Santa Maria Valley Wine

The Santa Maria Valley AVA is located in the north of Santa Barbara County in California’s Central Coast. A portion of it also lies within San Luis Obispo County, with the Cuyama River marking its divide from Santa Barbara. The wide, open valley benefits from cool air and fog that comes in from the Pacific Ocean, contributing to moderate temperatures and a long growing season to balance out grape structures.

Santa Maria Valley shares its grape-growing history with many other nearby regions: Franciscan missionaries planted vineyards for ceremonial wine in the 1800s, immigrants and settlers expanded the industry into the 20th century, Phylloxera and Prohibition leveled it and other crops grew in the place of wine grapes. 
Wine-makers saw potential in the region in the 1960s and starting replanting and rejuvinating the industry once again. Today, Santa Maria Valley is home to many well-regarded vineyards, with Pinot Noir, Syrah (which likes the higher elevations of some parts of Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Viognier

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

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  • Toretti 2011


    Oh... Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs... I am a big fan of the French wines, I made it to Napa... and yet... I have a soft spot in my heart (and mouth) for the beauty of the many flavors of their Pinot Noirs. Mr. Toretti knows what he is doing too: silky, yet firm, and sophisticated, this wine will go well with almost any foods (not sure about ... Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida

  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Clark & Telephone Vineyard 2007


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    Wine review by gman30341

  • Tantara Syrah Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2009


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  • Darren--'09 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Block 28 Zin and ... ... ... more than Santa Ynez/Santa Maria Valleys and much more than Paso Robles.  I will give the edge to Sta. Rita Hills for the time being, but stay tuned for updates.Going Italian, tonight. (Last Bottle pose): It's 80 (Fahrenheit) degrees here in the Inland Empire.  So, i... Read More

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  • I bought a 2007 Qupé Hillside Estate Syrah 1.5L Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley from Invino a couple years ago. We drank it during Thanksgiving this past year.  It was fine, but maybe should have stayed in the bottle for few more years.  I think it may have been in the "dumb phase" that some people talk about.Interesting aside about the... Read More

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  • Kynsi Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012


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  • Kynsi Winery Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2012


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  • Stateland Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2012


    Sugary lemon drop on the nose. A Reddi-Whip can to the palate, this Chardonnay is masquerading as an unctuously delicious Viognier from the Condrieu. Peas and carrots combine with dark wheat to produce the banana split of California Chardonnay -- with a cherry on top. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo

  • Stateland Cellars Santa Maria Valley Reserve Pinot Noir


    Cherry cola kick with a kind, clean acidity. Baked currant tart and a vague essence of funk on the finish. A wine fit for a Pinot lover, for certain. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo

  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Elder Series Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012


    Testarossa Winery's final vintage of the Bien Nacido Vineyard wines. Severing a 17 year relationship, this final vintage is wonderful memory of the many spectacular vintages from this Santa Barbara county designate. Smooth, flavorful, and long lasting finish. Hopefully, they'll meet again. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

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