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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • Carina Cellars

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

  • Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Summerland Winery

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

  • Drew Family Cellars

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

  • Curtis Winery

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

  • Blair Fox Cellars

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

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  • Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  •   AU BON CLIMAT La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2009 and 2010Are these worth picking up at around USD 40-50 per bottle  Read More

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  • Sea Glass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2014

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    Not a bad entry level pinot and well worth $10. It has a dark cherry profile that adds richness with an earthiness and touch of spice. Good daily drinker. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I know the SEA GLASS Wines (Santa Barbara County).....good value indeed!Thanks for posting, RCKR 1951! Read More

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  • Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Syrah 2014

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    Wine review by mmelko


  • Jacqueline Bahue Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection and to me, a fine Pinot Noir. Pale translucent Ruby Red in the Glass. Opens with loads of fruit - ripe Cherry and Cranapple then moves off to earth, herbs, and Cherry, and then some vanilla/almond/pine/cedar and chocolate cherries. Not much of this with the exception of the almond/pine/cedar/cola continues to the... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • OK, so we're doing our normal seafood Friday thing, grilled a couple of ... this bottle of Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara pinot to go with.  Fairly nice but nothing special.  Kind of one dimensional with mainly red cherry and a decent bite of acid. Not sure if this hasn't been hit with a bit of TCA as there's a very slight bit of that cardboard a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


  • Haven't hit all the single vineyards in quite awhile but their broader bottlings (e.g. Santa Barbara County) have been insipid and disjointed and lacking any depth or balance for awhile now--to where I have stopped buying them. They were interesting back in the '90s. My (relatively, since stopped acquiring as mentioned) recent experiences have m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • First protest ever--wow! Even better on you. Though you had a much better diet ... burned down in Isla Vista (Santa Barbara) amongst general mayhem by untrained, out-of-control sheriffs including the shooting death of a student, just before Kent State.What was the mood of the crowd? No newsclips for me to view over here...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • The CFO is out of town so I had to do something with my time, what better way ... ... Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County2014 Douloufakis Liatiko Dafnes2013 Feudi del Pisciotto Frappato Carolina Marengo2008 I Pentri Kerres Beneventano IGT2014 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana IGT2012 Quinta dos Roques Encruzado2013 End of the Vine Pinot Noi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


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