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Lafond Winery, Santa Barbara

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#15 of 15 in Wineries in Santa Barbara
In 1962, Pierre Lafond reestablished Santa Barbara County's winemaking tradition by founding Santa Barbara Winery. The winery was the first since prohibition and has played a pioneering role in the subsequent development of the Santa Ynez Valley as a world-class wine growing region. Pierre purchased land in 1971 on the western end of the valley and began planting what is now a 97.5 acre vineyard.

Winemaker Bruce McGuire was brought on board in 1981 and encouraged plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, noting that the soil and microclimate of Lafond Vineyar, classified as cool Region 1, were ideal for these varietals.

In 1996, Santa Barbara Winery expanded to include a new line of premium wines dedicated to producing exclusively vineyard and appellation designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Lafond Winery's new facilitiy was opened to visitors in 2001.
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  • If, like us, you are in the Solvang or Buellton area take the time to go to the other side of Route 101, drive 5 miles or so and visit the winery. The setting is beautiful, there is plenty of parking,...  more »
  • Recommend stopping here for sure if doing wine tasting in the area. They have charm and personality. The ladies pouring were super friendly, as were the cats - Thelma and Louise. The tasting room is i...  more »
  • My wife and I stopped by here on our way to Buellton and had a great time. Jeneanne was incredibly knowledgeable and poured us a number of fantastic wines. The pinots were great, especially the Martin...  more »
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  • Very rude and condescending staff, made me feel like they were going out of their way to let us drink a bottle of wine there that we bought from them. There were 4 of us just wanting a glass of wine and they only sold it by the bottle.
  • Our credit card information was stolen while purchasing there and multiple charges at various stores made before we discovered the problem.
  • Very good
  • Love Kristy in the tasting room!!! She was comfortable and knowledgable without being pushy or snooty. You'd be so lucky to have her assisting you! The whole experience was top notch and the wine was out of this world!!! Love the Grenache/ Syrah blend and the dessert wine Riesling is also so worth the taste!!! We became members and will make this a stop in our urban route every time we come!
  • Lafond has consistently impressed. Usually visit the Buellton location but this is much closer. They offer delicious syrah and pinot wines from the Santa Rita Hills. If you enjoy this, be sure to travel down the street a few doors to their parent winery, Santa Barbara Winery.
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