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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

125 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA
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Ranked #5 of 23 Activities in Santa Ynez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries
Activities: Wine tasting
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After reading some past reviews and our visit, I can understand some of the negative as well as positive reviews. And I agree witht he previous post, go early. It gets crowded. The facade of the Disney-esque cracked stone all over is definitely over the top and you get the feeling that aesthetics is the overall goal here. Speaking of... More

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Redlands, CA
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36 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We visited this winery specifically because we saw pictures of the building. The setting is lovely with a rock stone building, large grassy area and rural setting. HOWEVER, beware of the dirt, graded (when?) road coming in and out. It's full of pot holes and ruts. If you go faster than 5 miles per hour you risk breaking an axle.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were actually a little early arriving about 15 minutes before they open. It's a gorgeous location. Enjoy it and take lots of photos before the masses join in. Lovely tasting tables in an outside courtyard. Very nice wines. Yummy olive oil and balsamic tastings. Bought a few for home: Tuscan dipping oil and strawberry balsamic vinegar.

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Los Angeles, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The property (the villa and its yard) looks just like a vineyard in Tuscany: the decoration, the furnitures, the lavenders, the breeze... Ohh, what a hidden gorgeous place! Perfect venue for special events, too. We payed for our tastings and sat outside to sample. The porch is nice and shady, and it wasn't crowded at all. Their wine is good... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Really enjoyed the visit to Sunstone winery. It was really quaint and a great place to enjoy some wine with family and friends. Highly recommend and the wine is great too boot!

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Houston, Texas, United States
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

As the first stop on our tour of the Santa Ynez region, Sunstone has a killer Grenache Blanc and some other great options. I would definitely recommend a stop here to check out a very neat wine cave nestled in the hillside behind the tasting room. Sunstone also has for sale some great olive oils and balsamic vinegars, tastings free.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Driving out to Sunstone one can't help but feel anticipation for what's to come up in such a beautiful landscape. We passed a few vineyards on the way down Refugio Road, but my friend insisted that we hold out for the gorgeousness of Sunstone. So we did, and yes it was very pretty, but it became very clear within minutes... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We decided to stop off at Sunstone above the other vinyards in the region - and we're so glad we did. It was a beautiful stop for lunch and wine tasting. This French Provincial-inspired wine tasting room will not disappoint. We took our own picnic lunch, and sat on the tables in their beautiful grounds with a glass of their... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Vineyards and Wine Tasting! beautiful adobe like grounds with amazing views! Very relaxing and spread out makes it easy to enjoy a glass of wine on the porch, inside at the bar, out on a picnic table with friends, under an umbrella or just walking around taking it all in! Super beautiful grounds and Vineyards you can walk right... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Way off the beaten path this winery is gorgeous. They have a great wine cave that is fun to sit on a sip a glass. We also loved the samples of olive oils and balsamic vinegars that they had. The blood orange olive oil and balsamic vinegar were so amazing we bought several bottles to bring home. If they'd let... More

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