Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County, California, stands as a captivating winemaking region celebrated for its diverse microclimates and terroir, which yield a wide range of exceptional wines. Emphasising sustainability, winemakers expertly craft top-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in its cool coastal areas while excelling with Bordeaux and Rhône varietals more inland.
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At the foot of the Central Coast, just north of Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara County reverberates with its Missionary past, although viticulture as we know didn't arrive here until the 1970s. Now there are 6,000 ha of world class Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.
While fog banks shape the season, together with a notable rainfall deficit between May & November, elevated terraces such as Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley AVA faciliate premium fruit growing. Santa Ynez Valley AVA enjoys similar trait, though cooler still;
Au Bon Climat's Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay from the region's Santa Rita hills is a prime example. Qupe are another excellent source