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Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

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Santa Barbara Vintners Festival, CaliforniaThe Santa Barbara Vintners Festival, now in its 37th year, is one of the largest wine festivals in Southern California. It’s set for May 4, 2019, in Rancho Sisquoc Winery, 6600 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, California.

Because it’s a wine festival put on my winemakers for wine lovers, it is often the actual winemaker or winery owner who is pouring for the public.

Novice and experienced oenophiles alike get the opportunity to ask their wine-related questions during the weekend’s signature Festival Grand Tasting. Held the afternoon, it features more than 70 wineries, many pouring newly released wines. Local food purveyors, live music, culinary and wine demonstrations, and a silent auction also are promised.

Guests will get a behind-the-scenes look at how wine is made. There will be museum-like displays providing insight into the winemaking world, from watching a cooper make barrels, to seeing how wine actually gets in the bottle, to barrel-tasting at the winery itself.

During the weekend of the Festival, the Vintners Visa is also available. This $50 Wine Country Tasting Pass allows guests to pick tastings at 12 wineries in the County with more than 40 wineries to choose from during a May 2 through 6, 2019, window. .

Several ticket options are available for the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival. Early Entry VIP access ($100), which allows holders access to the Festival Grand Tasting an hour before it opens to the public, General Admission ($75), Locals Only ($60) and Designated Drivers and Under 21 ($25).

Rancho Sisquoc is part of an 1852 Mexican land grant. The winery is part of a 37,000 acre cattle ranch and farm purchased in 1952 by Mr. and Mrs. James Flood, who still own the property today. The Chumash Indians called this area “Sisquoc,” which meant “gathering place”.

The northern region of the Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley, is renowned for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. The area boasts 34 tasting rooms, six unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a 30-minute drive.

The Santa Barbara Vintners (Santa Barbara County Vintners Association) is a non-profit 501 (c) 6 organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class, authentic wine producing and wine grape growing region.

(Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Vintners Festival)

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