines the positives and negatives of the city's transformation into a wine town, and what the future might hold for this emerging wine country.

Most Recent Episodes

How regenerative farming could help the Paso Robles wine industry reach sustainability

In the final story in our series "In the Vines," KCBX's Benjamin Purper profiles a winemaker who's helping the Paso Robles wine industry reach sustainability — not just for the vines, but for the community as a whole.

How regenerative farming could help the Paso Robles wine industry reach sustainability

How drought and climate change threaten the Paso Robles wine industry's future

The American West is facing a water crisis made worse every year by climate change and drought. That's posing an existential threat to agricultural economies across the region, especially in smaller cities and towns like Paso Robles.

How drought and climate change threaten the Paso Robles wine industry's future

The labor and housing challenges facing Paso Robles' wine-centric economy

The explosive growth of Paso Robles' wine industry since the 1990's is often touted as a major economic success story on the Central Coast. But some benefit from this more than others, as lower-income families struggle making enough to live in Paso Robles — if they can afford it at all.

The labor and housing challenges facing Paso Robles' wine-centric economy

Scenes from the Central Coast wine industry, from backyards to amphitheatres

Paso Robles is now one of the major hubs in the Central Coast's rapidly-growing wine industry. Much of Highway 101 through this area is now flanked by vineyards spanning hundreds of acres.

Scenes from the Central Coast wine industry, from backyards to amphitheatres

How wine transformed Paso Robles

Paso Robles' unique coastal climate makes it one of the best grape-growing areas in the state — and with that comes a rich history of winemaking.