Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards

805 688 9090 7250 Santa Rosa Road
Buellton, CA 93427
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Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater opportunity to honor the unmistakable relationship between the healthiness of the soil, the energy of the vines, and ultimately the soul of the wine. “For over 20 years, my wife Thekla and I have focused on what’s most important to us: sustainable business practices and organic farming. We are deeply committed to the environment and the soulful connection with our employees and the people who enjoy our wine.” says Richard. With over 100 acres of certified organic estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (the first vineyards to be certified in Santa Barbara County) Alma Rosa Winery offers Pinot Gris Read more »

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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Thanks all for the concern but we are fully enjoying everything so far. I'm writing up these notes after tasting hours and before or after dinner so no problem missing out on any fun. Day two was as good as day one or even better. Another great breakfast to lay in a good base, then a walk around town (didn't take very long) and then off to our f... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Barbara 2005

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    Oak butter and wilted grapes Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2008

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    Great, ruby red color. A bit sweet at first, with a nice spice backup. A bit disappointed with the finish, and I wish it was a bit brighter in taste. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor


  • Alma Rosa Pinot Gris Santa Barbara County 2004

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    This is fruity and sweet and impossibly easy to drink. Even paired well with the spice and heat of Chinese hot and sour soup. I really enjoy Alma Rosa wines. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton


  • Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard 2009

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    Pretty nose with bright pear fruit and hint of nectarine all wrapped with gentle floral tones, lime zest, honeycomb and a band of soft sandalwood spice. Bright up front then turning rather rounded and supple, with nice intensity of flavors. This is elegant and very focused if a bit subtle and easily lost in a crowd, though with food this could r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard 2009

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    Perfumed apple and a bit of plastic on the nose lead to a round and lush chard with a touch of acidity. Very interesting with a very slight oak/butter edge Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2008

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    Really smoky on the nose, with some raspberry and a hint of mint. Soft and lush on the palette with a spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills la Encantada Vineyard 2006

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    Aromas of forest floor covering dark berries. On the palate, things started off well with a cranberry/sour cherry attack, however on the midpalate it turned very acidic and there was next to no finish Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello


  • Alma Rosa Pinot Gris Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills la Encantada Vineyard 2008

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    Big, ripe fig notes on the nose with a huge floral character, then a nice apricot profile fills the glass. Nice clarity in the mouth, even though this is fairly large-scaled. The fruit is bright with a gentle mandarin orange note accenting the lightly nutmeat-toned stone fruits. Good length reveals some heat as well as a nice apple blossom tone.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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