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“Great Reds & Whites”
Review of Gainey Vineyard

Gainey Vineyard
Ranked #30 of 176 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Houston, Texas, United States
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65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Reds & Whites”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was one of the few places that my wife and I loved both the reds and whites. The tasting staff was very friendly and the ambience was excellent. Although this was our first stop, this would have been a great place to have a picnic lunch. Eating grapes off the vines outside was a nice treat. The real secret to this place may be the special tasting room for members that is open on the weekends. We didn't join yet but are strongly leaning that way....

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Josh R
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English first
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68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A must for a winery day”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Gainey vineyards was a beautiful winery to visit, and everyone there was very friendly and knowledgeable. The property was surrounded by mountain views, and the building was beautiful. The woman who served us our wine samples was very accommodating, friendly, and made us feel at ease in regards to sampling wine for the first time. She encouraged us to walk around the vineyard, and even told us to try the grapes as we went along, since we were in the right season. The wines we tried there were all very good, and I enjoyed the white wine choices (I don't normally like white wine). Please stop here and enjoy the company of the staff, the scenery, and of course, the wine!

Visited October 2013
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Newhall, California
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126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Our overall favorite!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We are wine club members and always love our time at the tasting room. Today we spent a few hours on the lawn drinking and enjoying the beautiful view. Before we left me had some snacks on the picnic tables. It was another perfect afternoon at Gainey. We love ALL the Gainey wines and the staff is friendly. Can't wait for our next trip!!!

Visited September 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1,041 reviews
401 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 616 helpful votes
“Didn't like the wine”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

It was $15 for the wine tasting and the wine was not good at all. It seemed like a corporate experience rather than a personal experience. There were five different people who poured instead of having the personal touch. It was like a dungeon. I would not recommend coming here. There were very few people here as well. We felt like we were rushed.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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189 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“"Pinot-less" but a great setting”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Known for their Pinot Noir, this is a great sustainable farming project. The family moved from Minnesota in the 1950's, with nearly 2000 acres acquired. However, only 200 is devoted to viticulture. This is a unique terroir, as it has an east-west facing mountain ranges that creates a valley that has a coastal cooler influence nearly 30 miles in. The cool climate is ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and even Syrah, while the far eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley gets much warmer (less coastal cooling), and is better suited to growing Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Still, they were only tasting one Pinot. The staff were very friendly and very well informed. No matter what our questions (and we are always a nosey -- and noisy!), they were quick to answer -- and if they didn't know, offered to find out! The tasting room is large, able to accommodate many, with a private glass enclosed area at the far end, including a fire-place, for their private or club-member tastings. Small tables were set outdoors, but in the scorching sun and without shade, was not as pleasant today as it may be in cooler climes.

Visited July 2013
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