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Cambria Winery & Vineyard

5475 Chardonnay Lane
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 937-8091

Tasting:   Open Daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $7
10% case discount
Price Range:   $14 to $48 per bottle
Established:   1987
Vineyards:   1600 acres

Cambria Winery & Vineyard Description

In 1972 a large vineyard was planted just 15 miles east of the Pacific Ocean outside the town of Santa Maria. Known as the Tepusquet Vineyard, it provided exceptional fruit to many wineries throughout the region as well as the entire state. In 1987, when the Jackson Family Wines was looking for a cool-climate vineyard to expand their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine production, they purchased the property and renamed it Cambria Vineyards.

Today the 1,600-acre property includes a large production facility surrounded by its vineyards. Cambria’s flagship wines -- Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir -- make up 90% of its annual production. As you drive up the hillside through the extensive vineyards you come to dozens of 20,000-gallon stainless steel fermentors back against two winery buildings. Adjacent to the large tanks are tables and umbrellas just outside the tasting room.

The sleek, modern tasting room has hardwood floors, a leather couch and windows that look in on the 50,000-square-foot barrel room. In addition to maps of the vineyard, there is an educational exhibit on oak barrel construction, with cross sections of a barrel showing various degrees of the “toasting” that ultimately contributes to a wine’s bouquet.

From the attractive poured concrete tasting bar you can look out over the vineyards while sampling specialty wines available only in the tasting room. These include Viognier, Pinot Gris, Vin Gris and special clone-specific bottlings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. A stocked deli case offers cheeses, meats and gourmet treats.


Cambria Winery & Vineyard Features

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Off the Beaten Path
Hip & Stylish
Pinot Noir
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kirkdicanio, simi valley
The girl from England's name is Laura and she's wonderful. Very funny and friendly. It's a beautiful tasting room and we bought the Chardonnay, which I'm not usually a fan of but this was exceptional. Laura's mother in law was there sitting on the couch so I joined her for a chat and to my surprise, Laura came over and topped up my glass with the Syrah, which I found to be gorgeous so I purchased that too. The wife and I ended up staying for about an hour and a half and enjoyed every minute. This place can get busy, but they obviously like the company and encourage you to stay. Delightful

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Eagle12, Chicago
Last stop on our third day of harvest weekend. The tasting room is located up a long drive in the middle of the vineyard. When we arrived the tasting room was very crowded but our pourer, Lauren from England takes our group to a wine barrel at the side of the tasting bar and starts our tasting, we ask for reds only and sh takes us down a list that includes 6 red wines. Snacks are arranged on the large table at the entrance to the tasting room and wine specials are set out and marked by the bottle and case price. There are multiple servers and they handle the crowds well. The wines are all very good, combined with the pleasant atmosphere in the tasting room make this a great way to end the day. I would stop again. I purchase the 05 SMV Julia's Vineyard Pinot and the 06 SMV Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah, both bottles are around 15.00 each on sale making them a bargain.

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shannon1, Los Angelas
I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Pinot Noir. The place is huge but the tasting room was nice and the people were really good. So drink some Pinot Noir and have a great time at Cambria Winery!

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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