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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Varietals Produced in Santa Barbara View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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

  • Barnwood Vineyards

    Laetitia Vineyard & Winery has a prestigious heritage, rich in French tradition that is still evi...

  • Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Huber Cellars

    The Huber Estate was established in 1986, and the first vines were planted in 1987, making it one...

  • Blair Fox Cellars

    Blair Fox Cellars is a small 500 case ultra-premium boutique label which specializes in hand-craf...

  • Ampelos Cellars

    Our vineyards and winery are managed in a very intensive, hands-on way, which we believe is the o...

  • Casa Cassara Winery & Tasting Room

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

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • Do like that area, Mark. My extended family almost built some houses right on ... hustling up from Ventura or Santa Barbara to the Bay Area. I despise the monotony of I-5, so usually went that wa Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Puerta del Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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    So much light is coming through the glass on this oneits almost closer to a rose than a red. A bit of a funky nose that blows off fairly quickly. Light red fruit on entrystrawberry, plum, raspberry. Amazingly sharp tartness. Some bitterness or minerality way in the back palate. An enjoyable, if not epic, wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Taz Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Fiddlestix 2007

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    MI piace un pò di meno Read More

    Wine review by cane


  • The Ojai Vineyard White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese 2015

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    Pretty ruby color in the glass. Kind of a barnyard nose. Seriously tart red cherry on the tip of the tongue. This wine is not unlike a Chianti. Surprise! Inoffensive, but, sadly, also not revelatory. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Thanks for that Mark. Easy to drink wines that have little complexity seems to ... has been the Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara. It reportedly has a splash of Mondeuse in it that hit the spot. It had a tannic bite on the finish that added interest.http://veritywines.com/wp-content/uploads/import-data/wine_file/tech_sheet/abc-sb-pinot-tech.p Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Perhaps earlier cheap-and-good PN posts from that other thread can be migrated ... easy to drink.Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County          Ponzi Tavola&nbs Read More

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  • Ken Brown Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Santa Rita Hills 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by timad2000


  • Arcadian Stolpman Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2006

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Paul, I'll have to try and find a bottle of the Hahn SLH. I've been ... recommend the Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara and Ponzi Tavola. I recently bought an entry level wine from Fess Parker,I'll let you know what I think of it when I drink it.   &nbs Read More

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  • Rusack Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate 2013

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    Light red fruit on entryplum, mostly. Savoriness, some earthiness, very moderate tannin and very moderate acid. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine. Definitely a drink now wine, not a candidate for taking up cellar space. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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