I have something in common with Miles from the movie “Sideways”. I must admit, I was a Pinot Noir snob even before I saw the movie “Sideways”! I love the world-class Pinot Noir produced in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley close to the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara Wine Country is the Perfect Vino con Vista Destination.
Have a Vino con Vista at Bridlewood Winery in Santa Barbara
Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country
When you stay and play in Santa Barbara Wine Country, the “Sideways Effect” is readily apparent. In Santa Barbara County “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 micro-climates, 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. 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.” Santa Barbara Vintners Website
Santa Barbara County is a premium producer and grower of Pinot Noir! It doesn’t stop there, Santa Barbara vintners produce many styles of fantastic wine including Rhone-style blends. The various microclimates and soils, allow local to produce many grape varietals like: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Some of the wines include: Albarino, Tocai Friulano, Mourvedre and Grenache Blanc.
There are many wine tourism opportunities in Santa Barbara County’s four official appellations. thanks to the diligent efforts of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association. You can visit the wineries: tour the barrel room, the wine making facilities, or the vineyard.
Attend several world-class wine festivals in Santa Barbara.
Head to downtown Santa Barbara and trek along the Urban Wine Trail. Follow Miles and Jack‘s merry adventures in Sideways, the 2004 Oscar®-winning film shot in Santa Barbara wine country.
Visit the Lompoc Wine Ghetto’s collection of small-production wineries.
Here’s a guide to staying and playing in Santa Barbara Wine Country:
PLAN A WINERY TOUR
Contact the individual wineries for information or to schedule a tour:
“The region has many micro-climates, with climates influenced by proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Cool and moderate temperatures toward the west changes to warm days and cold nights to the east. There are five official appellations: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon and Sta. Rita Hills. Within the broad Santa Barbara County designation are several other micro-regions – these include the Los Alamos Valley region, 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. Click here to read more about the distinct areas.” Santa Barbara Vintners Website
If you check out the viticultural map, you will find: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon and Santa Barbara County. Take time to explore all the AVAs in this extraordinary wine region.
DINE IN SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY
Click on the links below to explore the local cuisine: