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The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much of the state’s wine regions, grape planting began with the Catholic missionaries to make wine for ceremonial mass. Though Santa Barbara can boast some of the earliest plantings, beginning in the 1780s with Father Junipero Serra bringing Mission grape cuttings from Mexico and planting them in what is now the Milpas Creek district. From there, mission vineyards spread to San Jose, Santa Cruz, Carpinteria and Goleta  (an adobe winery built there in 1804 has the distinction of being the area’s oldest landmark).

 
But also like most of California’s wine regions, production in Santa Barbara was hurt by the late 1800s Phylloxera crisis and further brought down by the Prohibition between 1921 to 1933. It wasn’t until the 1960s that a U.C. Davis study identified Santa Barbara County as a favorable wine-growing region due to its combination of soil types, geology, water and coastal Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

Subregions of Santa Barbara County

  • Santa Maria Valley

    The Santa Maria Valley AVA is located in the north of Santa Barbara County in California’s Cent...

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is a large subregion of Santa Barbara County within California’s Cent...

Popular Wineries in Santa Barbara County View all

  • Stolpman Vineyards

    The vineyards at the Stolpman estate enjoy the warm days and cool nights of Ballard Canyon, which...

  • Beckmen Vineyards

    Founded in 1994 by Tom and Steve Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery loc...

  • Shoestring Vineyard & Winery

    Pinot Grigio, Syrah-Rose, Sangiovese, Merlot & Syrah all International medal winners. Buy direct...

  • Koehler Winery

    Situated on the celebrated Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in the Santa Ynez Valley, Koehler Winery is lo...

  • Saarloos & Sons

    The Labels and Wines you find from SAARLOOS & sons are Extremely low production. Each wine is a ...

  • Margerum Wine Company

    We are a small producer of Syrah, a Rhone style blend called M5, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, ...

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  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Syrah Presidio Vineyard 2008

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    Attractive purple in the glassnot inky dark. Some rea fruit and, maybe, some anise on the nose. Very easy on the tongue red fruit flavorsplum, raspberry, and, maybe some tropical hints. At mid-to-rear palate, tannins emerge, more or less, negating the fruit flavors. When a bit of acid tartness kicks in, this becomes a refreshing wine. This i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese 2012

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    Very attractive red color in the glass. Not the biggest nose in the worldmostly, earthy, slightly musty herbal thing. Very light (for red wine) bodied, and, wow, tart. I love the acidity of Sangiovese-based Chianti, but this is way, way over the top. There are some red-fruit flavors herecherry, raspberrybut they are also very light. Its sim... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Zaca Mesa Syrah Mesa Reserve 2009

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    Lots of black fruit on introduction, but, happily, missing the sweet sensation that is usually associated with a fruit forward wine. On the other hand, there seems, in fact to be a slight bitterness similar to unsweetened cocoa, instead. As the wine moves towards the back and the edges of the tongue, refreshing acid tartness causes the bitter... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Oreana Cabernet-Syrah Blend Santa Barbara County 2004

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    Light color red wine. Structure developed a bit after opened with a few overnights in the fridge. Acidic, red raspberries, overall balanced through the acid. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Ojai Vineyard Kick On Ranch Pinot Noir 2010

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    Something of an herbal nose with hints of stone fruit. On the tongue it is immediately and not terribly big wine. There are fruit flavorssome strawberry, some cherry. The upper palate gets the fruit sweetness part. A pleasant wine. I question its age-worthiness, but, right now, it is perfect to accompany a casual meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Andrew Murray Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2013

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    Another vintage, another really nice wine. Fruit on the front with a touch of spice and some smooth tannins on the finish. Great value syrah. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Santa Barbara Landing Santa Barbara County Riesling 2013

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    Surprisingly good for the money with a beautiful nose of honeysuckle, rose petal and peach. Not quite acid balanced but has fairly rich fruit. Probably 1% RS. A great value. My rating 88. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Santa Barbara Landing Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2013

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    This wine has minimal fruit and is simple and is priced that way too. Their Riesling is much better. My rating 82. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Kynsi Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Kynsi Winery Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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