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“A nice start to a wonderful day of tasting”

Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Buellton
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Owner description: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards was founded in 2005 by Sta. Rita Hills pioneer winegrower, and Vineyard Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Sanford. Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards places a focus on cool-climate varietals best suited to the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, chiefly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with additional production of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The wines are distinctive, expressive, and are exemplary of the region. Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is committed to sustainable agricultural and business practices including organic farming and green building techniques. Alma Rosa's estate vineyards are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), and were the first to achieve that recognition in the region. The name Alma Rosa is a tribute to the soul of the original Santa Rosa land grant on which the estate vineyards are planted. We look forward to sharing our wines with you!
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I took the Pinot tasting and the only stand out for me was the 2010 Pinot Noir - Mt. Eden Clone, El Jabalí Vineyard, this bottle followed me home!. They are a little out of the way but worth the trip just for the Sideways connection.

Thank Cranky64
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Alma Rosa was our first stop on a weeklong visit to Santa Barbara County's wine country. Richard Sanford is one of the original pioneers who put the region on the wine map -- and his Alma Rosa endeavor continues his legacy of making very good wines. The tasting room is a bit rustic, but you have a choice of two tastings -- we went for the pinot noir focus. All the wines were pretty good, though a bit different stylistically than most of our Oregon pinots. We did buy a bottle (the La Encantada Vineyard) and enjoyed the start to our weeklong wine odyssey,

Thank OregonJohn97338
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

As I say with visits to wineries, don't rate the wine as much as the place since everyone has different palate.
Alma Rosa is my favorite winery to visit. It is off the path a bit and has charm that you cannot find in at a big winery. The beautiful setting causes you to want to linger. I loved that it was not crowded just 2 other couples while we tasted. The wine here is good. My favorite of the day was a the Vin Gris from Alma Rosa and I am a red fan!
The service here was great, we had a very mellow lady pour for us, which was nice, she really took her time and chatted about what she enjoyed in the wine.
My only thing that might be off putting for some is the prices are a bit high for a tasting.

Thank Shelly F
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Alma Rosa is so understated and funky that you're not even sure if you're in the right place when you drive down the long dusty gravel road. However, it is definitely worth the time and effort to find it. The history of Alma Rosa is interesting as Pinot Noir wine pioneers, Richard and Tekkla Sanford now own Alma Rosa and bring their many years of wine growing experience to this boutique winery. There are some good white wines as well, but overall, the pinot noirs are excellent! Chris, the Willie Nelson look-a-like still writes the fanciful wine descriptions but has taken leave of pouring these days. Stroll around the grounds with wine glass in hand for a relaxing day in the vineyard.

Thank Wanderllust
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

This winery is rustic.. think tin roof shed off a gravel road, but it has charm and the surrounding beauty makes it a worth while stop. We tried the Pinots which were all good and purchased one bottle that was very good. The winery does not have a bathroom, only portables in the parking lot.

Thank Joan C
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