Santa Maria Valley, Los Alamos and the Foxen Canyon Wine Trails
Western hospitality meets world class wine in the Santa Maria and Los Alamos area. The transverse nature of the Santa Maria Valley lends itself to a diverse range of wines produced here. Heading south from Santa Maria, take a leisurely drive along Foxen Canyon to Los Olivos or drive down the 101 and stop in the Western town of Los Alamos. One of the most established areas, Santa Maria Valley is home to fresh produce, bucolic vistas and of course – Santa Maria Style BBQ!
Some great wineries on these trails. My favorites? Kenneth Volk Vineyards – superb winemaker noted for Syrah, Pinot Noir and Albarino https://www.volkwines.com/ ; Rancho Sisquoc, principal varieties include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Sylvaner, Syrah and Riesling; many other area vintners buy their grapes from the vineyards of Rancho Sisquoc https://www.ranchosisquoc.com/ ; and Andrew Murray, the same winery that has a tasting room in Los Olivos, grows these varietals: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Syrah. One of the earliest vintners in the area. http://andrewmurrayvineyards.com/
Tip No 7: Be aware that tasting rooms reserve the right to refuse to serve over imbibers or anyone they believe to be impaired.
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