By Deb Flomberg
As the first winery founded in Santa Barbara Country after prohibition, Santa Barbara Winery has become one of the most well-known and sought-out wineries in the country. They’ve won multiple awards for their huge assortment of wines, and have been making some of California’s best wines for over 45 years. A visit to the Santa Barbara Winery is a great way to enjoy a wonderful afternoon, plus the drive to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles happens to be a truly beautiful drive as well.
Founder Pierre Lafond grows about half of the grapes used on his own land, focusing on cabernet sauvignon, riesling, chardonnay, and chenin blanc. He’s won multiple awards for many of his wines including his 2011 Chardonnay and Rielsing, his 2010 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and many more. Clearly, this diverse and popular winery is doing something right, so it is definitely worth a visit.
If you have a larger group, consider setting up your own private tasting, where you can enjoy tasting a variety of the wines with a selection of cheeses, bread and fruit. Or just take a drive up the 101 to Santa Barbara and stop in for a spur-of-the-moment trip to enjoy tasting a variety of their award-winning wines. It is a wonderful way to find several new bottles to take home and grab a few more to give as gifts. There is a reason that the Santa Barbara Winery is one of the oldest and most established in Southern California, so it’s time to find out why.
Of course, you’ll want to make the drive to Santa Barbara memorable as well, so you’ll want to travel there in the 2013 G550 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It is the best way to ride, as you cruise up the 110, enjoying the drive in the luxury and elegance of the Mercedes-Benz. Plus this SUV has so much room, you can easily bring along all your friends for a fabulous and memorable day. Enjoy your time at the Santa Barbara Winery, then head back home and be glad you get to enjoy your Mercedes-Benz for the return trip home.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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