Santa Barbara Winery

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202 Anacapa Street , Santa Barbara, CA 93101

About This Winery

Just a few blocks from Santa Barbara’s downtown core, is the home of the oldest winery in the region. Its popular tasting room can be a good party with plenty of wines to taste and people to mingle with. Santa
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Just a few blocks from Santa Barbara’s downtown core, is the home of the oldest winery in the region. Its popular tasting room can be a good party with plenty of wines to taste and people to mingle with.

Santa Barbara Winery was started in 1962 by Pierre Lafond. The winery has prospered and outgrown its downtown facility. In 2001 it started a new venture in the bucolic Santa Rita Hills, some 30 miles north, simple named Lafond Winery. It is here that the red wines are produced for both labels, with the whites being made in Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara tasting room has a pleasant patio out in front with an oasis of tropical plantings with tables and chairs for those nice warm days. The Inside is a lively place with a great gift shop and provides the opportunity to taste a number of wines. Chardonnay is their flagship offering but be sure to try their Rieslings, and the extensive list of red wines, including their Pinot Noir, Syrah, and their unique Zinfandel blend. They also have sweet late harvest Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. VIP tasting programs can be arranged.

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Winery Information

Hours: Daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting Fees: Tasting fee $5 includes crystal glass
Price Range: $14 to $45 per bottle and more for their older reserve wines
Established: 1962
Vineyards: 100 acres
Production: 75,000 cases

Amenities

  • Picnic Sites

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Hip & Stylish

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

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This is an awesome winery! I visit this winery every time I come to Santa Barbara. My favorite for sure is the 2002 Pinot Noir. It is a medium body, perfect acidity, with a slightly berry aroma and finishes so smoothly! You cannot go wrong with this perfect wine. I believe this winery is owned by or run by the same people who run LaFond which happens to be one of my other favorites! Whether you are a local Santa Barbarian or a tourist visiting, this is a must stop location.

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This is a great tasting room to stop into during a trip to State Street. Their wines are good and fairly priced, but the tasting room is consistently crowded and busy. The tasting space is much to small to accommodate the high volume of traffic that comes in. I've visited there 4 times on different days of the week and it's always been crowded. The staff seem knowledgeable, but if you're looking for a lot of attention and education while you taste wine, this is not the place to get it. However, this is a great place for first timers or tasters intimidated by the process; you'll get good wines at a good price without any pressure.

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