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Tolosa

Cowboy dreams of owning a cattle ranch brought Robin Baggett to Edna Valley. The cold Pacific wind and soils from ancient seabed to limestone made him realize he was on a frontier of a different sort. Tolosa is the expression of his commitment to spare

Byron Winery

Since 1984, Byron has cultivated an obsession for crafting site-specific Pinot Noir from distinctive vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills appellations

Foxen Vineyard & Winery

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded FOXEN at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same – the creation of very small-production, vineyard-designated wines using

Fiddlehead Cellars

Over 30 years, trailblazing owner-winemaker Kathy Joseph set off on a quest to pioneer once considered underdog wine varietals, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and our newly planted Gruner Veltliner to give them new life and present them with passion and flawless execution. At Fiddlehead we

Nielson

In 1964 Uriel Nielson established Santa Barbara’s first commercial vineyard on what is now the Byron estate. Prior to Nielson, the county had been considered too cold and too windy for grapes. Fortunately Uriel didn’t listen. In retrospect he had vision. In the 1980's Santa

Presqu’ile Vineyard & Winery

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small, family-run winery dedicated to making exceptional cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Designed and planted to create a diverse tapestry of vineyard blocks, the sustainably certified, 73-acre

Lafond Winery and Vineyards

Lafond produces Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay at the estate winery in Sta. Rita Hills. The estate vineyard was first planted in 1971. Winemaker Bruce McGuire was one of the pioneers in the development of Pinot Noir and Syrah in Santa Barbara County and in

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when the first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the bank of the Sisquoc River, known as the Santa Maria Bench. For decades since then, some of the most renowned wineries have purchased Riverbench fruit for their

J. Wilkes

The J. Wilkes Tasting Room is part of the beautiful Hotel Californian property. The Tasting Room features a fun modern Industrial Chic décor theme with wines by Winemaker Wes Hagen, recently voted one of the 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the US (2014, #68). The

Santa Barbara Winery

Established in 1962 it is the oldest winery in Santa Barbara County and was the first since prohibition which ended in the early 1930s. There were no vineyards, the closest over 100 miles away in San Luis Obispo County to the north. Today there are