The Central Coast
Taste the ocean in our Central Coast wines
Also known as the region prominently featured in the acclaimed film
“Sideways”, the unique, transverse nature of the valleys of Santa
Barbara Wine Country provides a patchwork quilt of microclimates and
terrains. This results in one of the most diverse regions for growing
grapes in the entire country.
Considered to be at the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, on U.S.
Route 101, the region is dotted with many small towns in a region of
ranches, oil fields, vegetable farms (broccoli, lettuce and strawberries),
and of course, some of the best vineyards in the world.
As an FFWS member, you’ll have some exclusive stops to make along the
way. Be our guest at any one of the four member wineries located here:
Foley Estates, Lincourt Vineyards, Firestone Vineyards, and Eos.
THE ALLURE OF CENTRAL COAST
History: Wine has been a part of Santa Barbara County since the 1780s when Father Junipero Serra brought grapevine cuttings from Mexico. This area proved itself to be a perfect grape-growing environment.
The Los Alamos Valley served as a popular stagecoach stop from 1861-1901. The Union Hotel opened in 1880 to serve overnight travelers. The narrow-gauge Pacific Coast Railway also ran to Los Alamos from San Luis Obispo between 1882-1940. Oil was discovered at the Orcutt field in hills north of Valley in 1901 providing further economic prosperity. The town flagpole at Centennial and Bell Street was dedicated in 1918. Residents today still pick-up their mail from the Post Office downtown, as no street delivery is available.
Unique Conditions: Because soils here run the gamut from ancient beach and diatomaceous earth to chirt and limestone, it is a near-perfect place for a wide variety of winegrape varietals.
The valleys in the Pacific coastline actually run east-west rather than north-south, and because of this geologic oddity, the ocean breezes sweep eastward, channeled by the hills and mountains that ring the region. Heading east into the foothills, the temperatures are warm during the day and very cool during the night, whereas the vineyards that lie westward toward the ocean enjoy a mild and moderate climate.
Private Events: Interested in hosting a private event at one of our Central Coast properties? For more information: Download the Special Events Packet
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