It’s time to get your Vintners’ Visa for the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Festival Weekend 2012. This passport will get you into twelve winery tasting rooms. Some wineries will present unique events, ranging from Winemaker’s Dinners and barrel tastings.
There are four official Santa Barbara appellations: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills. Within the broad Santa Barbara County designation, there are several other micro-regions: the Los Alamos Valley region, Ballard Canyon, the Los Olivos District and Santa Maria. The county has more than 115 wineries and 21,000 acres of vineyards in the county’s Central Coast American Viticultural Areas: Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, and Happy Canyon AVA each with its own distinct terroir. The Los Olivos AVA and Ballard Canyon AVA are in the process of becoming official AVAs.
The first wine grapes in Santa Barbara County were planted by the missionaries associated with Mission Santa Barbara late in the 18th century. Santa Barbara County has become a prominent viticultural region. The film Sideways was filmed in this area of California. The region is famous for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals including Syrah and Viognier. Santa Barbara wine grapes command some of the highest prices in the state. The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is situated about an hour from Santa Barbara and Los Olivos. This wine trail is the home of the following wineries: Andrew Murray Vineyards, Fess Parker Winery, Cambria Estate Winery and Firestone Vineyard. January 17,
The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival Weekend attracts food and wine lovers who wish to meet vintners, taste their wines and enjoy great food and music over a long spring weekend in gorgeous Santa Barbara. The Vintners’ Festival is hosted by the more than one hundred vintners and winemakers who will be pouring their latest releases of the over fifty-four varietals that are grown in Santa Barbara County.
On Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4pm at The Carranza over 100 Santa Barbara member wineries gather to present their local wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The Festival presents some of the best local cuisine from restaurants, catering companies and purveyors of specialty foods. The festival will also feature live music. There will be a Silent Auction to benefit local charities and art displays from local artists.
WHEN: April 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2012
WHERE: Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4pm at The Carranza @ 5406 Zaca Station Road, on the outskirts of Los Olivos.
I love to collect Wine Festival Posters. The 2012 Vintners’ Festival Poster was designed by David Griffing. David was an art director for corporations and ad agencies in New York City and has been living and working as graphic designer for years in Santa Barbara.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com