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Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards

Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards Richard Sanford came to the Santa Ynez Valley 35 years ago with the desire to create wines that would rival the best of France. First to recognize the potential of the Santa Rita Hills (now an officially accredited American Viticultural Area as Sta. Rita Hills), and first to plant Pinot Noir vines there, Richard is a pioneer with a well established reputation for excellence in winemaking. Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises. Their latest venture, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, represents the culmination of a lifetime’s experience – an enterprise dedicated to creating high quality wines and setting a benchmark for organic farming, sustainable agriculture methods, and environment-friendly commerce.

Exit Highway 101 at Hwy 246 exit toward Lompoc. A few blocks out of town, turn left onto Industrial Way (stoplight), then turn right into first driveway. We're next to Industrial Eats bistro on the left side.

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1623 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA, US, 93463 Email:
Phone: 805-691-9395 Web:
Fax: 805-688-9001
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  Chardonnay - El Jabalí Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
From the organically-farmed grapes at our El Jabalí vineyard comes this vibrant chardonnay. Like Helen of Troy in a bottle, launching a thousand over-the-top descriptors, it is a thing of ravishing beauty, brilliant, elegant, graceful, smelling of flowers, pineapple and lime zest. A chardonnay that's not a dairy product (what an idea!), sleek with crisp acidity.
  Chardonnay - Santa Barbara County
Here is a new-generation style chardonnay; not oaky, not buttery...instead, you get a crisp wine with a racy mineral streak running through tropical fruit flavors and aromas of pineapple guava and citrus-honey, brushed with herbs.
  Pinot Blanc - La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
From the beauty of its firm minerality to the concentrated textural creaminess, here is more enchantment from La Encantada Vineyard. Pear, lime, kiwifruit all come to mind, bolstered by pleasant acidity. Brief aging in new oak barrels contributes to texture without woody or smoky flavor.
  Pinot Blanc - Sta. Rita Hills
A firm, almost stony wine offset by a simultaneous creamy quality; aromas and flavors of exotic melon, citrus, and Asian pear...Grapes from Gaia Vineyard (formerly “Ashley’s”) off Hwy. 246 in the western Sta. Rita Hills, fermented in stainless steel, then aged in neutral oak for seven months.
  Pinot Gris - La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
On Santa Rosa Road, eleven miles west of Highway 101 is La Encantada Vineyard, the “enchanted” place. There’s definitive enchantment to this wine, with its exotic floral attributes (the beauty of orchids) and rich tropical fruit character layered over a snappy texture. This is a connoisseur’s Pinot Gris!
  Pinot Gris - Santa Barbara County
Like a fresh breeze coming off the sea, carrying scents of apricot and tangerine blossoms, a hint of pear, a whiff of honeysuckle; delicately beautiful, with acidity as taut as a bow string. Perfect with a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes, or spicy Asian cuisine, or just to enjoy the memory of summer on some winter afternoon.
  Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
The “Encantada” shows quintessential Pinot Noir characteristics of cherry-berry fruit, brown spice, a little forest-floor earthiness, and a thought provoking deep, dark complexity… still a happy wine, but showing a more serious side as well…
  Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
Bright and bursting with fruitiness, almost candy-like (but without the sugar-sweetness)… here are strawberry-rhubarb-raspberry tones under laid with classic Pinot Noir spiciness, a soft and easy acid-tannin texture and a pleasing minerality on the palate… This is a wine that’s singing a happy tune and doing a little dance to go with it.
  Pinot Noir - Vin Gris - El Jabalí Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Nothing sweet or frivolous about it, this is one “serious” rosé...100% pinot noir fruit from El Jabalí Vineyard on Santa Rosa Road - Sta. Rita Hills. Fermented off the skins to total dryness...strawberry, plum and spice notes and a pale copper color (it’s not pink!)...


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