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

  • Presidio Winery

    Presidio Vineyard & Winery was founded in 1991 from winemaker Douglas Braun’s concept of bringing...

  • Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

    Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery at Rancho Santa Rosa is the realization of vintner Bill Foley's d...

  • Carina Cellars

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

  • Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery

    Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post wines are made by Buellton Hitching Post owner/chef Frank Ostini and...

  • Carr Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Alchemy Wine Productions

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

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Santa Barbara on Snooth

  • Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon 2012

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    Love this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • I first noticed tip jars about three years ago in Temecula.  I think we visited three or four tating rooms that day, and every one of them had a tip jar on the conter.  On a trip to Paso Robles two years ago I noticed tip jars in a couple of the four or five tasting rooms we visited.  I do not recall seeing any at the two Edna Valley wineries th... Read More

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  • We tipped when the tasting room person went out of their way or did more than just pour from behind the counter. For instance, at Demetria, we had a sit down tasting on their patio and our wine guy came out and poured for us personally so it felt a bit more special and one on one, I think we gave him $5. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara... by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


  • Oh yeah, one more comment, seems like every tasting room had a tip jar and/or had a place for a tip on the receipt. I think I've seen this issue raised before but what does everyone think and how do you handle this situation? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara... by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


  • No. Especially when most wineries are charging ridiculous fees for tastings that not so long ago were free.The staff aren't bartenders and they aren't waiters. Bottom line is they are shills for the winery, trying to effect sales.How did you deal with them? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • That pencilled in F is hilarious, v v.I remember way back that Enz had their own bottlings.  I tried hard to like it, but it never really impressed. Read More

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  • Thanks for all the detailed reportage, Vino. Frankly, no surprise here, ... ... ... them on the wharf at Santa Barbara when someone else was ordering, far earlier in their winemaking career, though when they were already being pushed as the supposedly early best solution to Santa Barbara's pinot puzzle. Stemmy (once or twice), unintegrated (a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Everyone, hope you got something out of all this. We definitely had a great time which was made better by all the recommendations I received here. Just some follow up notes and highlights: Best of show - Melville, everything we tasted here was top shelf, the setting was beautiful and the folks pouring were fantastic. Best tasting experience - De... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara... by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


  • In my tasting at Tercero, it was also the Viognier blend (The Outlier) that impressed me most, though I didn't get to try the Mourvedre, which everyone raves about.Have also heard good things about Qupe's Roussane/Masanne. Anyhow Vv, sounds like a great trip, and thanks for all the reports. Read More

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