Santa Barbara Winery, Santa Barbara

4.0
#4 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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  • We had a great experience. Love the different flights of wine. Recommend sitting at the bar to hear explanations of all the wines, and getting to switch some out.  more »
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  • No complaints, but nothing too special either. Reasonable wine tasting prices. The staff was pleasant, the wine was just okay. Surprised on how busy it got for a weekday afternoon. Enjoyed it, just wasn’t overwhelming.
  • Nice tasting Some tid bits available for purchase I was more interested in the wine - was on a walking wine tour with a complimentary glass of sauv blanc! Very nice very mild - perfect for an afternoon drink and experience. I will return! The nice thing about all these tasting rooms is that they are on the one street close, open and inviting!

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