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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  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Au Bon Climat

    Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationall...

  • Huber Cellars

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

  • Summerland Winery

    Summerland Winery is a boutique winery dedicated to the production of fine wines from the Central...

  • Barnwood Vineyards

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

  • Blackjack Ranch Winery

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

  • Hitching Post

    The Buellton Hitching Post was established in 1986, but our roots started at the Casmalia Hitchin...

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You ... a Triumph Bonneville from Santa Barbara up PCH (as much as possible) to Mendocino in a couple of days, then learned an emergency meant I needed to be in Walla Walla the next day so rode straight through overnight. Was walking bowlegged for a day or two after that.Mark, tha... Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... 2006  ... UBER Syrah, Santa Barbara, 2008 $60/7,000 JPYLUNA Meritage, Napa "Canto Vineyard" 2000 $60/7,000 JPYParaduxx by Duckhorn, Meritage, Napa "Mallards" $40/4,500 JPYJordan CS, Sonoma 2,000 (no label) $70/8,000 JPYWilliams-Selym Port, Central Coast "Mistral Vineyard... Read More

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  • Melville Estate Verna's Syrah 2013

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    Rich and filling with blueberry, meaty tones, pepper, sage and medium tannins and bright acidity leads to medium length finish. Well melded now this is readt to drink. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Melville Estate Verna's Syrah 2013

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  • Melville Estate Verna's Syrah 2013

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  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2015

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    Medium light in body. Subtle fruit on the nose with sour cherries on the palate and noticeable greenish tannins on the finish. Guessing there was some stem inclusion. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Stephen, you might try to get ahold of some of the Jonata wines from Santa Barbara. They are more than merely interesting, and a lot cheaper than Screaming Eagle.Looks like Kroenke chose an interesting Burgundy property for purchase. Don't think we'll be seeing its bottles' prices lowering in future, nor will GregT be likely purchasing them by t... Read More

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  • The Eagle Screams into Burgundy Screaming Eagle Owner Buys Majority Stake ... in both Screaming Eagle and Santa Barbara winery Jonata in 2009.)&nbs Read More

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  • Oh, just remembered some of the class Chardonnay in CA. Definitely ... Cruz, ... Cruz, Napa, SonomaHowever Santa Barbara in the South does very well with Chardonnay. Most of my experience is with Liquid Farm, but I hear Brewer-Clifton (from Charline) is doing great things, which is backed up by critical acclai Read More

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  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... directly. I ... Smoke 2008 Santa Barbara County "Ten" Pinot Noir  |  2 in stock  |  $99.99 Sea Smoke 2008 Santa Rita Hills Southing Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $69.99 Sea Smoke 2009 Santa Barbara County "Ten" Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $89.99 Sea Smoke 201... Read More

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