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Wine Regions of Santa Barbara County

Santa Maria Valley This funnel shaped region is host to arguably the longest growing season in California (125 days) due to chill average temperatures around 64 °F. It is the regions first AVA, (established in 1981) and the first region that planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara. Santa Maria contains Bien Nacido vineyard, a sought-after 900 acre vineyard for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Look for Chardonnays with flavors of lemon zest, nectarines and pears and a firm backbone of acidity–built to age. Pinot Noirs are highly aromatic (violets, roses, spices) with an undertone of savory meat and a powerful structure. Syrah also seems to be at home here as well, bringing meaty, tobacco, and spice notes in a more Northern Rhône style than a Californian one. Santa Ynez Valley This is by far the largest AVA in the region,…