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Santa Barbara’s Wine Growing and Wine Making Community -  Vineyards, Wineries, and Tasting Rooms

Alere Vineyards and Winery

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Ampelos Cellars

Andrew Murray Vineyards

Arthur Earl Winery

Au Bon Climat Winery

Babcock Winery & Vineyards

Baehner Fournier Vineyards

Bedford Winery

Bernat Vineyard and Winery

Bien Nacido Vineyards

Blackjack Ranch Winery

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard

Casa Cassara Winery & Vineyard

Coghlan Vineyard

Cold Heaven Cellars

Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery

Coquelicot Estate Vineyard

Cuatro Vientos Vineyard

Daniel Gehrs Wines

Dascomb Cellars

Demetria Estate Vineyard

Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards Tasting Room

Dragonette Cellars

Epiphany Cellars

Estelle Vineyards

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

Fiddlehead Cellars

Firestone Vineyard

Flying Goat Cellars

Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery

Gainey Vineyard

Giessinger Winery Tasting Room

Great Oaks Ranch and Vineyard

Harley-Ostini Hitching Post Wines

Harrison-Clarke Vineyard and Winery

Hoena Vineyard

Huber Cellars

Imagine Wine

Io Wine

Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Jalama Winery and Vineyard

Jorian Hill Vineyards

Kalyra Winery

Ken Brown Wines

Kenneth Volk Vineyards

Koehler Winery

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

Larner Vineyard

La Vie Vineyards

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Melville Vineyards and Winery

Mosby Winery and Vineyard

Municipal Winemakers

Oreana Winery

Paige 23

Palmina Wines

Presidio Vineyard & Winery

Quinta Santa Rosa Vineyard - Prodigal Wines

Qupe Wine Cellars

Rusack Vineyards

Sagebrush Annie’s

Sanford Winery

Santa Barbara Winery

Sierra Madre Vineyard

Sweeney Canyon Vineyard

Sunstone Vineyard & Winery

Toretti’s Family Vineyard

Tre Anelli

Tres Hermanas Vineyard & Winery

Verdad

Vogelzang Vineyard

Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room

Zaca Mesa Winery

Santa Barbara Wine Companies, Organizations and Clubs

Avant Tapas and Wine

Santa Barbara County Vinters’ Association

Santa Barbara Wine Club

Terravant Wine Company

Santa Barbara Wine Country Special Events

Santa Barbara Wine Festival - Celebration of Harvest

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Santa Barbara County Vineyards, Wineries, and Tasting Room

ALERE VINEYARDS & WINERY

Phone: (805) 929-6625

Email: info@alerawines.com

Details: 

Known for its Rhone varietals as well as fine Zinfandels, Alere vineyards and Winery is located on the west side of Cuyama Valley in the northernmost reaches of Santa Barbara’s wine country. 

The climate of this growing region--which is set in the Sierre Madre Mountain foothills at an elevation of about 2,400 feet above sea level--is said to be very close to that of the southern Rhone Valley. Visits to Alere Vineyards and Winery are allowed by appointment only. The word Alere comes from Latin and means “to nourish.” 

ALEXANDER & WAYNE

Address: 2922 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA, 93455

Phone: (800) 824-8584.

Hours: 11am - 6pm daily.

Tasting Room: Yes.

Details: 

This small winery produces fine wines that are sold directly to consumers. Among the offerings of Alexander & Wayne are Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as sweet wines. 

The wines of Alexander & Wayne are known for their full body and emphasis on the full fruity qualities of the grapes.

Alexander and Wayne is the continuation of a winery originally established in 1981 and then purchased by the current owners in 1992. The name Alexander and Wayne was adopted in 2005, replacing the former name of Los Olivos Vintners. 

Alexander and Wayne produces Bordeaux, Burgundy, and sweet wines as well as the Spanish variety called Tempranillo. Alexander and Wayne’s Tasting Room is located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Olivos. 

The wines of Alexander and Wayne are produced completely form locally grown grapes. Most of the wine bears the vineyard names and also the name of their AVA.

Alexander and Wayne is known for its variety, and you will likely have up to fifteen wines to choose from. Most wines are produced in small lots of from 100 to 300 cases, and typically sourced from a single vineyard. In addition to their Los Olivos tasting room Alexander and Wayne also has a Wine Lovers Club.

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ALMA ROSA WINERY & VINEYARDS

Address: 7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton

Phone: (805) 688-9090

Email: info@almarosawinery.com

Hours: 11am-4:30pm daily.

Details: Richard Sanford and his wife Thekla are pioneers of wine growing in Santa Barbara County, having planted their first vineyard in the area in 1970 and planting the first Pinot Noir in the Santa Rita Hills region, now an officially designated American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Their newest winery and vineyard, Alma Rosa, is a culmination of their decades of experience and the focus is on sustainable agricultural methods and environmentally-friendly commerce. The estate includes more than 100 acres that is Certified Organic, and the primary focus is growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Richard and Thekla started Sanford Winery in 1981 and under that label produced wine for 27 years including many award-winning wines that were sold in 16 countries and all 50 states.

The first organic vineyard planted by the Sanfords was in 1983 at Ranch El Jabali. Next they planted the La Encantada and La Rinconada vineyards. The vineyards at Sanford estate were the first in the county of Santa Barbara to be designated as organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

In 2005 the Sanfords founded Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards on an original Mexican land grant called Ranch Santa Rosa in the Santa Rita Hills. Cultivating more than 100 acres of certified organic vineyards, the Sanfords produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and also a dry rose called Pinot Noit-Vin Gris.

AMPELOS CELLARS

Address: 1633 West Central Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 736-9957

Hours: 11am-4pm by appointment; short notice is okay.

Email: info@ampeloscellars.com

Details: 

Ampelos is Greek for “vine.” The vineyards are in the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA) and became certified as Sustainably Farmed in 2008.

Grape varietals cultivated include Syrah, Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Grenache. Ampelos also sources grapes from other vineyards in Santa Rita Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

ANDREW MURRAY VINEYARDS

Address: 2901-A Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Hours: 11am-5pm daily.

Phone: (805) 693-9644

Email: info@andrewmurrayvineyards.com

Tasting Room: Yes.

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-5pm daily.

Cost: $10

Directions: 

From the north follow Hwy. 101 south to Hwy. 154 and go left. Take 154 about two miles to Grand Avenue and turn right.

From Santa Barbara follow Hwy. 154 for about 28 miles to Grand Avenue where you will turn left. See map

Details: 

Priding itself on intense, rich, and big wines, Andrew Murray Vineyards was founded with classic Rhone varietals of Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne, and Viognier, all of which are bottled unfiltered. 

The Andrew Murray Vineyards Tasting Room is located in the town of Los Olivos in a charming area surrounded by boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

Andrew Murray Vineyards produces five distinct families of wines including Tous Les Jours (easy-drinking Syrah), the Blends (a red blend and a white blend), Varietal Wines (Syrah and Viognier), and the Single Vineyards.

ARTHUR EARL WINERY

Address: 2922 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos

Phone: (800) 646-EARL

Email: info@arthurearl.com

Hours: 11am-6pm daily.

Tasting Room: Yes (in downtown Los Olivos). 

Details: Producing at least twelve different wine varieties, Arthur Earl makes their wine in small lots of 50 to 300 cases, sometimes up to 500 cases. Typically the wines are sourced from a single vineyard.

Arthur Earl Winery was founded in 1996 and remains as one of Santa Barbara County’s smallest wineries. The focus is on Rhone Valley varietals as well as Northern Italy and also Zinfandel. The style is generally fruit forward, big, and full-bodied. The white wines tend to be easy to drink, fresh, and with lot so flavor.

Arthur Earl produces the red wine varieties of Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise, and Cinsaut as well as the white variety Viognier.

AU BON CLIMAT WINERY

Address: Solvang at Tastes of the Valleys, 1672 Mission Drive, Solvang CA 93463
Phone: 877-622-WINE

Email: info@aubonclimat.com

Details: 

Known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc, Au Bon Climat was established in 1982 and is located on the Bien Nacido Vineyard. Au Bon Climat is owned and run by winemaker Jim Clendenen and was distinguished in 1989 and 1990 by being placed on the list of Robert Parker’s Best Wineries of the World.

Clendenen has also be recognized as Food and Wine Magazine’s 2001 Winemaker of the Year, and earlier he was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as the 1992 Winemaker of the Year.

Au Bon Climat means “a well exposed vineyard.”

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BABCOCK WINERY & VINEYARDS

Address: On Hwy. 246 to the west of Buellton.

Hours: 10:30-4pm daily; adults only in tasting room.

Phone: (805) 736-1455

Email: info@BabcockWinery.com 

Tasting Room: Yes. Adults only. Reservations needed for groups of ten or more.

Cost: $10 per person including a Babcock Vineyards logo glass.

Details: 

Located in hills of the Santa Rita American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the far western region of Santa Ynez Valley, Babcock Winery & Vineyards includes a barrel aging facility as well as 80 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio.

Babcock Winery & Vineyards is a family owned and family operated business producing high quality wines since 1984. The estate began with a 25-acre plantation planted in 1980 which began producing premium grapes sought by local winemakers.

Today the estate is planted with 80 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah as well as some experimental varieities including Tempranillo and Albarino that come from Spain and Pignolo that comes from Italy.

The winemaker is Bryan Babcock who was chosen as one of the “Ten Best Winemakers of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times, which also named him “Most Courageous Winemaker of the Year.” Additionally Babcock was the only American distinguished among the “Top Ten Small Production Winemakers in the World” by the James Beard Foundation.

Directions:

From Santa Barbara follow Hwy. 101 north to the Solvang/Buellton (Hwy. 246) exit and then follow Hwy. 246 west about nine mile toward Lompoc. Look for the Babcock Winery on the right side of the road. The entrance is shared with Melville Winery. See Map to Babcock Winery.

BAEHNER FOURNIER VINEYARDS

Address: Solvang at Wandering Dog Wine Bar; 1539 Mission Drive #C, Solvang.

Phone: (805) 686-9126; 805 688-7118
Hours:
11am-7pm daily 

Details: This 16-acre estate owned by Dr. Robert Baehner and Vickie Baehner is located in the hot eastern Santa Ynez valley which provides an ideal climate for the Bordeaux varietals that are grown here including Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and the renowned V3 Bordeaux blend includes all three.

Set at about 1,000 feet above sea level in the eastern foothills of scenic Santa Ynez Valley, the vineyards are divided into five acre boutique vineyards each suited to its particular terrain and microclimate. The general area is known for being similar to France’s Bordeaux region with cool nights and hot sun during the day.

Baehner Fournier Vineyards practices sustainable farming techniques and avoids pesticides on the grapes. Meticulous care is taken at each step including picking the fruit at the optimal time for a complex balance of acidity and sweetness. In the morning dark the clean grapes are then snipped from the vines and carefully stored in bins that protect the fruit from any damage.

The vineyards at Baehner Fournier include plantings of the finest ENTAV French clones of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Experienced winemaker Drew Horton oversees the process and has a philosophy of as minimal intervention as possible.

BEDFORD WINERY

Tasting Room Address: 448 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440

Hours: 11am-5pm daily

Phone: (805) 688-8664; (805) 344-2107   

Email: TastingRoom@BedfordWinery.com

Details:

Creating wines in Los Alamos Valley since 1994, Beford Winery’s winemaker is Stephan Bedford who emphasizes estate grown Rhone varietals along with wines produced from other grapes grown in the region. These other wines are sourced form single vineyards and include Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Pinot Gris, dry Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Chardonnay. See Google Map to Bedford Winery Tasting Room.

BERNAT VINEYARD AND WINERY

Address: Rancho Bernat, P.O. Box 205, Los Olivos, CA 93441; at the Los Olivos Cafe): 2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos

Phone: (805) 794-5217; (805) 688-7265

Email: sam@buysantabarbarawine.com

Hours: 11am-9pm daily. 

Details:

Established by Sam Marmorstein in 1995, Bernat Winery began with plantings of Syrah and Chardonnay grapes on his 10-acre estate in Los Olivos. Bernat debuted its first estate-grown Chardonnay in 1999, and the Syrah made in 1999 was bottled in 2001. Bernat Vineyard and Winery currently has four acres planted with Sangiovese, Syrah, and Nebbiolo. No herbicides or pesticides are used on the vineyards.

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BIEN NACIDO VINEYARDS

More than 300 acres of Bien Nacido’s 800 acres of vineyard is planted in Chardonnay along with more than 250 acres of Pinot Noir and some acres dedicated to Viognier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Barbera, Syrah, and Merlot.

Bien Nacido is one of California’s major viticultural nurseries for certified, varietal budwood. The Chardonnay cuttings that have been used for much of California’s plantings of Chardonnay in the last two decades came from Bien Nacido. The original vines at the vineyard came from stock cultivated by the University of California at Davis.

BLACKJACK RANCH WINERY

Address: 2205 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA 93463
Phone: (805) 686-9922; (805) 686-4492

Email: Roger@BlackjackRanch.com

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-5pm, Thurs-Mon

Details:

The vineyard at Blackjack Ranch was planted in 1996 and the first vintage was produced in 1997. Blackjack Ranch’s Tasting Room opened in 1999.

As one of just two wineries outside of Sonoma/Napa to achieve a Five-Star rating by respected wine critic Robert Parker Jr. (The Wine Advocate), Blackjack Ranch achieved that rating for two of its Bordeaux varietals, Harmonie and Billy Goat Hill Merlot.

Blackjack Ranch is planted with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Merlot. The rootstocks at Blackjack Ranch were chosen for their low yields.

The tasting room at Blackjack Ranch features a temperature-controlled wine cellar exhibiting six decades of wines from France and California.

Directions:

From the North:

Follow Hwy. 101 south to Hwy. 154 and go left (east) for 2.5 miles into Los Olivos where you will go right (south) on Grand Avenue to the second stop sign where you will turn right (west) for about 200 feet and then go left at the next stop sign onto Alamo Pintado Rd. About 800 feet ahead you will see Blackjack Ranch Winery.

From the South:

Follow Hwy. 101 north to Hwy. 154 in Santa Barbara. Follow 154 north for 25 miles to Hwy. 246. Go left (west) on 246 and follow it for 4 miles to Alamo Pintado Rd. and turn right. Follow Alamo Pintado for 4 miles and look for Black Jack Ranch Winery on the left.

You can also follow 101 past Santa Barbara to Buellton and go east on Hwy. 246 toward Solvang and Alamo Pintado Rd. where you will go left north and follow it for 4 miles to Blackjack Ranch Winery on the left.

See Map to Blackjack Ranch Winery.

BUTTONWOOD FARM WINERY & VINEYARD

Address: 1500 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA 93463
Phone:
(805) 688-3032

Email: info@buttonwoodwinery.com 

Hours: 11am-5pm daily.

Tasting Room Cost: $10; includes Riedel crystal stem and samples of  Syrah, Devin, Merlot, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah Rose, Hawk Red, Trevin, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Details:

Set on a 39-acre vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, Buttonwood Farm was established in 1983 and now includes 33,000 grape vines including Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Semillon, Marsanne, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Owners Betty Williams and her son-in-law Bret Davenport run the vineyard.

Directions to Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard: Follow Hwy. 101 to Buellton and go east on Hwy. 246 to Alamo Pintado Rd. Go north on Alamo Pintado to Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard. See Map to Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard.

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CASA CASSARA WINERY & VINEYARD

Hours: 10am-6pm daily except Tuesdays

Address: 291 Valley Station Road, Buellton, CA
Phone: (805) 688-8691

Email: Barbara@ccwinery.com 

Details:

Located in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA), Casa Cassara produces Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay as well as some “Winemaker Reserve” barrel-select wines. Grapes are sourced from various Santa Rita Hills vineyards. The main focus is on premium Pinot Noirs.

Directions to Casa Cassara Tasting Room: 

The Casa Cassara Tasting Room is located about .4 miles west of the Hwy. 101 offramp on Hwy. 246 going toward Lompoc, on the southern side of Hwy. 246 (on the left when traveling toward Lompoc).

Look for the small sign on the roadway signpost at the Valley Station turnoff. There is also a larger sign on the Tasting Room. See Map to Casa Cassara Tasting Room.

COGHLAN VINEYARD

Email: CoghlanVineyard@gmail.com

Tasting Room: 2366 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, CA, 93441

Directions: See Map to Coghlan Vineyard Tasting Room

Details: 

Eric and Samantha Coghlan use sustainable farming practices at  Coghlan Vineyard located in Santa Ynez Valley just to the west of Happy Canyon Road. This vineyard is situated in an area with an ideal microclimate and benefits from loamy, rocky soil and good hillside drainage. 

Ten acres were planted in 2003-2004 with grape varieties that include four different Cabernet Sauvignon clones as well as Bordeaux and Rhone-type varietals. The vineyard saw its first full harvest in 2007. 

Six more acres were planted in 2010 with Cabernet Franc, Granache, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The Coghlans also source grapes from other vineyards including from the  Santa Rita Hills appellation.

COLD HEAVEN CELLARS

Address: 92 A Second Street, Buellton, CA 93427

Phone: (805) 686-1343
Email: info@coldheavencellars.com

Hours: Noon-5pm, Monday-Friday

Details:

Cold Heaven Cellars owner and winemaker Morgan Clendenen focuses on cool climate Viognier wine utilizing grapes from Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

Grapes are harvested between 23 and 24 brix to achieve a balanced ripeness that avoids high alcohol. Then the grapes are gently pressed and allowed to settle for 24 to 48 hours which separates out the solids. 

Next the juice is placed into neutral, older French oak barrels where primary fermentation takes place until the malolactic fermentation is finished. Finally the wines are fined and cold stabilized, and are left unfiltered for the bottling process. Cold Heaven Cellars wines are fruit driven yet fermented dry.

The wines of Cold Heaven Cellars include Deux C which is an international blend made from Sanfrod & Benedict vineyard grapes along with French grapes from Condrieu. Another wine produced by Cold Heaven Cellars is a Syrah from the Le Bon Climat Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley.

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COTTONWOOD CANYON VINEYARD AND WINERY

Address: 3940 Dominion Road Santa Maria, CA 93454 

Phone: (805) 937-VINE
Email: info@cottonwoodcanyon.com 

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily. From April to October the tasting room stays open until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call for holiday hours.

Cave Tours: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Sat-Sun. Tours by appointment on other days.

Details: 

Founded by the Beko Family in 1988, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery is located in Santa Maria Valley about ten minutes east of Santa Maria on the farthest northern part of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

Cottonwood specializes in Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Estate Chardonnay. Cottonwood uses a unique wine-making practice that blends the traditions of Burgundian wine-making with American innovations. The estate room provides great views of the vineyard and winery.

An estate room on the site provides great views of the winery as well as the vineyards. Tours of the winery as well as cave tours are offered on weekends. The winery extends its evening hours to 9pm on Fridays during the summer.

The estate encompasses some 78 acres and is located about 19 miles from the sea creating a cooling effect. When the Beko family bought the estate it was planted with 46 acres of Chardonnay. The estate is now planted to 5 acres of Chardonnay, 18 acres of Pinot Noir, and 3 acres of Syrah.

The long and cool growing season of the region produces a bud-break in about the middle of February, and harvest is typically about the middle of October. 

The fruit at Cottonwood has a high sugar content as well as a distinctly high acidity level (important for a long-lived wine) due to the high skin to liquid ratio produced by the cool temperatures and long growing season.

Directions to Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery:

From the north follow Hwy. 101 south to the Betteravia Rd. exit and go left. Follow Betteravia for about three miles and turn right onto Dominion where you will see the sign for Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery. Follow Dominion for about 1.5 miles where you will see the sign for the winery on your left.

From the south follow Hwy. 101 north to the Clark Avenue exit where you will turn right and follow Clark Ave. until it ends at Dominion Rd. Go left on Dominion and follow it for about two miles where you will see the winery entrance on your right.

COQUELICOT ESTATE VINEYARD

Tasting Room Address: 2884 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos CA 93441

Hours: 11am-5pm, Monday-Thursday; 11am-6pm, Friday; 10am-6pm, Saturday; 11am-6pm, Sunday.
Phone: (805) 688-1500
Email: sales@coquelicotwines.com

Winemaker/Vineyard Manager: 

Louis van Tonder (805) 688-1500; louis@coquelicotwines.com

Details:

Named after a red poppy that grows on the French countryside, Coquelicot Estate Vineyard is a 58-acre estate vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley and is run by proprietor Bernard Rosenson and Winery/Vineyard Manager Louis Van Tonder.

Established in 1999, Coquelicot is located just to the south of the historic Mission Santa Ines in Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard has practiced organic and sustainable farming methods since 2007 and hopes to achieve organic certification in 2010.

The Coquelicot tasting room is located in downtown Los Olivos in one of the town’s oldest buildings which has now been completely remodeled. The building was constructed in 1886 and was once a blacksmith shop. The grounds are also nice for a picnic and a game of bocce, and are used for private events and catered dinner parties.

Wines produced at Coquelicot Estate Vineyard include Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Dessert Wine, Syrah, Sangiovese, Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

CUATRO VIENTOS VINEYARD

Email: cvv@syvtelcom.com 

Details: 

Most of the vines on this family-run farm are Viognier, Syrah, and Teroldego. Cuatro Vientos uses sustainable farming practices in their vineyards which are located in beautiful Los Olivos.

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DANIEL GEHRS WINES

Address: PO Box 438, Los Olivos, Ca 93441

Phone: (805) 693-9686; (800) 275-8138

Tasting Room Address: 2939 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, Ca 93441

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-6pm daily 

Directions to Tasting Room: See Google Map.

Details: 

Winemaker Daniel Gehrs runs this family owned and operated winery with his wife Robin. Having worked for numerous other wineries over the years, Dan was making wine at Zaca Mesa Winery in 1993 when his Syrah was designated as #6 on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year. 

Daniel Gehrs Wines currently produces about 7,000 cases of wine annually including 12 different varietals with a focus on the white wines of Viognier and Chenin Blanc and the red wines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

The Tasting Room is located in the historic 1904 Heather Cottage building on “Tasting Room Row’ in Los Olivos. Along with the great wines available for purchase, the site’s gift shop also features English and French cottage-themed items.

DASCOMB CELLARS

Tasting Room & Wine Shop:
Phone: (805) 691-9175 
Address: 1659 Suite C, Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463

Email: info@dascombcellars.com

Tasting Room Hours: 12-7pm, Thurs.-Mon.

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David Dascomb
Phone: (805) 455-1412
Address: 4960 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez, CA  93460

Email: dave@eastvalleywines.com

Details:

A family owned and operated boutique winery, Dascomb Cellars is located within the Happy Canyon American Viticultural Area (AVA). 

Dascomb Cellars is home to one of Santa Barbara County’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards established in 1975, and also sources grapes from local vineyards. Since 2000 Dascomb has been producing limited quantities of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, and Italian wine varieties. 

The Dascomb Cellars Tasting Room is located in Solvang (See Map.)

DEMETRIA ESTATE VINEYARD

Address: 6701 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Phone: (805) 686-2345

Email: inquiries@demetriaestate.com

Tasting Room: Open every day by appointment only.

Details: A family owned winery, Demetria Estate was established in 2005. Two separate portfolios of wine are offered and both are distinct to the regions where the grapes are cultivated. 

Located above Foxen Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley American Viticultural Area, Demetria Estate includes 213 acres of rolling hillsides with 38 acres planted from 1990 to 2000 in Rhone varietals. 

Since 2005 Dmetria Estate has been farmed biodynamically, and includes the white varietals Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier as well as the red varietals Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.

DIERBERG & STAR LANE VINEYARDS TASTING ROOM

Phone: (866) 652-8430; (805) 736-0757

Address: 1280 Drum Canyon Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436

Tasting Room Cost: $10 for six wines

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-5pm daily; appointments required for groups of 8 or more. 

Email: info@DierbergVineyard.com

Details:

With three estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards opened their tasting room in 2008. Six flights of wine are offered for tasting including both the Star Land and Dierberg wines.

Star Lane Vineyards is the highest vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley and also the warmest. The vineyard backs up to the lower hills of the San Rafael Mountains is situated on the farthest eastern end of Santa Ynez Valley, rising from a canyon floor up to benchlands creating a variety of microclimates. The owner is Jim Dierberg, and the winemaker is Nick de Luca. About 230 acres of vines are planted.

The Star Lane winery includes 26,000 feet of hillside caves for barrel aging. No wood aside from the aging barrels can be found in the caves which are encased entirely in concrete for optimal humidity and temperature control.

The winery is carved into the sandstone at the base of a 1,500-foot-high ridge that looks over the vineyard and serves as the winery for both the Star Lane and the Dierberg Estate.

A gravity based system ensures gentle handling, with the de-stemmed grapes being trollied along the crush pad at the first level and then tipped into the fermentation tanks on the second level. Finally the free run wine falls to the third and lowest level, the caves, for the cellaring process. The caves are kept at 56 degrees Fahrenheit

The Dierberg Vineyard is located at the southern end of Santa Maria Valley about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The sandy loamy soil and the western exposure is ideal for the low yielding Burgundian clones they have planted there and the result are distinctive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

Directions to Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards Tasting Room:

From Hwy. 101 and 246 travel west on 246 toward Lomoc for about 6 miles and then turn right onto Drum Canyon Rd. Follow Drum Canyon Rd. for about 1/4-mile and look for the Tasting Room on the right side of the road. See Google Map to Dierberg & Star Lane Tasting Room.

DRAGONETTE CELLARS

Address: 1633 West Central Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436

Hours: 11am-4pm, Saturdays. Other visits by appointment.

Phone: (805) 737-0200

Email: info@dragonettecellars.com

Details:

This Santa Ynez Valley winery produces small lots of wine aged in a fine French cooperage with the main focus on creating the highest quality ultra-premium Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir wines.

Dragonette sources grapes from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills, and the York Mountain west of Paso Robles. Most of the grapes come from farms that practice organic and sustainable farming.

Grapes sourced include Sauvignon Blanc from Voglezang and Grassini vineyards, Syrah from Shadow Canyon, Thompson, and Stolpman vineyards, and Pinot Noir from La Encantada vineyards. 

Grapes are purchased by the acre (a more expensive way to contract for the grapes) so viticultural care can be applied during the growing season including managing the shoot and cluster density as well as the canopy, irrigation, and determining optimal harvest times, all things that bring out the potential of the grapes and produce depth, concentration, and balance.

The winemaking philosophy is “considered minimalism” that avoids excess manipulation and movement of the wine. The fruit is allowed to evolve to a point where it is ready for proper aging to maximize the wine’s inherent potential. 

The blocks of grapes are harvested, fermented, and aged separately and then before bottling are subjected to barrel blind tasting to make any blending decisions to optimize balance and complexity. Dragonette’s wines are typically bottled without fining or filtration.

EPIPHANY CELLARS

Address: 2963 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Phone: (805) 686-2424; (800) 354-9463

Email: Julie@EpiphanyCellars.com

Tasting Room: Yes

Tasting Room Hours: 11:30am-5:30pm daily, walk-ins okay for groups of 6 or fewer.

Cost: $5.00 for tasting a selection of wines, $5 more to keep the souvenir crystal glass.

Details: 

Winemaker Eli Parker crafts most of his wines using grapes from a single vineyard source, though some of the wines blend grapes from multiple vineyards to add depth and complexity.

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ESTELLE VINEYARDS

Email: estamgem@aol.com

Arrayed over 80 acres on the east side of Santa Ynez Valley, Estelle Vineyards grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. The estate’s growing area is known for its rocky and loamy soil that contains plenty of cobblestones including bluish rocks notable for their waxy luster. 

Estelle Vineyards produces, among other fine wines, “The Loin” which is an esteemed Cabernet Sauvignon, and “Nucleus,” another fine Cabernet Sauvignon that is a bit “bigger.” The vineyard has a tasting room and also sells wine online.

Estelle Vineyards is a 75-acre vineyard ideally set on the hillsides above the hottest interior areas of Santa Ynez Valley with its deep alluvial bottom. 

Estelle Vineyards is a  bit closer to the sea than the many vineyards in the “Happy Canyon” viticultural area that stretches over the interior of Sanat Ynez Valley, and thus is more likely to see temperatures rising only into the 

Temperatures at the vineyards typically top out in the 90s rather than the 100s as can occur in the nearby viticultural district that stretches over the “Happy Canyon” area through the interior of the Santa Ynez Valley. This slight temperature difference may be the reason for Estelle Vineyards’ fine reputation for their Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines.

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FESS PARKER WINERY & VINEYARD

Address: 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA, 93441.

Phone: 805-688-1545

Hours: Mon.-Sun, 10am-5pm.

Cost: $10/person tasting free. Group Reservations $15; typically 6 wines are poured for each tasting. Customers also are given a crystal logo glass.

Details:

Most famous for his roles as Davy Crocket and Daniel Boone in the 1950s, and his characters became a part of American popular culture. Fess Parker is also the father of Eli and together they began planting grapes in 1989. The family purchased 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley and they now maintain four separate vineyards.

The traits of these characters included resourcefulness, integrity, and good humor, and these same qualities are now present in the family’s wine business.

Before the family embarked on their vineyard planting the Fess Parker name was already well known for their hotel operations that emphasized hospitality, another quality that the Parkers now extend to their wine operations.

Fess and wife Marcy are the founding visionaries of this winery, while son Eli Parker spent many years working in the family business before taking the lead as the head winemaker in 1995. The following year Eli became President of the company.

Eli’s sister Ashley worked in the business through the early 1990s and then became a partner with Eli in 1998, focusing on marketing, sales, and public relations.

Directions to Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard: 

From the north (e.g., San Francisco or San Luis Obispo): Follow Hwy. 101 south to Hwy. 154. Turn left on 154 and go about 100 yards to Zaca Station Rd. Go left on Zaca Station Rd and follow it for about 5 miles where you will see, on the right, the entrance to Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard.

From the south (e.g., Los Angeles): Follow Hwy. 101 north and turn right on Hwy. 154 (about 5 miles north of Buellton). Go about 50 yards and turn left on Zaca Station Road. Proceed about 5 miles and you will see, on the right, the entrance to Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard.

FIDDLEHEAD CELLARS

Address: 1597 E Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc

Phone: (800) 251-1225; (805) 742-0204

Email: info@FiddleheadCellars.com 

Hours: 11am-4pm, Saturday; other days by appointment. Groups of  more than five require reservations.

Details:

Founded by Kathy Joseph to fulfill her passion for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc using grapes from the cooler western region of the Santa Rita Hills and the and the east side of Santa Ynez Valley. She also makes Pinot Noir sourced from Willamette Valley in Oregon.

About 5,000 cases of wine are produced by Fiddlehead Cellars each year at their Lompoc winery.

FIRESTONE VINEYARD

Tasting Room: Yes

Tours: Yes

Address: 5000 Zaca Station Road Los Olivos, CA, 93441

Phone: (805) 688-3940

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily.

Tour Schedule: Daily at 11:15am, 1:15am, 3:15am. Tours last about 25 minutes. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.

Cost: $15/person and $5 more to keep the glass.
Details: 

This Santa Ynez Valley winery is a must-stop at the southern end of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. The Tasting Room at Firestone is first class with an island bar and a scenic view over the estate vineyards to offer a full experience for visitors. The comfortable setting.

Firestone also offers winery tours daily, and the extensive picnic facilities provide as nice place to relax. The atmosphere is designed to appeal to wine experts as well as novices.

Visitors enjoy seeing the archive photos and artifacts of the Firestone family’s history as pioneers from the turn of the century as an innovator in the tire industry and then in 1972 starting Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. The tour covers the winery’s history as well as the art and science of wine production from the vine to the glass. From the demonstration cork tree to the estate vineyards, visitors will learn about all aspects of production including the crush pad, fermentation cellar, and barrel cellar.

Firestone Vineyard was originally founded by Brooks Firestone and his father Leonard. In 1972 they began the operation and the family ran it for 35 years. Then, with a growing beer business as well as a smaller winery called Curtis Winery, the Firestones sold Firestone Vineyard to Bill Foley, a Santa Barbara vinter known for his Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery as well as Lincourt Vineyards.

Directions to Firestone Vineyard: 

From Highway 101 turn onto Hwy. 154 and then after about 100 yards turn on to Zaca Station Road and go about 2.5 miles and you will see Firestone Vineyard entrance on the left.

FLYING GOAT CELLARS

Hours: 11am-4pm, Thur-Sat or by appointment.

Address: 1520 East Chestnut Court, Unit A, Lompoc, CA

Phone: (805) 736-9032

Email: info@FlyingGoatCellars.com 

Details: Focusing on the wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Rose de Noir, Flying Goat Cellars utilizes grapes from the two renowned Pinot Noir regions of Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley.

Flying Goat Cellars has made fine Pinot Noir from the Dierberg Vineyard planted on south facing sandy loam soils in Santa Maria Valley in 1997 and known for its fine grapes. 

Grapes are also sourced from Solomon Hills Vineyard, one of the coolest and westernmost vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, and also graced with sandy, loam soil that creates an aromatic profile in the grapes.

Grapes for Pinot Gris come from the Nielson Vineyard which was planted in the shaley loams of Santa Maria Valley in 1964. The northernmost Santa Maria Valley vineyard also provides grapes. Called Sierra Madre, it is also one of the valley’s westernmost vineyards where lower yields produce a more concentrated fruit. 

Other grapes come from Santa Rita Hills where the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard cultivates premium grapes used to create opulent Pinot Noir. More grapes are sourced from Rio Vista Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills and Salisbury Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County.

FOLEY ESTATES VINEYARD AND WINERY

Address: Rancho Santa Rosa, 6121 E Hwy. 246, Lompoc, CA. 93436.

Phone: (805) 737-6222

Email: info@FoleyWines.com 

Tasting Room: The 3,500-square-foot tasting room and event center is located next to the 12,000-square foot winery and provides scenic views of the vineyards and the surrounding countryside including oak trees and mountains.

Hours: 10am-5pm daily

Cost: $10

Details:

Set in Santa Rita Hills, the Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery at Rancho Santa Rosa is the pride of vinter Bill Foley whose goal is the production of world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The 460-acre ranch was planted with 230 acres of vineyard in 1998 with plantings including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The estate is divided into 59 micro-blocks. The farming, harvesting and vinification of each of these micro-blocks is done separately.

The estate was once a horse ranch, and the former stables are now the site of a modern and meticulously planned winery.

Also part of Foley Estates is Rancho Las Hermanas including 213 acres in two separate vineyards in the westernmost part of the Santa Rita Hills AVA. These two vineyards are named after the daughters of Bill Foley. Courtney’s Vineyard is planted with white grape varietals while Lindsay’s Vineyard is planted with red grape varietals.

Directions to Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery:

From the south: Follow Hwy. 101 north to Buellton and exit at Hwy. 246. Heading west toward Lompoc, follow Hwy. 246 for about 7 miles to the winery. 

From the north: Follow Hwy. 101 to Buellton and go right on Hwy. 246, continuing west toward Lompoc. Continue on Hwy. 246 for about seven miles until you reach the winery. 

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GAINEY VINEYARD

Address: 3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez
Phone:
(805) 688-0558 

Email: info@gaineyvineyard.com

Tasting Room: Yes

Hours: 10am-5pm daily

Details:

Cultivating Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah in the cool climate of the western Santa Rita Hills as well as Bordeaux varieties in the warmer climate at the eastern end of Santa Ynez Valley, the Gainey Vineyard is involved in all phases of wine growing and making including viticultural techniques that aim for minimal processing. The result has been highly acclaimed premium wines.

Gainey Vineyard also provides tours and has a scenic picnic area for relaxing. This Santa Ynez vineyard features a variety of special events throughout the year including outdoor summer concerts, an annual Crush Party, winemaker dinners, and even cooking classes.

The vineyards were established in the early 1980s with 50 acres planted, and then in 1984 a Spanish style winery was opened. This charming winery was named by the Wine Spectator magazine as one of the best Central Coast wineries to visit.

GIESSINGER WINERY TASTING ROOM

Address: 210 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Email: info@giessingerwinery.com

Phone: (805) 568-0820

Tasting Room Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12-7, Fri, 12-7:30, Sat-Sun, 11-8.

Details: Talk to the vinter in this charming and rustic tasting room in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara.

GREAT OAKS RANCH AND VINEYARD

Address: 2445 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos

Hours: 11am-5pm daily. Tastings by appointment.
Email: Nancy@GreatOaksRanch.com
Phone: (805) 686-0895

Details:

The primary grapes grown at Great Oaks Ranch and Vineyard are Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Much care is taken in the vineyard throughout the year including shoot-positioning and crop-thinning. These techniques are designed to effect a lower yield that results in a higher quality grape. In addition the grapes are green-dropped subsequent to veraision (the onset of ripening). This results in a more even ripening process and helps the farmers choose only the ripest and tastiest grapes for making into premium wines.

While the grapes from Great Oaks Ranch and Vineyard are in demand by local winemakers, a few tons of the very best of the crop are reserved each year for making the ranch’s own Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. The first Great Oaks Ranch Syrah was produced in 2003 and a Rose of Syrah was introduced in 2007.

The east to west (transverse) orientation of the Santa Ynez Mountains provides the Great Oaks Ranch and Vineyard with unique microclimates optimal for the different grape varietals. The ancient river materials in the sandy and loamy clay soils creates great drainage while the lack of rain during summer prolongs the growing season.

Most notable are the moist morning fogs giving way to sunny days then cool again at dusk - just the right conditions for Bordeaux and Rhone grape varietals. These conditions produce grapes with a lively, natural acidity with graceful tannins and spicy tastes.

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HARLEY-OSTINI HITCHING POST WINES

Address: P.O. Box 2009, 406 East Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427
Phone:
(805) 688-0676

Email: info@hitchingpostwines.com

Details: Also known as Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines after owner Frank Ostini and friend Gray Hartley, this winery has focused on producing high quality Pinot Noir, Syrah, and a Cabernet Franc blend. 

The climate of the region is subjected to a cooling influence from the proximity to the sea, and a prolonged growing season produces grapes that age gracefully yet also are good to drink when they are still young.

Gray and Frank work with the other top growers in the wine growing valleys of Santa Barbara County, and allow the wine to age gently in the barrel.

Frank and Gary now make their wine at the new state-of-the-art Terravant Winery in Buellton. Bottles, glasses, and tastes of wine can also be found at the Hitching Post II restaurant.

HARRISON-CLARKE VINEYARD AND WINERY

Phone: (805) 686-0850 

Details: 

Noted for its limestone subsoil along with clay and loam soils, similar to the French Rhone regions, the vineyard of Harrison-Clarke is located in the Purisima Hills within the distinguished Santa Ynez Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). 

The hillside plantings at Harrison-Clarke include 1.5 acres of Grenache and 10 acres of Syrah. The Cabernet is full-bodied, while the Syrah has a lighter body, though not as light as Pinot Noir. 

The Syrah is notable for its notes of blackberry and licorice as well as smoky, peppery tastes. Visits to Harrison-Clarke are by appointment only.

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HOENA VINEYARDS

Located between Solvang and Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley, Hoena is a family owned and operated business run by Milt and Marilyn Honea along with their children and grandchildren. 

Hoena Vineyards specializes in Italian grape varietals and grows grapes for the Palmina label of Steve and Chrystal Clifton. The viticulture manager of the vineyard is Larry Finkle. Twenty acres of the 40-acre estate are planted with grapes as well as two acres of olive trees.

Hoena Vineyard was planted in 2003, celebrating its first harvest in 2005. Aside from a small area of of Merlot, Hoena Vineyard is planted with red and white Italian grape varieties including Arneis, Barbera, Muscat Canelli, Dolcetto, Pinot Grigio, Lagrein, Tocai Friulano, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Merlot.

HUBER CELLARS

Address: 4892 Hapgood Road, Lompoc, CA 93436 

Phone: (805) 736-3854

Email: info@hubercellars.com 

Hours: 11am-5pm, Fri., Sat. Also by appointment.

Details:

Founded in 1986 by Norman and Traudl Huber, Huber Estate began planting vineyards the following year and thus is one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA) known for its cool morning fogs and afternoon breezes. 

Huber Cellars specializes in the Burgundian varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well Dornfelder, a German red grape varietal developed in Germany and planted at the Huber vineyards in 1995.

Grapes from the Huber Cellars vineyards have been purchased by premium winemakers since the company’s inception, with the first vintage being produced in 2000. The vineyards now encompass about 24 acres and includes 11 acres of Chardonnay, 10 acres of Pinot Noir, and 2 acres of Dornfelder.

Norman is also a skilled woodworker who built the tasting bar that overlooks the estate vineyard while Traudl’s cooking skills are often displayed as well.

IMAGINE WINE

Phone: 11am-4pm daily.

Address: 3563 Numancia St, Santa Ynez, CA
Phone: 805 688-1769

Email: ross@imaginewine.com

Details: 

Established in 2000, Imagine Wines sources grapes from the farthest eastern vineyard in Santa Barbara County.

Winemaker Ross Jay Rankin produces a variety of wines for Imagine including Zinfandel, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Viognier, and Paradise Mountain Syrah.

Each of the wine’s produced by Imagine is made in a fermentation bin and hand punched down three times each day. Then the wine is aged in oak barrels for at least one year. The red wines are then kept for at least one more year to make sure the tastes and bouquet become fully integrated.

IO WINE 

Hours: 11am-5pm daily.
Address: 2367 Alamo Pintado Road, Los Olivos, CA; Mailing Address: 5250 Tepusquet Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454.

Phone: (805) 934-4770

Email: info@IOwines.com 

Details: The IO label includes wines crafted by the winemaking staff at Byron Winery. Former Byron winemaker Ken Brown introduced Io and now features several wines including Upper Bench Syrah, Ryan Road Syrah, Io Classic, and Grenache.

Io wine exhibits a dark fruit character similar to Northern Rhone red wines yet integrates other varieties suggesting the blending of a Southern Rhone with an earthy quality and hints of dark cherry along with smooth and mature tannins and a lingering, velvety finish. The wine reveals greater complexity as it ages.

JAFFURS WINE CELLARS

Address: 819 East Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: (805) 962-7003

Tasting Hours: 11-5, Fri-Mon.; every day during summer.

Cost: $10/person. Groups of 7 or more require reservations, and fee is $15/person.

Details: Run by owner and winemaker Craig Jaffurs, Jafurs Wine Cellars  began producing wine in 1994 and specializes in Rhone varietal wines including Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Viognier, and Roussanne. All wine is made in small lots and utilizing grapes from the Santa Maria, Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, and Santa Rita growing regions.

All of the wines produced by Jafurs Wine Cellars are crushed, pressed, cellared and bottled in Santa Barbara where a new, modern, and climate controlled winery facility was constructed in 2001.

JALAMA WINERY AND VINEYARD

Address: In Solvang at Wandering Dog Wine Bar, PO Box 3004,
Lompoc, CA 93438
Phone: (805) 588-9768

Hours: Noon to 8pm daily

Email: info@JalamaVineyard.com

Details: 

Jalama Vineyard is the westernmost vineyard in all of Santa Barbara County. Located in the Santa Rita Hills wine growing area on the Cargasacchi Ranch (which also includes the Cargasacchi Vineyard), the site is just a few miles from the ocean. Surrounded by the sea on three sides (e.g. Point Conception, Jalama Beach), Jalama Vineyard sit on an old Spanish land grant called Rancho San Julian. 

The area has a rich history that dates back to the first missions and also was used for cattle ranching Nearby are some of the vines planted by the inhabitants of the La Purisima Mission. Along with the Pinot Noir grapes grown here the area continues to support prized Black Angus cattle.

The close proximity to the ocean creates a unique climate that includes cool and windy days and foggy nights. The conditions are optimal for Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes.

Jalama Wines grows their own Pinot for their Giallo and Pinot Noir estate wines, and also sources different grape varietals from other vineyards in the region. All the grapes used by Jalama are harvested by hand and carefully sorted. The must is cold-soaked in open-top fermenters and then allowed to undergo a process of slow fermentation on cultured or native yeasts.

During a two week time period each bin is manually punch down three times each day. Maceration periods are up to 28 days. When the primary fermentation and maceration is completed, the free-run wine is transferred into barrels where the wine ages for up to three years. Finally the wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined.

Winemaker Mark Cargasacchi produces small lots of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and a Syrah-based “El Capitan” blend that utilizes grapes sourced from local vineyards.

JORIAN HILL VINEYARDS

Phone: (805) 686-8490

Address: P.O. Box 375, Solvang, CA 93463 

Email: info@jorianhill.com

Details:

Jorian Hills is a family owned and operated winery that produces ultra-premium small-lot estate grown wines. Located on the slopes of Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), Jorian Vineyards encompass about 7.5 acres tended by the Newman family who use organic and sustainable farming methods. 

The unique microclimate of the vineyards results from its rare southwest facing hillside terraces set between the warmer areas of the Santa Ynez Valley to the east and the cooler Santa Rita Hills to the west. The sunny days are moderated by cool afternoon breezes providing the grapes with an ideal acidity level and low pH levels.

The soil is gravelly loam with excellent drainage. Current plantings include 182 Mourvedre vines, 1,272 Grenache vines, 5,080 Syrah vines, and 1,282 Viognier vines.

Features of the vineyard include an extensive trellising system that provides a proper canopy balance for fruit development and also bird netting that protects the vines. Jorian Hill Vineyards is not open to the public.

KALYRA WINERY

Address: 343 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460-9302
Phone: (805) 693-8864.

Hours: 11am-4:45pm Mon-Fri; 10am-4:45pm Sat.-Sun.

Tasting Room: Yes

Cost: $10/person; $12/person for groups of 10 or more.

Details: This Santa Ynez winery produces fine wines made by Australian-born winemaker Mike Brown who has more than two decades of experience making wines. His portfolio includes wines made from grapes grown in Australia as well as Santa Barbara County. Relax and have a picnic on the deck which features some of the valley’s most scenic views.

Mike grew up pulling shoots of vines in his father’s vineyard in southern Australia. Attending the University of Adelaide, Mike earned college degrees in Pharmacology and Microbiology, then matriculated with a Masters of Science in Enology and Viticulture from the renowned winemaker school at UC Davis.

Mike worked for Zaca Mesa before becoming the Santa Ynez Valley Winery’s head winemaker. In 1989 he created the Kalyra label Kalyra means “pleasant and wild place” in Australia’s aboriginal language. Mike is also the head winemaker for Buttonwood Farm Winery.

Directions to Kalyra Winery:

Follow Hwy. 101 north from Santa Barbara to Buellton and go east on Hwy. 246. Continue on 246 through Solvang and turn right on Refugio Rd. Follow Refugio and you will see Kalyra Winery on your right.

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KEN BROWN WINES

Phone: (805) 448-3791
Email:
Ken@KenBrownWines.comdeb@kenbrownwines.com

Phone: (805) 448-3791

Tasting Hours: Visitors welcome by appointment only. Open Houses held monthly at Terravant Wine Center in Buellton (no appointment necessary on these days). See Winery Calendar of Events.   

Details:

Ken Brown wines produces small lots of Pinot Noirs using grapes sourced from the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA) including the Cargasacchi, Clos Pepe, Rio Vista and Sanford & Benedict vineyards.

Ken Brown Wines also produces limited bottlings of Syrah and Chardonnay.

Ken Brown is a pioneer in the field of wine growing and wine making in Santa Barbara County having introduced the first Syrah grapes to the region as well as the first Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

KENNETH VOLK VINEYARDS

Winery Address: 5230 Tepusquet Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 938-7896

Email: info@volkwines.com 

Hours: 10:30am-4:30pm daily

Details:

Located on Tepusquet Road in northeastern Santa Maria Valley and in operation for more than 25 years, Kenneth Volk Vineyards specializes in Chadonnay and Pinot Noir wines from Santa Maria Valley as well as Bordeaux wines from Paso Robles. 

More recently Kenneth Volk Vineyards has also been making Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines as well as small quantities of heirloom wines from vineyards in California’s Central Coast region.

Proprietor Ken Volk is the former founder of Wild Horse Winery and has won numerous awards and distinctions for his wine making. The 12 acres at Kenneth Volk Vineyards includes 4 acres of Chardonnay.

KOEHLER WINERY

Address: 5360 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Phone: (805) 693-8384

Email: info@KoehlerWinery.com

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily.

Cost: $10

Details:

Located on Santa Ynez Valley’s Foxen Canyon Trail, Koehler Winery is a 100-acre estate that includes 30-year-old vines. A tasting room on the site provides samples of the fine wines, and guests can also see the many exotic animals and birds on the property

The 67-acre estate includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese, Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier.

LAETITIA VINEYARD & WINERY

Address: 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Phone: (805) 481-1772; 1-888-809-VINE; Tasting Room: 805-474-7651

Email: carmen@laetitiawine.com

Wine Club Customer Service: (805) 474-7641; kristin@laetitiawine.com

Office Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-5pm daily

Details:

Located near Arroyo Grande between Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, the tasting room at Laetitia offers tasting of both Barnwood and Laetitia wines in a scenic visitor center overlooking the vineyards and the Pacific.

Barnwood wines are created from grapes grown at the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard in Cuyama Valley where the varieties grown include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Viognier, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Grenache. 

The vineyard is a pioneer in higher elevation vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The soil ranges from heavy silt loam to fine, sandy loam with decomposed sandstone underneath providing great drainage.

 Cuyama Valley is known for its warm days, gentle afternoon winds, and cool nights created by the down-valley breezes. In a single day the temperatures may vary up to 50 degrees and the climate is less foggy and more sunny than Santa Maria just to the west. This microclimate of Cuyama Valley is ideal for Rhone and Bordeaux grape varietals.

White wine grape varietals grown at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery include: Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. 

Red wine grape varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Sparkling wines at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery are blended from Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Brut de Blanc is a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay grapes. Brut de Noir is a dry sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir grapes.

Brut Coquard is a sparkling wine blend made primarily from Pinot Noir grapeswith some Chardonnay added each vintage. Non-Vintage Brut Cuvée is a sparkling wine that is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Brut Rosé is a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Cuvée is a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. XD or Extra Dry is a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grapes. 

Laetitia Vineyard & WineryDirections:

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is located about three miles south of Arroyo Grande.

LARNER VINEYARDS

Address: 955 Ballard Canyon Rd., Solvang, CA 93463

Phone: (805) 350-1435; (805) 688-7640

Email: info@larnervineyard.com; michael@larnervineyard.com?

Directions: See Google Maps - Larner Vineyard 

Details: Established in 2001, the family owned and operated Larner Vineyard has quickly risen to acclaim in the wine world including praise by renowned wine critics. Larner sells wine to Santa Barbara boutique wineries which appreciate the wine’s distinct personality.

The estate is planted mostly with Grenache, Viognier, Syrah, and Viognier along with lesser amounts of Malvasia Bianca and Mourvedre. Owner Michael Larner and family, who run the vineyard, are known for their meticulous attention to detail at every level producing premium quality grapes.

LA VIE VINEYARDS

Address: Storefront and Winery, 308 North 9th St, Unit D, Lompoc CA 93463
Phone: (805) 291-2111

Email: zionvines@hotmail.com 

Hours: 11am-5pm Fri-Sat; Sunday by appointment. 

Details:

Located in the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA), La Vie Vineyards is a 40-acre estate that grows organic Pinot Noir grapes.

The vineyards are run by Ariel and Angela Lavie who also produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier. Grapes are sourced from various local vineyards including Clos Pepe Vineyard, Sweeney Canyon Vineyard, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Mt. Zion Vineyard, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and Vigna Monte Nero, and Devery Vineyard.

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LUCAS & LEWELLEN VINEYARDS 

Address: 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang
Phone:
(805) 686-9336 

Hours: 11am-5:30pm daily

Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room (1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang): Includes wine tastings, gourmet foods, gifts, wine-related items. Children can play at the kids table while parents learn about wines. Readers of the Santa Ynez Valley News voted this the “Best Tasting Room in the Santa Ynez Valley. See Map.

Cost: $8 for Traditional List; White Wine List, or Fun Wine List; $12 for Reserve List or Bordeaux List; tastings are complementary for Wine Club members.

Mandolina Tasting Room: Taste Lucas & Lewellen Italian varietals. 

Details:

Lucas & Lewellen vineyards are located in Los Alamos Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Ynez Valley. 

The Goodchild & Old Adobe Vineyards on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria Valley. This vineyard is known for its prize-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. 

The Los Alamos Valley Vineyards are located between Alisos Canyon Road and Price Roads in Los Alamos and support more than 20 varieties of grapes including Italian varieties as well as Burgundy, Rhone, and Bordeaux varieties.

The Valley View Vineyard is located on Hill Haven Road in Santa Ynez Valley and grows some of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

MELVILLE VINEYARDS AND WINERY

Address: 5185 East Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: (805) 735-7030

Email: info@melvillevineyards.com

Hours: 11am-4pm daily.

Details: 

Established by Ron Melville and his sons Chad and Brent in 1996, Melville Vineyards and Winery is located in the Santa Rita Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. 

The estate focuses on Rhone varietals including Northern Rhone Syrah and Viognier. The ideal microclimate is known for its coastal winds and cool temperatures including foggy mornings which extend the growing season and intensify the flavors to produce optimal Burgundian grape varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Northern Rhone Syrah.

The soil at the Melville vineyards is mostly Lompoc dune sand along with loamy clay and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale that create grapes with a natural acidity and flavor balance. 

Currently planted are 255,000 vines of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along with Rhone varietals Viognier and Syrah over an area of 139 acres in two Santa Rita locations as well as the Los Alamos Vineyard Called Verna’s Vineyard located in Cat Canyon which is two miles north of Los Alamos. These grapes are sold to various Santa Barbara wineries including Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Samsara Wine Co., Bonaccorsi Wine Company, Brewer-Clifton, and Whitcraft Winery.

The Melville’s also have a charming two-story winery that looks like a Mediterranean Villa amidst oaks, poplars, sycamore trees and laveder bushes. The Tasting Room is encased in a rotunda of French doors and overlooks a scenic courtyard and garden.

MOSBY WINERY AND VINEYARD

Address: 9496 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton, CA 93427

Email: mosbywines@yahoo.com

Phone: (800) 70-MOSBY [(800) 706-6729]; (805) 688-2415

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri; 10-5, Sat-Sun.

Details:

Located just one-fourth mile south of Buellton on Santa Rosa Road, Mosby Winery and Vineyard is run by Bill Mosby and his wife Jeri. The vineyard is called Vigna della Casa Vecchia after the historic 1853 De la Cuesta Adobe where Bill and Jeri live.

The vineyard was established in 1977 and expanded in 1991, and the tasting room is located in a red barn (red carriage house) on the property. The region is known for its ocean breezes coming from Gaviota to the south as well as Lompoc to the west. The region’s clay and loam soils support about 18 acres of Italian grape varietals including Sagrantino, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto.

The Mosbys specializes in growing and vinification of fine Italian varietals of wine as well as grappa, wild plum and raspberry distallatos. He has created award winning Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, and other wines.

Directions: See Google Map - Mosby Winery and Vineyard

MUNICIPAL WINEMAKERS

Hours: 11am-6pm, Sat.-Sun. and by appointment.

Address: 28 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Phone: (805) 931-MUNI (6864)
Email: dave@municipalwinemakers.com Details:

Details:

Municipal Winemakers crafts small lots of premium wines.

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OREANA WINERY

Address: 205 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone: (805) 962-5857

Email: Ashley@oreanawinery.com; Christian@oreanawinery.com

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-5pm daily 

Details:

Known for its fabulous parties as well as its great wines, Oreana Winery creates small batches of Pinot Noir as well as sizable Red Table Wines and Sparkling Wines. They are located just two blocks from the beach and two blocks from State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, and production is currently at about 10,000 cases though some lots are as small as 20 cases. 

Under the direction of winemaker Christian Garvin, Oreana produces Pinot Noir, Malbec, Syrah, and special blends. Their Pinots as well as their Sparkling Wines have received favorable reviews in the Wall Street Journal, the Wine Spectator, and the Wine Enthusiast.

The festive parties hosted by Oreana include their popular Cinema in the Cellar, Evening of Sea Shanty talent show, a Beatles Moon Harvest Party, and their annual RocktoberFest concert series among others. One party featuring only a lone bagpipe player created a standing room only crowd. Oreana Winery has a tasting room, gourmet gift shop, wine shop, and a fully functioning winery.

Directions: Google Map to Oreana Winery

PAIGE 23 WINES

Phone: (805) 686-0015

Email: paige.wines@verizon.net 

Details:

Joe Kalina began planting JK Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley in 1989 with Syrah and Chardonnay grapes and the JK label was created. Joe lives on the vineyard with his wife Jackie. Paige 23 offers Syrah wine from their estate JK Vineyard and also offers Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc.

PALMINA WINES

Address: 1520 E. Chestnut Court, Lompoc, California 93436

Phone: (805) 735-2030

Email: info@PalminaWines.com

Tasting Hours: 11am-4pm, Thurs-Sun; other times by appointment.

Cost: $10 per person; includes wines and Italian snacks. Free for wine club members. See Two for One Coupon.

Directions: See MapQuest for Palamina.

Details:

A range of Italian varietal wines are produced by winemakers Steve and Chrystal Clifton at Palmina which was founded in 1995. Visitors can sample Palmina’s latest wines from Thursday to Sunday at their Enoteca. Also served is cheese and delicious homemade salami.

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PRESIDIO VINEYARD & WINERY

Hours: 11am-6pm

Address: 1603 Copenhagen Drive, #1, Solvang

Phone: (805) 693-8585

Email: info@presidiowinery.com 

Details:

The Presidio Vineyard is an organic vineyard of Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay located to the west of the Santa Rita Hills. There is a strong focus on using natural techniques to ensure that the soil is healthy and well-balanced to produce a fruit with optimal aromatics.

The unique trellising system utilized by Presidio keeps the vines closer to the ground so more refracted heat reaches the clusters of grapes. In addition, the Guyot Simple French training system employs a 9-bud cane with the goal of restricting yields while increasing the density of the vine which creates root competition that results in ultra-premium grapes. Most of the wines produced by Presidio are unfined and unfiltered, and instead bottled straight from the highest quality French oak barrels to retain the wine’s taste constituents and aromatics.

As a result of millennia of marine deposits as well as geological movements, the vineyards at Presidio sit atop Monterey shale that consists mostly of calcium carbonate and diatomite, with clay and loamy soils near the surface providing good drainage.

Presidio’s vineyard is certified organic and also farmed biodynamically. The southern facing hills provide optimal conditions for the Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. All fruit is hand picked and immediately taken to the crushing facility to avoid any deterioration of the flavor chemistry. 

QUINTA SANTA ROSA VINEYARD - PRODIGAL WINES

Address: PO Box 957, Los Olivos CA 93441-0957
Phone: (805) 688-0476

Email: info@ProdigalWines.com 

Details:

Sourcing grapes from their Quinta Santa Rosa Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills, Prodigal is family owned and operated by Stephen Russell and his wife Mary.

Quinta Santa Rosa is located in the southeast part of Santa Rita Hills where morning fogs give way to sunny afternoons and then cooling onshore winds. This unique microclimate and the region’s sedimentary and limestone soils provide ideal conditions for Pinot Noir. Visits by appointment only.

QUPE WINE CELLARS

Address: 2963 Grand Avenue, Suite B, Los Olivos

Phone: (805) 686-4200

Email: tastingroom@qupe.com

Tasting Room Hours: 11 am-5pm daily 

Details:

Located in Santa Maria’s Bien Nacido Vineyard, Qupe produces Chardonnay and Rhone wine varietals. Qupe focuses on making wines that are well balanced and may be enjoyed in their youth though may also benefit from aging due their fine acidity resulting from the cool vineyards. Qupe sources grapes from local Santa Barbara County vineyards as well as from San Luis Obispo County. Qupe shares a production facility and sales support staff with Au Bon Climat.

RUSACK VINEYARDS

Address: 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., Solvang, CA 93463

Phone: (805) 688-1278
Hours: 11am-5pm, Mon.-Sun.

Cost: $9, includes crystal logo glass.

Details: One of Santa Barbara’s boutique wineries, Rusack is located in Ballard Canyon between Los Olivos and Solvang and is dedicated to growing high quality grapes and producing fine wines.

Rusack’s tasting room has a lovely redwood deck surrounded by old oak trees as well as a custom tasting bar and award-winning wines. Rusack also runs their Anacapa Cellar Club that give members and their friends free wine tastings. Large groups need to call ahead for reservations.

The vineyards at Rusack were originally planted about three decades ago though the Rusack Vineyards name was established in 1995 by Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack. In 2003 the vineyards were replanted using the optimal varietals and newest technology suited to the location. 

Plantings include Sangiovese, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc with smaller lots of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Semillon, Grenache, and Petit Verdot. Rusack also sources grapes from the area including Santa Ynez Valley as well as Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley. The husband and wife winemaking team of John and Helen Falcone joined Rusack Vineyards in 2001.

Directions to Rusack Vineyards: From Santa Barbara drive north on Hwy. 101 to Buellton and turn on to Hwy. 246, the Solvang/Lompoc exit. Turn right at the end of the offramp, heading toward Solvang on Hwy. 246. Go about three-quarters of a mile through Buellton and turn left on Ballard Canyon Road just past Thumbelina Drive. Follow Ballard Canyon Road to the T-intersection where you turn left and then go about two miles where you will see Rusack Vineyards on the left side of the road.

From the north follow Hwy. 101 to the Hwy. 154 exit and go left. Follow 154 for about 5 miles where you will turn right on Foxen Canyon Rd., followed almost immediately by another right turn onto Ballard Canyon Rd. which you follow until you see Rusack vineyard on the right. The total distance from Hwy. 154 is about 3.4 miles.

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SAGEBRUSH ANNIE’S 

Address: 4211 Highway 33, Maricopa
Phone:
(805) 661-766-2319 

Email: larry@sagebrushannies.com 

Wine Tasting Hours: 11:30-am-5pm, Sat-Sun.

Restaurant Hours: 5pm-8:30pm, Fri-Sun, reservations required - call (805) 661-766-2319

Details: 

Though not located in Santa Barbara County, this is included as a good stop when going too and from Santa Barbara form the south. This vineyard and restaurant are run by the mom and pop team Larry and Karina Hogan. Dining is offered on weekend evenings. The small winery provides tastes of Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Larry Hogan’s first vineyard was planted in 1982 and was in the Cuyama Valley, Ventucopa area, and the first commercial vineyard in the region. The first wines were produced from the vineyard in 1985. Today grapes cover more than 750 acres of the region, and the wines of both Sagebrush Annie’s and Stone Pine Estate labels, both planted and tended by the Hogans, have won dozens of awards including best Cabernet Sauvignon at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

The scenic view from Sagebrush Annie’s, which is located in Cuyama Valley’s southeastern corner, takes in great views of the Cuyama sunset over the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Directions to Sagebrush Annie’s: Located on Hwy. 33 about one hour southwest of Bakersfield and one hour north of Ojai. From Bakersfield follow Hwy. 119 to Hwy. 166 in Maricopa, then Hwy. 133 south in Cuyama Valley. From Los Angeles follow Interstate 5 north to Frazier Park and then west through Lockwood Valley. 

SANFORD WINERY

Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (800) 426-WINE; (805) 735-5900

Hours: Open daily 11am-5pm except some holidays.

Tours: By appointment only. Call (805) 735-5900,ext.7025 for cost and availability.

Tasting Room: Yes.

Tasting Cost: $10, includes souvenir wine glass. Groups of ten or more need reservations.

Details: The Tasting Room at Sanford Winery is located next to the estate vineyards and the charming stone and adobe winery at Rancho La Rinconada in Santa Rita Hills. Larger groups and special events enjoy the big terraces in both the front and back providing a great view of the vineyards and winery.
The tasting room and also the La Rinconada winery are noted by Wine & Spirits Magazine for their outstanding architecture that includes over 15,000 adobe bricks (handmade) as well as California stone. The climate of the growing area at Sanford is compared to France’s Burgundy province and is renowned for producing fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The first Pinot Noir in this region - which was certified as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2001) - was planted at Sanford & Benedict in 1971 along with Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir produced by Sanford within this Santa Rita Hills AVA has been distinguished among the world’s finest. The regions mountain valleys, which run from west to east rather than north to south, lead to the sea which provides a cooling influence that is good for the grape production.

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is located on Talinda Oaks Ranch in Lompoc and owned by the Terlato family. This particular vineyard is distinguished as being one of the United States’ five most important vineyards for Pinot Noir (Wine Enthusiast Magazine; June, 2005).

The soil has excellent drainage and in recent years there have been new plantings with the best rootstocks and clones. About 135 acres of the 500-acre ranch are planted in grapes including about 52 acres of Chardonnay and 68 acres of Pinot Noir (from a Mt. Eden clone) along with other varietals arrayed over 15 acres.

The Rancho La Rinconada Vineyard is located in Lompoc and was planted in 1997 due to the great success of the Sanford & Benedict vineyards. About 130 acres of the 438-acre ranch are planted in grapes. The plantings include 70 acres of Chardonnay as well as 60 acres of Pinot Noir from three different clones.

Directions to Sanford Winery:

From the south follow Hwy. 101 north to the Santa Rosa Road exit (#139) which is located just to the south of the main Solvang/Buellton exit. Turn left at the stop sign and go over the freeway to the next stop sign, then turn left onto Santa Rosa Road going west. Follow Santa Rosa for about 10 miles until you reach 5010 Santa Rosa Road where you will see the entrance to the Sanford Wintery Tasting Room on your left. 

From the north follow Hwy. 101 south to the Santa Rosa Road exit (#139) which is located just to the south of the main Solvang/Buellton exit. Turn right at the stop sign, then immediately left onto Santa Rosa Road going west. Follow Santa Rosa for approximately 10 miles until you reach 5010 Santa Rosa Road where you will see the entrance to the Sanford Wintery Tasting Room on the left. See Sanford Winery Map.

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SANTA BARBARA WINERY

Address: 202 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101

Phone: (805) 963-3633

Directions: See Map to Santa Barbara Winery

Details:

Santa Barbara’s first post-prohibition winery was founded in 1962 by Pierre Lafond. In 1964, Lafond opened a winery facility on Anacapa Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Today the Santa Barbara Winery has grown and has produced many award winning wines.

In 1972, with the assistance of viticulturist Bill Collins, Lafond planted 65 acres with Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay in the Santa Ynez Valley. The first crop was harvested in 1975. Winemaker Bruce McGuire was hired in 1981 beginning the winery’s modern era of distinguished wines.

Soon new equipment was installed including stemmers and crushers, and Pinot Noir was planted on the Santa Ynez property along with the Rhone varietal Syrah.

A new Lafond Winery was opened on Santa Rosa Road in the fall of 2000 and a visitor area opened in spring of 2001. Bruce McGuire is president of Lafond Winery and Santa Barbara Winery.

David Lafond is the general manager of Lafond Winery and Vineyards, managing both the winery and the vineyards.

Pierre Lafond, who has lived in Santa Barbara since 1957, remains as the founder and also the Chairman. Along with his wife, Wendy Foster, Pierre runs several local businesses including gourmet markets, a gift store, and clothing shops.

SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD

Address: 2570 Prell Road, Santa Maria
Phone:
(714) 630-0299

Email: doug@sierramadrevineyard.com

Details:

Located on the western edge of Santa Maria Valley, Sierra Madre Vineyard is also the northernmost vineyard in the valley and benefits from well-drained, sandy and loamy soil and an ideal climate that produces low-yielding, vibrant grape vines with small berries that possess the intense, concentrated flavors for making ultra-premium wines.

Located about fifteen miles from the sea, Sierra Madre benefits from the marine influences of this unique valley that is said to be the coolest grape growing area in California, produces top quality Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay. The climate creates a cool growing season that slows the ripening process which allows the grapes to develop their taste intensity as well as their overall structure.

Sierra Madre’s vineyards were originally planted in 1971. The fields now contain about 11 acres of Pinot Gris, 6 acres of Pinot Blanc, 91 acres of Chardonnay, and 64 acres of Pinot Noir.


SWEENEY CANYON VINEYARD

Address: P.O. Box 1313, Buellton, CA 93427
Phone: (805) 736-7466

Email: info@sweeneycanyon.com; chris@sweeneycanyon.com

A family owned and operated vineyard, Sweeney Canyon is located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area). The Marks family planted the vineyard beginning in 1980 and has continued to farm the land with Chardonnay grapes that are purchased by major local wineries including Firestone, Babcock, LaFond, Sanford, Brewer-Clifton, Gainey, Longoria, Melville, and Santa Barbara. 

Eighteen and one-half acres of the Wente clone were planted on their own roots in the vineyard’s deep loamy, gravely soil created by the Santa Ynez River. The vineyards sit on a bench overlooking the river where the roots penetrate the alluvium and produce premium grapes in the ideal microclimate where the family has dry-farmed the vines for more than two decades. 

The grapes of Sweeney Canyon Vineyard are known for their strong aromatics as well as distinct acidity, texture, and fruit flavors. They produce small lots of their own wine including Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir from their own cuttings. 

The climate of the region is known for its cool nights, sunny days, and an extended growing season that allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their distinct acidity even while the sugars reach levels of 25 degrees brix and more resulting in a wine exhibiting fruity and spicy flavors that improve in the barrel, bottle, and glass.

With Chris Marks in the vineyard, Kristi as the winemaker and Krska helping, three generations of family help with the process. All the wine they make was planted by them and made by them. 

Varieties currently available include the 2000 Chardonnay (with ample acidity and aromas of pear, pineapple and lemon), 2001 Chardonnay with notes of citrus and flint-like minerality), 2006 Chardonnay - Early Bottling (with ginger and spice aromas followed by tropical fruit flavors), 2006 Chardonnay with ginger and honeysuckle notes and vanilla and dried apricot tones), 2006 Pinot Noir (with aromas of currants and black pepper), and a 2006 Pinot Noir (with currants and black pepper aromas followed by leather and cherry tobacco).

SUNSTONE VINEYARD AND WINERY

Address: 125 North Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA, 93460

Phone: (808) 688-9463

Hours: 10am-4pm daily.

Tasting Room: Yes. Private tastings may be reserved for an additional fee. Prior reservations are required for groups of ten or more. Groups without reservations may be accepted if space is available.

Cost: $10 Tasting Fee.

Details: Located just a 1/2-hour drive north of Santa Barbara, Sunstone Winery is in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country. Reminiscent of a winery on the countryside of France, Sunstone features a wood-burning oven as well as stone barrel-aging caves that are built into the hillside.

The charming winery and tasting room is located on terraces that overlook the Santa Ynez mountains and river. The vineyards span over 56 acres and are maintained by the Rice family who use bio-sustainable and organic farming practices, meeting the standards for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF standards).

The organic vineyard estate is planted with Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. The estate’s winemaker, Daniel Gehrs, was formerly with Zaca Mesa Winery when it produced a wine designated as one of the top ten wines in the world by Wine Spectator.

The terrain at Sunstone features rocky, sandy soil while the ideal grape-growing climate experiences warm and breezy afternoons, cook evenings, and often moist fog in the early morning.

A notable feature at Sunstone Vineyard and Winery is the stone barrel-aging caves that encompass more than 5,000 square feet. The estate’s courtyard, aging caves, and tasting room are all used for various special events including winemaker dinners.

Directions to Sunstone Vineyard and Winery: Follow Hwy. 101 to Buellton and go east on Hwy. 246. Follow 246 through Solvang and continue on to Refugio Road where you will turn right. Follow Refugio until you see the signs for Sunstone Vineyard and Winery.

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TORETTI’S FAMILY VINEYARD

Address: 2108 Quail Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455

Phone: (805) 714-0622
Email: info@torettisfamilyvineyard.com 

Details: Located at an elevation of 600 feet above sea level, Toretti’s Family Vineyard is about 13 miles from the sea and benefits from the night fogs and afternoon sun that warms Santa Maria Valley

The Pinot Noir vines at Toretti’s were planted in 2000 over an area of five acres of the ten acre estate. Known for their elegant complexity, Toretti’s wines include Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Pinot Noir Blanc.

TRE ANELLI

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 513, Los Olivos, CA 93441 

Tasting Room: 2923 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA

Tasting Room Hours: 11-5 daily

Phone: (805) 686.3000

Email: info@treanelliwine.com

Details: Reflecting a sense of the Old World Italian and Spanish mystique as well as the New World Santa Barbara County style, Tre Anelli wines has introduced a new label and winery tasting room from the Consilience team. The partnership involves winemaker Brett Escalera and Tom Daughters along with Ken Daughters. The grapes used include old world Spanish and Italian varietals yet the winemaking style is distinctly new world.

TRES HERMANAS VINEYARD & WINERY

Address: 9660 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria
Phone: (805) 937-8451
Email:  info @ treshermanaswinery.com

Winemaker Email: luke @ treshermanaswinery.com

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily.

Details: 

Established in 2001 when Marvin and Paulette Teixeira planted a small vineyard on their cattle ranch, Tres Hermans (Three Sisters) was named after the couple’s three daughters, Marcey, Tracey, and Stacey. The family’s cattle operation is still headquartered on the winery property. 

The first harvest at Tres Hermanas Vineyard & Winery took place in 2003 and the estate winemaking facility opened in 2007 along with a tasting room. Tres Hermanas focuses on creating fine Italian and French wines using grapes from local vineyards and also uses their own estate-grown Syrah.

VERDAD

Address: 2963 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA; P.O. Box 440, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Phone: (805) 686-4200; (805) 784-0747

Email: Louise@Qupe.com 

Hours: 11am-5pm daily

Details: Owners and winemakers Louisa Sawyer Lindquist and Bob Lindquist began by planting small blocks of Albariño and Tempranillo grape varietals at the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley. They experimented with clones as well as organic growing techniques. The wines are produced at Qupé Wine Cellars.

VOGELZANG VINEYARD

Address: 1129 State Street, Suite 3E, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone: (805) 568-0900
Email: info@vogelzangvineyard.com

Details:

Located in the Happy Canyon wine growing area which is known for its ability to produce fine Bordeaux varietals and warm weather Rhones, the Vogelzang Vineyard was planted in 1998 and benefits from soil combined with rock and rubble that provides good drainage as well as low vigor. 

The viticultural practices at Vogelzang Vineyard are monitored by Coast Vineyard Care and other consultants utilizing advanced technical practices including tight pruning, high density, parallel shoot positioning, and compost teas.

The Happy Canyon region is located in the southeastern corner of the Santa Ynez Valley where the morning fogs burn off sooner than the greater Santa Ynez Valley and the marine winds start blowing about 4 pm moderating the intensity of the heat. 

Through Winemaker Robbie Meyer Vogelzang Vineyard offers a Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Sauvignon Blanc Estate, and a Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.

WHITCRAFT WINERY & TASTING ROOM

Address: 36 A S. Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: 805-730-1680

Hours: 12-4pm, Fri-Sun

Details:

Owner Chris Whitcraft produces signature Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Lagrein wines. Most of his white wines and all of his red wines are not fined, filtered or pumped. 

Unlike most other wineries, Chris uses only the smallest possible amount of sulfur, and uses no other chemicals except natural yeast and in some cases natural acids.

ZACA MESA WINERY

Address: 6905 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Phone: (805) 688-9339

Email: zmail@zacamesa.com 

Hours: 10am-4pm daily. Tours by appointment.

Details:

Zaca Mesa Vineyard is located in the northernmost sector of of the Santa Ynez Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) about 30 miles from the Pacific in the east-west oriented valley known for its cool morning fogs and afternoon breezes. 

After purchasing their estate property in 1972, Zaca Mesa began planting in 1973 including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache, and Syrah. The first Syrah in Santa Barbara County was planted in 1978.

A winery was constructed in 1978 and expanded in 1981. In the early 1990s it was clear to Zaca Mesa that what thrived on the property was Grenaches, Syrah, Viognier, Mourvedre, and Roussane. The winery has been family owned for more than 25 years.

In 1995 Zaca Mesa Winery became the first of the Central Coast wineries to be listed among the Wine Spectator’s Top 10. In 1996 the Syrah of Zaca Mesa was served to French President Jacque Chirac by President Clinton at a White House State Dinner. Zaca Mesa wines were also served at the 80th birthday party of President Reagan.

The focus since 1997 has been on Rhone varietals and half of the original vines have been replaced with new rootstock and clone combinations including 9 clones of Syrah. Wines produced include several Rhone blends, Viognier, Syrah, Roussane, and Chardonnay.

Zaca Mesa has 244 plantable acres within its 750-acre estate which benefits from sandy loam soils with limestone in an area that was dunes in ancient times. 

The scenic grounds of Zaca Mesa winery include a life-sized chessboard, an oak-shaded picnic site, and a hiking trail.

Directions to Zaca Mesa Winery

From the south: Follow Hwy. 101 north past Santa Barbara to the Hwy. 154 exit just north of Buellton. Take the first left onto Zaca Station Rd which turns into Foxen Canyon Rd. where you will see Zaca Mesa Winery.

From the north: Follow Hwy. 101 south to the Hwy. 154 exit. Take the first left onto Zaca Station Rd which turns into Foxen Canyon Rd. where you will see Zaca Mesa Winery. 

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AVANT TAPAS AND WINE TASTING ROOM

Address: 35 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA, 93427

Phone: (805) 686-9400; (805) 929-6625.

Hours: 11am-8pm, Thurs.-Sun. 

Directions: See Google Maps-Avant Tapas and Wine.

Details:

The tasting room at Avant Tapas and Wine provides the fine wines of more than 30 different vinters who make their wine at the state-of-the-art Terravant Wine Company. 

Vinters pour their wines for you and you can also choose from 32 different wines (75 cents to $3 each - taste, half, or full glass) in a self-guided tour employing the cutting-edge wine station dispensers. The casual environment at Avant makes this a great location to enjoy tapas and also wine pairing events.

The sumptuous menu at Avant includes such treats as Picholine Olives, Grana Padana Parmesan, Olive Oil Roasted Almonds, Robiola Bosina, Tomato Pesto, Focaccia, White Shrimp, Caper Gremolata, Saffron Aioli, Crostini, Pebre, Grilled Bread, Gourmet Pizza, and much more. The dessert menu includes Pear Crostada and Chocolate Truffles.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VINTERS’ ASSOCIATION

Address: P.O. Box 1558, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460-1558

Phone: (805) 688-0881

Email: information@SBCountyWines.com 

Details: The Santa Barbara County Vinters’ Association sends out an email newsletter with up-to-date information on local vineyards and wineries as well as announcements about wine-related events.

The Vinters’ Association also publishes a nice map for touring the Santa Barbara Wine Country, including a list of all the members’ vineyards and tasting rooms. See Map.

SANTA BARBARA WINE CLUB - The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe hand picks wines to ship to members of this club who also receive other benefits including cafe discounts, free wine tastings at wineries in the region who participate in the program, and discounts with some local merchants. The Wine Club also profiles vineyards and tasting rooms and posts pictures. Particularly interesting are the profiles of the winemakers and their histories.

TITLE: TERRAVANT WINE COMPANY

Address: 70 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA, 93427-9567

Phone: (805)-686-9400

Directions: See Google Maps-Terravant.

Details: The Terravant Wine Co. is Santa Barbara County’s first full service wine industry support facility. Terravant offers full service custom crush and alternating proprietor service from the vine to the bottle including planning, crushing, fermenting, processing, aging, quality control, bottling, storing, distribution, and marketing of wines.

Small and medium-sized winemakers become licensed as Alternating Proprietors (AP Vinters) at the Terravant facility and thus do not have to contract for custom crush services. AP Vinters may also take advantage of Terravant’s marketing opportunities as well as a small producer tax credit.

In addition to the 40,000 square foot controlled and refrigerated warehouse for case goods storage, Terravant also has a state-of-the-art wine analysis laboratory as well as executive office space for wine industry professionals and winemakers. 

Also provided by Terravant are wine transport and fulfillment services connected to Santa Barbara County’s wine industry.

Santa Barbara Wine Country Special Events

SANTA BARBARA WINE FESTIVAL - CELEBRATION OF HARVEST

Every October in the heart of the grape harvest season the wine lovers of the Santa Barbara region are treated with an enjoyable a Celebration of Harvest where you can enjoy freshly-bottled wines as well as some of the finest wines offered by the region’s vinters.

In 2010 the event takes place on October 9th beginning at 1pm and running until 4pm. The Celebration Harvest will be held at the Rancho Sisquoc Winery in Santa Maria Valley where the scenic landscape is well-suited for a wonderful event.

Live music provides a fun afternoon for all as guests enjoy the sumptuous local treats provided by caterers and restaurants. There is also a Silent Auction where you can bid on some spectacular wines.

Thank you for visiting Wineries Santa Barbara - Your source for Santa Barbara Wine and Santa Barbara Wineries. Enjoying the wine Santa Barbara produces.


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