Wineries in Santa Barbara
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The Coghlan family has worked in the jewelry business for three generations. In 2009, the family purchased a vineyard in Happy Canyon, in Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard is sewn with Bordeaux and Rhone varietals and sources Pinot Noir from other vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills.
Morgan Clendenen took the name for her winery from Yeats’ poem, “The Cold Heaven”. She began her wine odyssey in North Carolina, where she worked for an Italian wine importer. Eventually, she took a job in Napa, married and moved with her husband Jim to Santa Barbara County.
The goal is to create a wonderful product and experience for the customer. Owners, Tom and Jodie Daughters and Brett Escalera along with others in Consilience’s team, were working in the health care industry when the idea of joining forces to start a winery came to fruition.
At 58 acres, Coquelicot’s estate vineyard is organically farmed and located in the Santa Ynez Valley. Bernard Rosenson, who grew up in France, acquired Coquelicot’s property in 2005. He has been involved in the restaurant and hospitality industries since the 1990s. However, his dream was to start his own winery.
Ron Burk and Bob Espinola, of Costo de Oro Winery’s parent company Gold Coast Farms, began farming in Santa Maria, in 1978. Eventually, they discovered a spot on the property upon which the soil was too poor for produce. They decided to try growing wine grapes on that spot instead.
The Beko Family founded Cottonwood Canyon Winery in 1988. The 78-acre estate is surrounded by the San Rafael Mountains and receives a lot of sun and cool marine breezes and light Pacific fog. This climate allows for better acid and sugar development. The winery is part of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
Daniel Gehrs started in the wine business in 1974, when he began working for Paul Masson Vineyards. His dream was to start his own winery. He and his wife Robin founded Daniel Gehrs Wines in 1990. Loire varietals were a focus at that time. Soon, however, the Gehrs family moved to Santa Barbara County.
Dascomb Cellars is home to one of California’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. The grapes supplied many Santa Ynez Valley vineyards over the ensuing years. As other vineyards replaced Cabernet vines with other varietals, the Dascombs believed in terroir of the valley to produce excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Located in Foxen Canyon, in the Santa Ynez Valley, Demetria Estate is 213 acres that was planted between 1990 and 2000 with Rhone varietals. These vines include Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne and Grenache Blanc. Demetria prides itself on its biodynamic farming practices.