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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. An important role was played by the Franciscan monk Junipero Serra (1713-1784). A large-scale winegrowing developed from the end of the 1960s, today are about 4,500 hectares under vines. Santa Barbara became widely known in 2004 through the movie "Sideways," which is also a true Pinot Noir Boom across California (two couples visit California wineries, enjoy wine and philosophize about it).

It is Mediterranean climate in front. Due to the sea breeze, there are cool temperatures in spite of the sunny climate and in some places fresh morning mist. It is one of the coolest Californian wine growing areas. A large part of the vineyards extends on rolling hills in an east-west running valley. Here many vines grow out of the Rhone Valley, It dominate 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. Supposedly here is the obscure variety 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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