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Santa Barbara County

Political district or AVA area in the north of the region Central Coast in California about 160 kilometers north of Los Angeles. It includes the AVA areas Santa Maria Bench, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley. The first vines were planted here by missionaries in the 18th century. The Franciscan monk played an important role in this Junipero Serra (1713-1784). Viticulture on a larger scale developed from the end of the 1960s, today around 4,500 hectares are under vines. In 2004 Santa Barbara became widely known through the film "Sideways", which is also a true one Pinot Noir Boom throughout California (two couples visit California wineries, enjoy wine and philosophize about it).

It is Mediterranean climate in front. Due to the sea breeze, despite the sunny climate, there are cool temperatures with fresh morning mist in some places. It is one of the coolest California wine growing areas. A large part of the vineyards extends on gentle hills in a valley running east-west. Many vines grow here Rhone Valley, The red varieties Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), Syrah and Merlot, as well as the white varieties Chardonnay, Riesling, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. Apparently the obscure variety is said to be here too Cabernet pepper have arisen.

Well-known producers are Au Bon Climat, Babcock, Beckmen, Bronco Wine Company, Casa Barranca, Clos Pepe, Firestone, Foxen, Gainey, Grassian, Il Podere dell'Olivos, Kendall-Jackson (with Byron and Cambria), Labyrinth Winery, Larner, Melville, Murray, Mondavi, Old Creek Ranch & Winery, Qupé, Rancho Sisquoc, Sanford, Santa Barbara Winery, Sine Qua Non (Manfred Krankl - Austria), Tanner, Whitcraft and Zaca Mesa.

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