At the northernmost end of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail lies the unique and interesting winery of Cottonwood Canyon. Sitting on a small hillside, the rectangular tasting facility sits above the wine caves as it looks out over the Santa Maria Valley and their cool coastal estate vineyards.
Patio at Cottonwood Canyon
VIP Cave Tours
The vineyard’s close proximity to the ocean allows slow ripening and longer “hang time” to improve sugar and acid development. Fifty-six acres are planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah and are used to produce meaty, long-lived, high-acid wines. These “distinctively different” wines are paired with food as part of the Cottonwood Canyon tasting experience. Olives, cheese, breads and spicy vegetables are matched to the full-flavored wines. Cottonwood Canyon is also one of the few wineries that offers older reserve vintages for tasting.
A small kitchen is found in the back room, along with comfy chairs and a chess board. Barrels topped with wooden planks create individual tasting tables. A lovely deck looking east over the vineyards has an outdoor fireplace, overhead trellises and a fountain.
The winery and vineyard conceal the 6,000 square feet of wine caves that serve as barrel rooms, as well as the Cask Room event area. Tours of the caves, along with barrel tastings, are available at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends and by appointment. Wines available include various vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, and red Bordeaux blends.
Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard
3940 Dominion Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Tasting: Daily 10:30 to 5:30 pm
Tasting fee ranges from $7 to $15 and includes souvenir glass
10% case discount
Tours of the caves along with barrel tasting are available at 11, 1 and 3pm on weekends and by appointment
With Cottonwood Canyon, there are many Club Options for members to enjoy! We have our regular Mixed Club, Red Wine Club, White Wine Club and Connoisseur Club. Read the Club descriptions below to decide which club best suits your needs.
Cellar Clubs – Customize your shipments by choosing to be in the Standard Mixed Club or the Exclusive Red or Whites Only Clubs. Each shipment is 4 bottles of wine, 2 bottles each of 2 different wines, that way you have one for now and one to save for later! Each Club selection will be under $175 for the 4 bottles, + applicable tax and shipping. Also, you may choose if you would like the standard 4 bottle shipment or if you would like to receive 6 or 12 bottles with each of your shipments. Shipments are automatically in January, May and October. Cellar club members receive a 20% discount on wine purchases that are not already on sale
Mixed Club – As a member of the Mixed Club, you will receive 2 bottles of a red wine and 2 bottles of a white wine. Average price range for 4 bottles (before tax and shipping) is $100 – $150
Red Club – As a member of the Red Club, you will receive 2 bottles each of 2 different red wines. Price range for 4 bottles (before tax and shipping) is $125 – $175
White Club – As a member of the White Club, you will receive 2 bottles each of 2 different white wines. Average price range for 4 bottles (before tax and shipping) is $75 – $125
Club Bistro – If you would like to be a part of the Cottonwood Family, but the Cellar Club is not quite for you, consider the Club Bistro. Receive 2 bottles of the Bistro line 3 times per year. You can choose the Red, White or Mixed. Standard club shipments will run between $35 – $75 per shipment + applicable tax and shipping. Current wines in the Bistro line are Syrah, Chardonnay and Zinfandel, with others on the way.
Connoisseur Club – As a member of this elite wine club, you will receive 1 shipment each year in November. Each shipment will include 2 bottles each of 2 aged red wines, and in November, you will have them just in time for the holidays! Each of these club selections will be under $300 for the 4 bottles + applicable tax and shipping. As with the Cellar Club options, the Connoisseur Club Members may also choose to receive 6 or 12 bottle shipments.
Pick Up List – If you prefer to save on shipping costs and like to have a reason to come out to the winery, you may sign up for the pick up list. We will charge your card then send you a letter informing you that it is time to pick-up your wines. However, due to storage space, wines must be picked up within 30 days or we will charge you for shipping and send your wines to you, unless prior arrangements have been made.
Benefits of Membership – There is no cost to join the club you simply have to take the current club selection to begin your benefits. Club members receive a 20% discount on everything that is not already on sale, including merchandise and accessories. You also receive up to 6 complimentary Wine Tastings and/or Cave Tours each time you come in. (Please note that cave tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday at 11, 1 and 3, weather permitting, otherwise by appointment) As a club member, you also receive updates via email and invitations as well as special pricing and priority status at our winery events!
If you are interested in becoming a Cottonwood Canyon Club Member and enjoying all the benefits that go along with it, please contact the winery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 937- VINE (8463)