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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  • We started a walking wine tour at the Santa Barbara Winery. The tasting price was fair and they let you keep your glass. There is no seating inside, you stand for your tasting. You can however sit out...  more »
  • Such a fun thing to do when in town! Walking distance from beach area or downtown (trolley is always available and passes right by the street). Several tasting rooms, restaurants and live bands. Super...  more »
  • A beautiful winery tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara in the funkiest little spot. The weather was good enough to sit out on their patio where we enjoyed a glass and a tasting. Reds and whites are...  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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