Costa de Oro

3.42/4

1331 S. Nicholson Ave. , Santa Maria, CA 93454

805.922.1468
info@cdowinery.com

About This Winery

The Costa De Oro Tasting Room opened in 2006 at the location of the town's favorite strawberry stand off the 101 Freeway in Santa Maria. Visitors can now enjoy rich flavorful estate wines as well as sweet Gold Coast strawberries, when
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The Costa De Oro Tasting Room opened in 2006 at the location of the town’s favorite strawberry stand off the 101 Freeway in Santa Maria. Visitors can now enjoy rich flavorful estate wines as well as sweet Gold Coast strawberries, when in season, along with locally grown produce on their farmer’s market patio. This is a great stop with a fine gift shop and tasty wines.
Costa De Oro Winery is the off-shoot of parent company Gold Coast Farms. Founding members Ron Burk and Bob Espinola, began farming in 1978, growing a variety of crops, but where the soil proved to be poor for vegetable growth, Ron and Bob decided to grow wine grapes.
 
The vineyard began producing fruit in the early 90’s and the grapes were sold to local wineries including Au Bon Climat, Foxen, Lane Tanner, and Hitching Post. During this time, his son Gary was working in the music industry in Los Angeles. He later developed a friendship with Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat. Jim ultimately offered Gary a position at the famed Au Bon Climat/Qupé Winery in 1994. By 2002 Gary was ready to start the Costa de Oro brand.
 
Gary says, "The transition from music to wine making was easy. There are a lot of similarities in the two industries; both rely on a blending of technique, artistry and feel." His goal is to produce wines with balance, elegance and texture, reflecting Old World Style and Terrior of the vineyard.
 
Gary has received critical acclaim, receiving 90 point scores or higher from Robert Parker, James Laube/Wine Spectator, and Wine and Spirits Magazine. He has also had wines named in the Top 100 Wines of the Year by Wines and Spirits Magazine (2000), the San Francisco Chronicle (2001), Wine Country Living (2003), and most recently Winner of Best in Show at both the Orange and Santa Barbara County Fairs.
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Winery Information

Hours: Open Daily 12am – 6pm, Friday till 7:30pm
Tasting Fees: Tasting fee $5 & $7 with credit available
Price Range: $14 to $32 per bottle
Established: 1994
Vineyards: 30 acres
Production: 6500 cases

Amenities

  • Picnic Sites

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Kid Friendly

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

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Right along the highway this is a great stop for a neat wine experience. The owners have been growing grapes for years and now make their own. Our group liked the Syrah and the Cab the best. There is a food stand and good gift shop. We will come back for some of their Friday night music events.

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I came to Santa Barbara to visit my cousin who just recently turned 21 at the UC campus and I took him wine tasting through some of the Santa Maria area wineries. We had a blast at this on in particular. The people were very friendly and were very knowledgeable about their products. I'd recommend this winery to anyone because of the service we received.

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The wine is great! The wine store has a beautiful gift shop. My friends and I had a great time. The pourer was fun, wild and enjoyed the wine with us.

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