The Sta. Rita Hills is a cool climate region located within the larger Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County grape-growing regions between Lomoc and Buellton. The AVA is located between the Santa Rosa Hills to the south and the Purisimo Hills to the north. The AVA was originally named Santa Rita Hills, but a trademark dispute with Chilean winery Vina Santa Rita resulted in the AVA’s name being changed to Sta. Rita Hills.

There are about a dozen wineries open for tasting within the Sta. Rita Hills. The area is one of America’s best producers of both Pinot Noir and Syrah. Non-resident wineries such as Richard Longoria, Ojai, Fess Parker, and Bonaccorsi routinely produce award-winning wines using Sta. Rita Hills grapes.



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Pinot Noir

Chardonnay

Syrah

Grenache

Viognier

Pinot Gris/Grigio

Riesling

Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Blanc



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Sta. Rita Hills Wineries - Highest Visitor Ratings

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Sta. Rita Hills Wineries - Highest Wine Critic Ratings


1.   Hilliard Bruce Vineyards  
4.5
2.   Melville Winery  
4.5
3.   Foley Estates Vineyard And Winery  
4.0
4.   Gypsy Canyon Winery  
4.0
5.   Sanford Winery & Vineyards  
4.0
6.   Star Lane Vineyard / Dierberg Estate Vineyard  
4.0
7.   Thorne Wines  
4.0
8.   Babcock Vineyards  
3.5
9.   D'Alfonso-Curran Wines  
3.5
10.   Kessler-Haak Vineyard & Winery  
3.5

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All Sta. Rita Hills Wineries (15) [map view]


Babcock Vineyards

D'Alfonso-Curran Wines

Foley Estates Vineyard And Winery

Gypsy Canyon Winery

Hilliard Bruce Vineyards

Huber Cellars

Kessler-Haak Vineyard & Winery

Lafond Winery And Vineyards

Lindley Wines

Loubud Wines

Melville Winery

Rarus Wines

Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Star Lane Vineyard / Dierberg Estate Vineyard

Thorne Wines