Santa Barbara County is different than any other winegrowing region in California. Here, the east-west orientation of the coastal mountains forms valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines.
The 50 miles stretching from Point Conception to Rincon constitutes the longest east-west traverse of shoreline from Alaska to Cape Horn. Here, the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains form a unique coastal range – the inland ebb and flow of fog and ocean breezes make the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. This means that the fruit has an unusually long “hang time” on the vine, allowing it to fully develop the acids, flavors and tannins needed to produce wines of distinctive character.
The region has many microclimates, with climates influenced by proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Cool and moderate temperatures toward the west changes to warm daytimes and cold nights to the east. There are four official appellations: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills. Within the broad Santa Barbara County designation are several other micro-regions – these include the Los Alamos Valley region, Ballard Canyon, the Los Olivos District and the Santa Maria Bench. Slightly less than half of the grapes grown in Santa Barbara County are used by local vintners, with the balance exported to wineries outside the area.
Au Bon Climat sources fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast.Read More →
Born out of a desire to showcase Santa Barbara County's incredibly diverse viticultural areas, AVA Santa Barbara tries to communicate to visitors - with soil samples, Elkpen's amazing mural and, of course tastes of wine - the region's topography, soils and microclimates.Read More →
At Brick Barn Estate we grow wines that we enjoy and grapes that inspire us. For more than 50 years, we have overseen and worked this land. Today, we fulfill its destiny as a premium wine estate at the westernmost frontier of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA.Read More →
Visit the 1940’s Quonset Hut in downtown Santa Barbara and enjoy the ambiance of a working winery while sipping on delicious wines at the beautiful barrel top bar.Read More →
Casa Dumetz-Malibu started in 2004 with a patch of raw earth, a bucket of grapevines and plenty of sweat from family and friends who joined together to make a dream come true.Read More →
All of our Estate Wines are grown on a southern slope just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and enjoys the cool, coastal weather which preserves the natural acids in the wine without accumulating high sugar contents.Read More →