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Bridlewood Estate Winery

3555 Roblar Ave
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-9000

Tasting:   Daily 11 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $10 and $15
10% on case purchase
Horse Drawn Carriage tours, 11am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday
  Former Horse Ranch
Price Range:   $15 to $40 per bottle
Established:   1999
Vineyards:   105 acres
  40,000 cases
Winery Dog:   Ruby

Bridlewood Estate Winery Description

This former race-horse rehabilitation center has been transformed into a dramatic resort-like winery operation. A well-tended forest of trees greets you as you drive up to the very impressive Spanish-style building, complete with a traditional mission-style bell tower, tile roofs and broad verandas. Beyond the circular drive, bubbling fountain and olive trees, the shade of the veranda leads to the large wooden doors of the tasting room.

Tile floors, a cozy fireplace and the large tasting bar invite visitors to taste and stay awhile. An extensive selection of clothing, wine accessories and packaged gourmet foods is also available. Outside, flagstone patios with magnificent views of the property are situated for tasting, relaxing or picnicking. Horse-drawn carriage rides ($10 - 11am to 4pm) wind through the manicured property, which sports a full-sized race track, shimmering pond, hillside vineyards and horse stables.

The winery produces five different Syrah wines and Rhone blends, as well as Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Grenache, Chardonnay, and Viognier. In addition, Bridlewood makes other small-production lots for limited release, including a Syrah Port.

Bridlewood Estate Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
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LA Day trip
greggmack, Los Angeles
This is a regular stop for me when I head up to Los Olivos. The grounds are spectacular. There are great places to have lunch while enjoying the local wine. The estate wines I've tried here have been excellent. I love their Syrah blends. It is a must see when you are in the area.

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Good wines but crowded these days
phanson, Woodland Hills
This winery is gorgeous and has a very nice picnic area and tasting room. You can even take a ride through the vineyards in a horse drawn carriage weather permitting. They have great Syrahs and Chardonnays. Over the years, it has gotten very popular and it tends to be a bit crowded these days. The wines are pricey but they are good so it just depends on what your budget can afford.

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Very Impressive Grounds
bbarnett, Newbury Park
The winery facility is a very nice place to visit. This is one of the most visually impressive facilities in the area. The wines (they specialize in Syrah) are varied and good. The tasting fee is excessive but as club members, good deals are available. Overall a nice stop with pleasant staff and good wines

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Good Wine Great Views
Eagle12, Chicago
Bridlewood is our first day picnic spot on our harvest weekend trip and it does not disappoint. The grounds and winery are truly amazing. Here at Bridlewood we ran into a couple of circumstances I have only read about. first the buses of people. The tasting room is large so it can handle the crowds but at first it's a bit loud and overwhelming. The large groups were escorted to a side bar but even there its just too much. Between the noise level and all the commotion its was not pleasant. I may as well been at a club in Chicago. Second our server was borderline rude, she was more interested in vacation than assisting customers. I think our groups charm melted her surly attitude. The difference between outside the winery and inside the tasting room are night and day. Its hard to remember any of the wines except for the Syrah's, once you get into the upper level Syrah's they are very good. I purchase nothing out of shear aggravation and step out back to enjoy the spectacular views. Probably just the right place at the wrong time.

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Rocko, Santa Barbara
This is one of our favorite places to go and hang out. The place is gorgeous with patiosand verandas to hang out-- plus the lake area is very special. (The wine too!) Bring some friends to impress.

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Spectacular Place!
Kendra, Santa Monica
When you travel around the wine country and you try new places you never know what you are going to get. We had not heard of Bridlewood but thought we would check it out. It was our favorite of the day. The place is like a beautiful resort but not overdone. Lovely patios, trees and vistas. The wines were wonderful and the people very helpful with our group. We like their Rhone wines and the Zin the best. Don't miss it.

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SYV Lush
SoCal Lush, Santa Cruz
This is a pretty good winery in my opinion. Having been to many of the Southern California Wineries, I have plenty to compare this to. The winery itself is absolutely gorgeous. On entrance is a gorgeous fountain backdropped by a white building with a three bell arch behind it. There are plenty of souvenirs to buy including shirts, purses, glasses, etc. The wine I tried was all good but their bottles are sometimes rather expensive. My favorite of the wines was the 2003 Bridlewood Winery Syrah Blue Roan. It has a mild aroma that was somewhat flowery. It has a slight taste of blueberry as it hits the back of the tongue. Overall it was a nice trip and nice people in the Tasting Room.

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