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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

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

  • Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard

    Stephan Bedford was born in the wrong century. His reverence for the past and an appreciation for...

  • Alchemy Wine Productions

    Alchemy Wine Productions combines the forces  of Nic & Gracey Donahue, two free-spirited indivi...

  • Thorne Wine

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

  • Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery

    Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post wines are made by Buellton Hitching Post owner/chef Frank Ostini and...

  • Drew Family Cellars

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

  • Mandolina

    Originally planted from cuttings brought from Italy's legendary vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen's Ita...

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • Stolpman Syrah "Originals" Santa Ynez Valley 2008

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    Woody, somewhat fruityberriesnose. Whoapractically, no fruit to speak of on introduction to the palatealmost a neutral sensation. Some tartnessreminiscent of plumon the edges of the tongue, then something of a hit of tannin. Interestingly, most of the flavor of this on is way in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Buttonwood Farm Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    A dark maroon color. Big bold cabernet flavor so it's great for steak or lamb, preferably grilled. Blackberry, cinnamon, tobacco and clove/star anise. Read More

    Wine review by zmapman


  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many ... ... Mainly In Napa and some in Santa Barbara (San Yenez)  Am also curious (and indicated that in my response) as to what demographics you're targeting for the crowdfunding/outside investor portion. One of OT's bullets makes it clear that you're not going entirely bottom end yet o... Read More

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  • Stateland Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2012

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    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

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    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


  • Buttonwood Farm Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    Love at first sniff. I'm on the farm, in the dirt, sunny day with black olive rain. A great example of what a few years can do to soften tannins. But make no mistake -- these tannins are not limp nor weak: They SING across the palate. Fresh tobacco, sweet spice, and plum dance on the tongue. All the best of Santa Ynez. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


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

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    Testarossa Winery's final vintage of the Bien Nacido Vineyard wines. Severing a ... a ... 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


  • Byron Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Welcome, TFM.  You will find several fellow Californians who post here ... ... have you been tasting in Santa Barbara, latel Read More

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  • I am new to Snooth, excited to learn more about wine. I'm located in Los ... of my wine tasting in the Santa Barbara area while occasionally going to Sonoma/ Napa near where the rents live. I tend to always gravitates towards hearty reds though I have nothing against a good and refreshing whit Read More

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