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    Native 9 Wines

    Native9 Wine
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    Address:
    6525 Dominion Road, Santa Maria, CA
    Phone:
    (805) 450-2324
    Hours:
    Tasting/Tours by appointment.
    hello@ranchosdeontiveros.com
    (805) 694-8882
    Website:
    www.ranchosdeontiveros.com
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    Native9 Wine

    Tasting/Tours by appointment.
    hello@ranchosdeontiveros.com
    (805) 694-8882

    Deliberate. Historic. Sublime.

    Winemaker Justin Willett and grower/owner James Ontiveros are at the top of their game with these Native9 Wines, a style Doug Wilder from the Purely Domestic Wine Report calls out as ‘extraordinary’ (10/2022) (rating the current wines 95-98 points.) Tours are conducted by Wes Hagen, who has grown and made wine in Santa Barbara for 30 years and researched and wrote most of the American Viticultural Areas in Santa Barbara History. Expect elegant, deliberate wines of time and place and a level of hospitality that will surprise and delight the wine newbie all the way to a Master Somm. Wine and Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the World: 2021.

    Rancho Ontiveros

    Established in 1781. James Ontiveros’ ancestor, Josef Ontiveros came from Avila Spain, through Sinaloa, MX, Loreto, Baja and into San Diego and Los Angeles with the Reyes expedition in 1781. The family landed in Santa Maria in 1855, and farming, ranching, cattle and grapes have been part of their family since the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Come hear and taste the whole story.”

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    Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance

    Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance
    Address:
    P.O. Box 716
    Lompoc, CA 93436
    Website:
    www.staritahills.com/
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    Winegrowers Alliance

    The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance was formed in 1997 to unify growers and winemakers in the Western Santa Ynez Valley for the purpose of developing their own American Viticulture Area and to promote this unique wine growing region.

    Sta. Rita Hills American Viticulture Appellation (AMA)

    The Sta. Rita Hills American Viticulture Appellation is located on California’s Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. The Pacific Ocean’s marine layer and afternoon ocean breezes traverse the coastal valley corridors between the Purisima Hills and the Santa Rosa Hills, creating the perfect environment for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other cool climate wine grape varieties.

    Alliance Mission

    The Sta. Rita Hills AVA status was granted in 2001 by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Regulation Division. The mission of the Alliance is to support the viticulture and enological business interests of its 47 Members, as they relate to grapes and wine from our AVA.

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    Story of Soil

    Story of Soil
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    Address:
    2928 San Marcos Ave.
    Los Olivos CA 93441
    Phone:
    (805) 686-1302
    Website:
    storyofsoilwine.com/story-of-soil
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    Story of Soil Winery

    As a small winery, Story of Soil, we can put more time, attention, and care into our wines (than the larger wineries can afford to, really). To make wines of the highest quality, we select vineyards that are farmed with the greatest level of care.

    Single Vineyard Focus

    We focus on single varietal and single vineyard. Single vineyard allows us to focus on “the place” the grapes are farmed and single varietal will show how each varietal is affected by that place (i.e. soil and microclimate).

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    Storm Wines

    Storm Wines
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    Address:
    2948 San Marcos Ave.
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    Phone:
    (805) 350-9456
    Hours:
    Thursday - Monday: 11 AM – 5 PM
    Tuesday-Wednesday: Closed
    Website:
    www.stormwines.com/
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    Storm Wines Old World Influences

    Rooted in the hills of Santa Barbara County, Storm Wines emphasizes old world influences and new world techniques. The Mediterranean climate, diverse soils, and exciting new opportunities in this budding Central Coast wine region have combined to drive Ernst’s passion for producing his wine. You’re invited to experience the unique personality of both vintage and site in Storm Wines.

    Focus of Storm Wines

    Storm is focused on making classically styled wines from proven sites; and wines with personality of vintage and site, where elegance is favored. His brother, Hannes, launched Storm Wines-South Africa in 2012. His focus is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

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    Demetria Estate

    Demetria Estate
    Address:
    6701 Foxen Canyon Road
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    Phone:
    (805) 686-2345
    Website:
    demetriaestate.com/
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    Demetria Estate

    Established in 2005, Demetria Estate is a family owned winery. Our goal is to produce wines of distinction and character rivaling those of the world’s greatest estates. Our wines are artfully crafted to showcase the unique growing conditions of the Santa Ynez Valley and Sta. Rita Hills. We believe that low yields, sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, and gentle winemaking produce wines of exceptional quality.

    Greek heritage

    Demetria Estate grew out of the desire of owners John and Sandra Zahoudanis to continue a family legacy connecting his Greek heritage with their family’s future. John grew up on a modest family farm at the base of Mount Olympus in Greece. The unparalleled beauty and Mediterranean feel of the Demetria Estate reminded John of his homeland and became the perfect location to carry on the family tradition of farming and careful stewardship of the land.

    Call to make an appointment for one of the most unique wine tasting experiences in Santa Barbara Wine Country.

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    Dovecote Estate Winery & Ranch

    Dovecote Estate Winery & Ranch
    Address:
    9229 Alisos Canyon Road
    Los Alamos, CA 93440
    Phone:
    805-570-0443
    Hours:
    Tastings are by appointment only:
    Monday- Sunday: 11 am - 3:30 pm
    (7 days a week)
    Website:
    dovecotewine.com/
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    Dovecote Ranch and Estate Winery

    Dovecote Ranch and Estate Winery is dedicated to growing and crafting wines that allow the beauty and character of our land to speak through them. Our 30-year old own-rooted vines and sandy-limestone soils produce small quantities of intensely concentrated cool-climate Rhône fruit. Local daily marine influence slows and extends ripening for uncommon complexity and grace.

    Dovecote Wines

    Dovecote Wines are completely farmed and made by hand with a deep respect and love for their origin. They are meant as an ode to our family’s gratitude in calling this special place home. In their creation, it is our hope that our lives contribute to their meaning, and their meaning contribute to the lives of those we share them with.

    Please join us and we’d be honored to share our wines with you.

    We believe wine is a four-dimensional picture of place and time. Establishing a personal connection with its physical source creates a uniquely expanded sensory experience. At Dovecote we craft wine as a means of enhancing our relationship with the land from which it originates, and we take pride in sharing this special awareness with others.

    Taste at Mission Pond
    Come experience Dovecote’s wines in their birthplace and immerse yourself in their origins and history. Visit Dovecote’s Mission Pond as our private guest. Pause, swirl, breathe deeply, and enjoy the gentle coastal air as you sip estate wines that share a common soul. Tastings are by appointment only: (805) 570-0443 or kristen@dovecote.com

    Wedding & Private Event Venue
    250 acres, three full days. Includes the Event Venue, Hacienda (sleeps 12-14, a perfect location to host the wedding party), & Casita (sleeps 2-4, a romantic & private oasis for the bride and groom).

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    Grimm’s Bluff

    Grimm's Bluff
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    Address:
    2445 Alamo Pintado Ave. #102
    Los Olivos, CA 93460
    Hours:
    Sunday – Thursday: 11-5
    Friday & Saturday: 11-6
    Website:
    www.grimmsbluff.com
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    Grimm’s Bluff Estate

    Grimm’s Bluff Estate is a Demeter certified Biodynamic farm perched on the cliffs above the Santa Ynez River in the Happy Canyon AVA. The mineral driven wines draw flavors from ancient river stones along with the rich valley sunshine. Gobelet trained vines, aging in concrete eggs, and traditional winemaking are used to express the distinctive terroir of this breathtaking site.

    Biodynamic & Organic

    Planted to virgin soil, Rick and Aurora Grimm have been fully committed to Biodynamic & Organic practices in the vineyard, orchard, and animal pastures from inception. The 246 acre ranch is completely run on solar power with beautiful barns and workshops made from Forest Stewardship Council certified cedar.

    Tasting Room now open in Los Olivos! Private tours and tastings at ranch by appointment only.

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    Lumen Wines

    Lumen Wines
    Address:
    458 Bell St.
    Los Alamos, CA 93440
    Phone:
    (805) 350-4054
    Hours:
    Wednesday-Sunday: 12pm-5:00pm
    Website:
    www.lumenwines.com
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    Hands On Honest Winemaking

    In 2012 Will Henry and Lane Tanner ran into each other in the Santa Maria Valley, and realized that they shared a common vision: to make wines from the best cool-climate vineyards in Santa Barbara County, and to follow a regimen consistent with California’s early days of hands-on, honest winemaking in the Santa Ynez Valley.

    Memorable Wines

    The duo asserts that the most balanced (and thus memorable) wines are made from fruit that is picked relatively early on the harvest calendar, the end result being a wine that is livelier on the palate, deeper in complexity, lower in alcohol, and more worthy of cellaring.

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    Foxen Vineyard & Winery

    Foxen Vineyard & Winery
    Address:
    FOXEN
    7600 Foxen Canyon Rd.
    Santa Maria, CA 93454

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    7200 Foxen Canyon Rd.
    Santa Maria, CA 93454
    Phone:
    (805) 937-4251
    Hours:
    7 Days a Week: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Website:
    www.foxenvineyard.com
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    Bill Wathen and Dick Doré (the Foxen Boys) have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking.

    The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, and English sea captain and Dick’s great-great grandfather. Benjamin Foxen came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800’s and purchased the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in 1837 with a Mexican Land Grant that totaled nearly 9000 acres, that comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive anchor as his ranch cattle brand, which became the trademark of the Foxen Vineyard & Winery. We are proud that we have made our home on the now 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.

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    Brander Vineyard

    Brander Vineyard
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    Address:
    2401 N. Refugio Rd
    Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    Phone:
    (805) 688-2455
    Hours:
    11am-5pm May 1st to October 31st
    11am-4pm November 1st to April 30th
    Website:
    www.brander.com
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    Our founder, Fred Brander, gained a passion for the wines of France in the early 1970’s. Shortly thereafter he recognized this location as an ideal microclimate to produce top-quality Bordeaux varietals. Throughout his experience he has dedicated himself with fanatical fervor to make exceptional block designates of estate Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon that push the quality envelope for Bordeaux style wines in Santa Barbara County.

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    Tomi Cellars

    Tomi Cellars
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    Address:
    140 Industrial Way, D2
    Buellton, CA 93427
    Phone:
    (818) 515-5422
    Hours:
    Friday - Sunday 12pm - 5:30pm
    Website:
    www.tomicellars.com
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    Tomi Cellars is the new project from Boyd Shermis and Denise Davis, with a little help from some family and good friends. We’re just getting started, but currently six wines in the bottle. Our goal is to make the finest wines possible from the finest vineyards on the Central Coast of California. We’ve spent the last two decades learning what it takes to make wines of distinction, wines that evoke place of origin. Wines that we want to drink – and wines that we hope you’ll want to drink, too.

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    Presqu’ile Winery

    Presqu'ile Winery
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    Address:
    5391 Presquile Dr.
    Santa Maria, CA 93455
    Phone:
    (805) 937-8110
    Hours:
    Saturday - Thursday: 11 am - 5pm
    Friday - 11 am - 6 pm
    Website:
    www.presquilewine.com
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    Located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small, family-run winery dedicated to making exceptional cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Designed and planted to create a diverse tapestry of vineyard blocks, the sustainably certified, 73-acre Presqu’ile Vineyard features an array of clones, exposures and elevations. Made using this estate fruit, and grapes from a handful of the finest vineyards in the valley, Presqu’ile’s wines capture the essence of their vineyards and vintage, and have earned acclaim for their elegance and balance. Situated high atop a hill, with ocean and vineyard views, the stunning Presqu’ile Winery offers one of the most memorable wine tasting experiences on California’s Central Coast.

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    Sunstone Winery

    Sunstone Winery
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    Address:
    125 Refugio Rd.
    Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    Phone:
    (800) 313-9463
    Hours:
    Daily: 11am-5pm (last pour at 4:30pm)
    Website:
    www.sunstonewinery.com/
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    Sunstone’s tasting room is reminiscent of some of the small wineries in the Provencal French countryside. The gorgeous courtyards and picnic grounds, surrounded by vineyards, provide the perfect place to experience the wines. Tucked on the edge of the Santa Ynez River, in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine country, Sunstone Vineyards, Winery and Villa is also a beautiful event destination that greets your guests with the delicate fragrance of French lavender and rosemary.

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    McClain Cellars

    McClain Cellars
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    Address:
    140 Industrial Way
    Unit E
    Buellton, CA 93427
    Phone:
    (805) 426-4441
    Hours:
    Thursday - Monday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Tuesday - Wednesday: BY APPT ONLY
    Website:
    www.mcclaincellars.com
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    A winery, barrel & wine-tasting lounge with a “hip” modern industrial luxury vibe that is a cross between a New York “Soho” music venue and a beautiful “Napa Valley” tasting lounge. To make the experience even better, McClain features a beautiful one of a kind limited edition custom made Harley Davidson motorcycle for all the world to see and selfie.

    Hang outside and soak in the warm Buellton sun and relax in the cool breezes or step up to the bar for an amazing wine tasting experience of reds, whites, and sparkling wines.

    We offer live Jazz and Blues music on most weekends and an inviting lounge-like atmosphere with a patio. Snacks, cheese & charcuterie also available. If you love art, wine, and great service… then stop by to be amazed. You will fall in love with our 5000 sq ft outdoor patio complete with corn hole, Jenga, and much more. This is the only place to truly unwind, enjoy some “stupid-good” wine and experience the very best.

    Experience over 5 different wine flights, almost 30 different wines, artisan popcorn tastings, olive oil tastings, cheese, charcuterie, snacks, chocolate, and much more.
    We have everything that you could ask for when wine tasting in Buellton, CA. Outside lawn, patio, and umbrellas. Covered Picnic tables to enjoy a quick bite. Lots of outside games including corn hole, jenga, Yardzee, and many others to occupy the entire family. You will not want to skip our barrel room and winery tour and discover how we make our "stupid-good" wine. To top off all of this our tasting bar and wine tasting lounge is a testimony to really cool art that shines from wall to wall.
    McClain Cellars offers a complete line of cheese, charcuterie, snacks, olive oils & vinegar as well as our very own award-winning artisan adult popcorn. Nothing beats amazing popcorn with a glass of wine. Jason & Sofia are proud to offer their homemade recipes to the world. Our popcorn is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, tree nut and peanut-free, dairy-free, and lactose-free. Come enjoy a day of fun, wine, snacks, games, and love. It's just awesome!

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