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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Santa Barbara

  • Santa Rita Hills

    The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is located within Santa Barbara County in California’s Central Coast re...

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  • Babcock Vineyards

    With new vineyards currently being planted, a new barrel aging facility, and a renowned winemaker...

  • Barnwood Vineyards

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

  • Alchemy Wine Productions

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

  • Carina Cellars

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

  • Blair Fox Cellars

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

  • Curtis Winery

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

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • DM, I agree.  I have actually never searched the database and found old subjects (or as Greg calls it "dumpster diving" :)  )The forum is only as relevant as what's happening within several days and who's keeping the ball rolling.If we have twenty threads about any given subject, who cares?  I get Zuf's point and I think it's his business and na... Read More

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  • Sea Smoke in the coastal Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara County offers a commanding view of Sanford’s pioneering efforts on the south side of the valley. Read More

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  • Now if we could only revisit the Wine Wiki idea!  Mark seemed to like the idea before he got saddled with non-SW administrative responsibilities...  ;-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wineries and wines in... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Totally disagree with you, Zuf. New threads on the same subject are usually 'better' about 10% of the time. Old ones that develop legs do so for a reason. New ones on new subjects are a different matter. New ones on the same subject also discourage me from replying. Gets old relaying the same essential info over and over.Oh, and what does 'credi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wineries and wines in... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • I declare this the "Favourite Jello Recipes" thread henceforth. Read More

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  • Well, I thought I was pretty clear that I don't care that much about the re-treading of tangentially related topics. My point was, let's encourage people to start new threads and discussions that may just lead in different directions (or not).Your thread was perfectly fine... for 2010.;-)M. Read More

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  • Nothing wrong with resurrecting this old thread - with a distracting reference ... ... good, though, and the Santa Barbara area is a beautiful place with great food, great views and great wine.  I am especially fond of Solvang - an identification due, , at least in part to my Scandinavian heritage. Read More

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  • Emark, thanks for all the great info! I haven't been updating the SB itinerary in the last couple weeks due to a very busy work schedule and some lower back ailments that I'm currently working through but we are still planning on going there in December. I'll enjoy perusing the pages you've provided.  Looks like the SY Kitchen is the place to ea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wineries and wines in... by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0

  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2013


    Bright, strawberry, smooth easy drinking. I like! Read More

    Wine review by robfohl

  • Andrew Murray Syrah Santa Barbara County Watch Hill Vineyard 2007


    Intense! Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

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