A Journey Through the Santa Rita Hills

In search of some great Pinot Noir’s and Chardonnays.

When my wife first suggested we take a drive down CA 246 and taste some wines in the Santa Rita Hills region I must admit I was skeptical. I had not heard much about this area before; normally we head to the Santa Ynez valley and the well-known towns of Solvang and Buellton. Little did I know the joys that awaited me in this delightful region best known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region is one of the newer appellations in the AVA having been formally recognized in 2001. In 2006 the name was changed to Sta. Rita Hills, to avoid confusion with the wine maker VINA Santa Rita in Chile.


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