Santa Barbara Winery, Santa Barbara

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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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  • I liked how the winery was decorated, PROMOT service, and the easibility in redeeming the wine tasting tour that I purchased through trip advisor.  more »
  • The last time we were at SB Winery I received an emergency call and had to leave. We paid for our wine tasting after only one taste and left. The server told us to keep the card (marked paid) and use ...  more »
  • This is the first winery we stopped for wine tasting and it turned out that we ended up joining their wine club. We came here 12 years ago and we were not impressed with their wines. This time their w...  more »
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  • Fit N Sip, a trek pole walking class/wine & cheese tasting event, held there once a month, is a lot of fun!
  • Fun time. Great wine. Good service.
  • Great tasting room. Great selection of wines. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend for the newbie for basic intro or for the refined taster looking for quality tasting.
  • $15 to taste 5 wines & you keep your glass. The wines were a bit dry for me, but overall nice place.
  • Service was good, good pricing for tasting. I would like to compliment the wine though I love a nice glass, the ten offered to sample were far below my expectations. I am not a sommelier, but I consider myself with novice experience and taste. They were not all a failure two flirted with my palate, the grenache and the Cab, so i took them home for later enjoyment. Maybe future harvests may yield better product.
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