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Lafond Winery and Vineyards

6855 Santa Rosa Rd
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 963-3633

Tasting:   Open 10-5 daily
Tasting fee $5 including free glass
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Price Range:   $14 to $48 per bottle
Established:   1998
Vineyards:   95 acres
  10,000 cases

Lafond Winery and Vineyards Description

Driving west along peaceful Santa Rosa Road, be careful not to startle any horses that take up the road while being led from one pasture to another. In addition to being horse country, this idyllic valley is within the celebrated Santa Rita Hills Appellation, and is home to the beautiful hillside vineyards of the elegant and sophisticated Lafond Winery.

Owner Pierre Lafond has the distinction of starting Santa Barbara Winery in 1962, the first post-Prohibition winery in the county. In 1998 construction began on Lafond Winery, with son David Lafond as general contractor and Pierre Lafond as Architect. This very functional operation incorporates the tasting room as part of the winery, with large windows allowing views into the barrel room. Both the indoor and outdoor production areas are also visible, allowing a ringside view of the winemaking process.

The airy tasting room has a sampling bar at one end and handcrafted gift items, olive oils, cloth napkins, earthenware pots and specialty wine accessories scattered throughout. Two lovely picnic areas grace the property: one with a fountain, tables, and chairs; and the other looking out at a peaceful view of the valley and vineyards. The winery focuses on three wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay.

Lafond Winery and Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Hip & Stylish
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Picnic Sites- Superior
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dr dave,
I highly anticipated this tasting. The woman providing the tasting had very little knowledge of the wines and frequently said "that's up to the winemaker." That is a shame as I thought the wines were good at a decent QPR. Personally, I cannot recommend this stop though, admittedly, want to give them another try.

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Great Wine - Great Place
obears, Clovis
We thought the wines were outstanding! so much so we join the wine club! Don't miss this place if you are out wine tasting :-)

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SoCal Lush, Santa Cruz
I, having visited many wineries, would definitely consider this as one of my favorites. Their new tasting room is absolutely gorgeous and has a very friendly feel. It is large and well decorated. They have a good array of wines but seem to specialize/promote Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah the most. When I visited the latest time, this past August, I tried the 2005 Lafond Vineyard Syrah/Grenache, 2005 Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay, and the Pinot Noir Clone 113. My favorite was the Syrah. It was definitely full-bodied and would go well with a wide variety of foods. It has an almost cinnamon-spice aroma which is accompanied by a dark red (almost berry) color. I'd highly recommend this 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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