Santa Barbara Wine

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 old 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 climate conditions Read more »

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  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Santa Barbara

  • Santa Rita Hills

    The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is located within Santa Barbara County in California’s Central Coast re...

Popular Wineries in Santa Barbara View all

  • Thorne Wine

    The Thorne family planted their first 26 acres of grapes in the year 2000. At that time, there al...

  • Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

    When Fess Parker was cast in the roll of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950’s, it caused an interna...

  • Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

    Visit the Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room, located in the charming European village of So...

  • Casa Cassara Winery & Tasting Room

    We are a small 2500 case winery specializing in handmade wines from Santa Barbara County. Our Est...

  • Presidio Winery

    Presidio Vineyard & Winery was founded in 1991 from winemaker Douglas Braun’s concept of bringing...

  • Timeless Palates Wine

    Founded in 2005, La Fenêtre is my expression of classic style and technique in winemaking with ne...

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • Seaglass Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2011


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  • Seaglass Pinot Gris 2011


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  • If she's likening it to malolactic, once it's tamed we're talking ... publishing operation out of Santa Barbara that unfortunately bit the dust awhile back) book of interviews with the pioneers in the CA wine industry circa end-'70s. I was going to use the model in another context and talked with the publisher, the compiler/interviewer and one... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Sandler Bien Nacido Santa Maria Pinot Noir 2011


    Peaches, pears, and apricot on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Ok, so here are my reasons for not being enthralled:Hate Livermore and Amador ... too much ETOH.Even my fave Santa Barbara Syrah did not bowl me over after I sourced it (after tasting at Rhone rangers)I went to Paul Marcus (bout 2yrs ago), spent an INORDINATE amount of time with a really sweet guy, talking syrah- he spent an HOUR with me.  He ... Read More

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  • Fess Parker Pinot Noir Parker Station 2012


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  • I was thinking more that it's time for a professional like Spurrier to take ... in Sonoma, Carneros, Napa, Santa Barbara, Mendocino, etc., not to mention many places in Washington. And from nearly nothing it's like the fifth most planted grape in Spain these days and it's done well in parts of South Africa and Chile. And from different regions ... Read More

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  • Lagier Meredith, of course. Have plent of that to share as does OT I imagine.I ... the White Hawk vineyard in Santa Barbara, which I'd be obliged to d Read More

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  • Think I understand where you're coming from on the Copain, Greg. Actually ... you time the traffic right Santa Barbara and Ojai aren't too far off, and the drive can be a most pleasant one once you zip up then get off the freeways. Or better yet start at dawn and suck up all that sea air on the way via PCH with sunroof and windows open if no c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

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