Santa Rita Hills
When Santa Barbara is referenced, you reminisce about a resort community set along a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. In reality, Santa Barbara is one of the premier wine growing regions of California’s Central Coast, planted with over 27,000 acres of vineyards from more than 200 wineries. A corridor of east to west mountain ranges and vineyards separates Santa Barbara into seven wine growing AVA’s. Each has a collection of diverse soils and microclimates that are influenced by the lengthy, cool ocean breezes. Included are Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon, Los Olivos District, Santa Ynez Valley and Ausos Canyon. There are over 70 different grape varietals grown by 275 wineries. These conditions are conducive for breeding concentrated wines that are highly aromatic with racy vibrant fruits and complemented with savory spices.