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.To visit Lafond Winery on your holiday in Santa Barbara, and find out what else Santa Barbara has to offer, use our Santa Barbara.
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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Lafond Winery reviews
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...
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... 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..... 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..... more »
Firstly, huge shout out to Jaycson who was pouring for us. Just a great guy who knows his stuff and really made our visit memorable. Fun little spot to sample some good wines in the funk zone!
The wine quality is what sent this to 5 stars. Not pretentious; ambiance is merely ok; but the wine quality trumped all that. This is where to start your Santa Barbara wine tastings and move on from there. This sister winery to Santa Barbara Winery is where the premium wines are to be had. Enjoy the tastings here and then move on to Santa Barbara Winery for the ambiance.
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