Santa Ynez Valley AVA
Santa Barbara, Central Coast
The Santa Ynez Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) located in Santa Barbara County, California covers over 76,000 acres and is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. The Santa Ynez Valley is home to the most wineries in the county and contains two smaller AVAs, Sta. Rita Hills known for quality Pinot Noirs and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara which host some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the region. The valley formed by the Purisima Hills and San Rafael Mountain on the north and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south, offers growers a wide range of temperatures to grow many types of grapes.
In the cooler parts of the Valley, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay do very well. In the far eastern portion farthest from the influence of the Pacific Ocean fog, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive. With over 100 wineries in the area, visitors can take a number of wine trails to try their favorite varietals or they can visit the tasting rooms that dot the small towns of the area such as Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Fess Parker Winery, Fiddlestix, Dragonette Cellars, Margerum Wine Company and more thrive in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Pegasus Estate Winery
Two equestrian loving individuals in pursuit of crafting fine Bordeaux-inspired wines
Pegasus Estate Winery was founded by Michael and Peggy Crowley in 2010 ...Read more...
Producing "terroir expressive" wines that are turning heads and gaining fans throughout the wine world
Dan and Ellen (Haak) Kessler own and operate Kessler-Haak vineyards, a ...Read more...
"We have long term goals of creating world-class Rhone varietals that rival our French Cousins."
More than a decade ago, Martin Gauthier was running a successful elect ...Read more...
Flying Goat Cellars
This whimsically-named Santa Ynez Valley winery is famous for their Pinot Noirs that have set hard-to-match standards for the past twenty years.
Yes, you read correctly, this month’s Pinot Noir Club selection is fro ...Read more...