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Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is located in the southern portion of the Central Coast in the U.S. state of California. The wine region is defined by the coastal Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains’ east-west orientation with direct access to fog and ocean breezes from the Pacific Ocean. The cool temperatures give the grapes an unusually long “hang time,” allowing the fruit to develop distinctive acids, flavors and tannins. The five official AVAs within Santa Barbara County and several other micro-regions reflect the diverse microclimates of the region.

  • Region

    21,052 acresgrowing area6viticulture areas
  • Production

    $844.7 million harvest value (2014)
  • People

    191 wineries
  • Impact

    9,000+ jobs created$1.7 billion contributed to the U.S. economy (2014)
  • Primary Grape Varietals

    ChardonnayPinot NoirSyrahSauvignon Blanc

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