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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

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

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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  • OT I grew up in St. Helena and moved to Santa Rosa in 1973 where I lived until ... of Shadow Creek. I moved to Santa Barbara in 1980. Are you in Santa Rosa?&nbs Read More

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  • Brewer-Clifton is well known in Santa Barbara County and has a reputation as being one of the best houses in our area.  This Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills is the first BC wine I have tried and now I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner. At $50-$60 a bottle it's pricey but wow what a nice pinot! Strong Cherry notes now getting some gr... Read More

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  • Which part of Santa Barbara, Al, do you live in? And which Santa Ynez wines are you enjoying most?I grew up in the Tri-Counties area, and still visit from time to time. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles! by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Yeah, I really need to stock up on that Virginia swill. Been eyeballing all the ... from somewhere else. Perhaps Santa Barbara County or San Luis Obispo County.Enjoy your wine in whatever way you choose Paul. Cool story either wa Read More

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  • Interesting wine rack; is that in a basement, under a chimney?  Anyway, ... ... I have tried a wine from Santa Barbara County but if you recommend a few reds I might look for them in one of our Total Wine stores out here in Virginia.&nbs Read More

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  • Thanks DVogler, I just had a PlumpJack Cab 2011 which was outstanding. I have ... Santa Ynez Valley mostly. Santa Barbara County wines are excellent.&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome Al from Santa Barbara,It's always nice to hear from new people on the forum.  Feel comfortable and ask any questions.  What wines are you enjoying now?Nice cellar! Read More

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  • Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir 2013

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    Anne on 40th. A good pinot for the price. Exactly what I would expect to get for the money, except it was a gift from my daughter, which made it taste even better. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mellville Syrah Estate Verna's 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Lots of light coming through the glass suggest, perhaps incorrectly, a medium-bodied red winea la a Pinot Noir. Something of a vegetative (green bell pepper or asparagus) and nutty (almond/walnut) nose. Initial mouth sensation supports the medium-body forecast. Then red cherry flavor with a thickness like caramel. After a few sips I realize t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Very pale yellow color. Something of a fresh, tart nosea bit of cut grass, and a hint of melon. Green apple fruit on entry to the palate. This is accentuated by acid tartness towards the back of the tongue and palate. Very refreshing wine. Great for a summer evening on the patio. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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