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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Huber Cellars

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

  • Barnwood Vineyards

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

  • Carr Vineyards & Winery

    Established in 1999, Carr Vineyards & Winery specializes in ultra-premium, limited production ...

  • Jaffurs Wine Cellars

    Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhone varietal wines with a new-world indepe...

  • Consilience

    Our goal at Consilience is simply to make the most expressive & reliably high quality wines possi...

  • Thorne Wine

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

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • Had the good fortune to attend a Masters of Wine, Syrah Panel Tasting on ... ... on ... I'd try another Santa Barbara Syrah, this was big and ripe and forgettable. Why not try a Chilean? Well, I wouldn't recommend buying this one, but it was there and was a bit different, but forgettable. As was the Portugese offering. One last takeaway, othe... Read More

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  • Purchased a nice wild caught Alaskan salmon filet today and threw it on the ... is Pinot so we opened this Santa Barbara beauty first.  Full of ripe red and black cherry, a hint of tar, a decent bite of acidity and a touch of menthol on the back end.Since it is Friday (this is a special day for some of us EM), and we drained that SB pinot fair... Read More

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  • Standing Sun Wild Mouse Rhone Blend Santa Barbara County 2012

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Ok, I'm sitting in on the VT.  No $100 Santa Barbara County Syrah for me. No arty label.No autographs.And no personalized delivery by the owner.This is the third of these that I have opened, and it keeps getting better.  Some flowers on the nose—orange blossom.  That’s a first for this wine.  Gentle hit of red fruit on introduction—hints of red ... Read More

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  • You will never see me certify a wine that costs $100 unless it is Monprivato.  Not from Santa Barbara at all, ever.  My max there is like $30 or something.I'm thinking this is not going to be one I make it to.  I think I will be reading DNA reports or painting baseboards or, well, anything.  (Or rewatching game 5 of the NBA Championships, unless... Read More

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  • I was pleased to see the e-mail in my in-box, this morning, announcig a Wine ... ... spendy to me for "Santa Barbara County" wine.  Unless, of course, we are talking about "OT Certified" or "Richard Foxall Certified" wines.  It that is the case, I may have to rethink my priorities.I noticed that the "QTY" boxes on the order forms for each of ... Read More

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  • Last night we drank a Lafond Syrah SRH from (duh!) the Santa Rita HIlls.  ... brought it  back from Santa Barbara, where the winery has a tasting room; she does that for me whenever she's down there because she's a great colleague and knows I like the wine.  She also got two bottles of Oregon PN in appreciation. This is a seriously good wine, ... Read More

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  • Very nice VV.  Wine certainly does taste better on holiday.Since Friday is ... and tasted wines from the Santa Barbara Winery - their Pinot Noir was quite good.  This wine shop (that we've stopped at quite a few times) has a deal with a few of the restaurants in this shopping area; you buy a wine over $25 and take it to the restaurant to drink ... Read More

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  • Rckr, congrats on the 35th!  The CFO and I celebrated our 35th in Santa Barbara in December - not too many of us make it that far so definitely open and enjoy some of the good stuff. Read More

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  • Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2012

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    One of the best SMV pinots I've ever had period. Sophisticated and complex with nuanced multi0berry fruits - cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, more - with earthy notes, vanilla and an interestingly twinge of brush and mocha. Bright acidity and juicy minerality lead to lengthy and complete aftertaste - excellent wine - best pinot of the celebration... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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