Don Dascomb and his sons went to work planting a vineyard. Over the years the vineyard produced quality fruit which was purchased by a few of the well-known local wineries. Due to market trends, by 1999 most Cabernet vineyards in Santa Barbara County were replaced by other varietals. Don and his son Dave were not so easily swayed and believed the climate and soil were right for Cabernet Sauvignon. Dave felt the key to producing a premium Cabernet from the region was to allow the fruit to fully mature, reach peak ripeness. As a result, the Estate vineyard, East Valley Vineyard, is one of the oldest Cabernet Vineyards in Santa Barbara County!
After 20 years of producing Plam Vineyards wines in Napa Valley and 4 years of producing Mission Meadow Winery wines in Solvang, Santa Barbara County, Ken & Shirley Plam decided to retire. Well ... that lasted only about 3 years ... they couldn't stay away !!
Pierre Lafond opened Santa Barbara Winery in 1962. Lafond Vineyard first planted in 1971 and Lafond Winery opened in 2001. Bruce McGuire: winemaker David Lafond: General Manager.Bruce's winemaking philosophy begins in the vineyard. He believes the quality and integrity of the wine is extricably linked to what happens in the field, from pruning in winter, to the harvest in autumn.
For those who yearn for the intensity and depth Rhone varietals have to offer – Consilience produces a vast array of just that and a bit more.
Why Rhônes? Because they are an alternative to the beaten path. Because they are delicious as well as different. And because they are so perfectly suited to the Santa Ynez Valley, the sun-drenched, fog-kissed place that Curtis Winery calls home.
Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhône varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late 1980’s while traveling through France’s Rhône Valley. Leaving his UC Berkeley paleontology studies behind, he pursued his new mistress, Syrah, with an internship in Australia. His three-month tryst evolved into a 15-month romance with the famed Australian Shiraz. Returning to the states, he earned a bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis’ renowned wine program, then founded his eponymous Santa Ynez winery and vineyard.
At only 900 cases Scott cellars is one of the smallest wineries around. The whites, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are crisp clean wines that pair beautifully with food. The reds are big and bold with surprisingly smooth, silky tannins. The Pinot Noir is elegance in a glass, while the Syrah is firm in structure and loaded with dark fruit flavors. The most unique wine is Cuvee J. It combines Zinfandel with Syrah and balances high alcohol with tremendous fruitiness and firm acidity.
Come and visit with the winemakers, Mike and Brooke, at the "World's Smallest Tasting Room" to taste our full range of current wines.
In 2005, entrepreneurs Tim Perr and Scott Knight pooled their resources and their passions to found a winery dedicated to producing small lots of artisan Pinot Noir that they loved to drink.
Tim and Scott established a state-of-the-art winery and tasting room in the town of Lompoc, CA and named the winery “Pali,” after our hometown Pacific Palisades on the coast just west of Los Angeles.
The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen are located in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County: the Santa Maria Valley, the Los Alamos Valley, and the Santa Ynez Valley. These valleys all run west from the coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean, allowing warm days and cool nights to produce a long, gentle growing season.