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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Melville Winery

    Welcome to Melville Vineyards and Winery! Come by our tasting room and sample our current Estate ...

  • Carina Cellars

    In the southern hemisphere the constellation Argo Navis is separated into three star clusters: Ve...

  • Curtis Winery

    Why Rhônes? Because they are an alternative to the beaten path. Because they are delicious as wel...

  • Blackjack Ranch Winery

    Blackjack Ranch is the product of 30 years of imagination and preparation. At the age of 14, I be...

  • Barnwood Vineyards

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

  • Drew Family Cellars

    Jason Drew began his winemaking odyssey in 1980, when he helped plant his uncle’s vineyard in the...

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • 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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    No written review

    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


  • Beckman Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2013

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    Wonderful effort here. Bright red fruit, a touch of blackberry add to earthiness, sweet black cherry tannins and good acidity to give this a fresh, lingering finish. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Beckman Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


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