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“The best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
125 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA
805/688-9463
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Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Santa Ynez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Wine tasting
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“The best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

If you want an authentic wine tasting experience like you might find in northern Italy then the Sunstone is the place for you. The winery is hidden behind rows of grape vines as you drive down the dirt road about an 1/8" mile to the winery. The tasting room buildings architecture is fantastic, the distressed Italian plaster with post and beam porch is absolutely gorgeous. The grounds are adorned with olive and oak trees along with an acre of rolling green lawn, the perfect place for a picnic.

Celicia greeted us with a smile and served up our flights of wine. I requested a glass of the 2008 Eros cab thinking that I might be denied like the experience at the Firestone. Much to my pleasure Celicia immediately pored up a very generous amount of the best Cab I had ever tasted. Thank you.....

The Sunstone has the ability to host private parties without closing the tasting room. Some of the private parties are held in grottos that are built into the hill side. The entire winery has something for everyone, picnic for the family or an intimate conversation under an olive tree, you can't go wrong with Sunstone.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Ynez, California
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“Perfect Mix of History and Modern day winemaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I love visiting this winery so much I joined the club. The winery is in a wonderful location along the the Santa Ynez River off the beat and track. You feel like you found a special place in heaven. It is a perfect location for a picnic with a wonderful glass of wine in the sun or catch it at the end of the day for a start to a wonderful evening. Enjoy the wine, land and the feel of the place.

Visited June 2013
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Valencia, CA
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“Wonderful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Sunstone is a beautiful place to enjoy wine. There is plenty of outdoor seating with umbrellas. Because people are spread out there isn't a backup at the counter so sampling wine is easy - even on the Memorial weekend when we visited. The indoor and outdoor areas are perfect for events. Highly recommend.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful location; great winery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Great wines in a beautiful setting. There are several tasting rooms and also olive oil tasting. Attentive and helpful staff. Worth a visit. One of our favorites.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Wonderful winery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Enjoyed a trip to Sunstone's Vineyards on a beautiful Spring weekend. Highlights are comfortable grounds to relax anexcellent wines. The main building has a front, middle and back tasting room (members only). The middle has a wine cave feel to it which is cool and dark. Great setting to enjoy some nice wine and sample some olive oil samples as well. The grounds are comfortable with picnic tables (great if you bring a bring some food with you or with some food available there for purchase).

Visited April 2013
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