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Longoria Winery

2935 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
866.759.4637
info@longoriawine.com

Tasting:   Open daily, 11am – 4:30 pm
Tasting fee $10
5% discount on 6-11 bottles, 10% on case purchase
Amenities:
  Groups of eight or more cannot be accomadated
Price Range:   $16 to $54 per bottle
Established:   1982
Vineyards:   Eight Acres, Fe Ciega Vineyard
Production:
  3,000 cases
Winery Dog:   Henry the pug, and Buddy the beagle

Longoria Winery Description

Richard Longoria Wines, established in 1982, is a family operated wine business owned by Rick and Diana Longoria. Rick Longoria, who arrived on the local wine scene in 1976, enjoys a long history of involvement in the Santa Barbara county wine industry.
 
Beginning in 1976 he became the first cellar foreman for The Firestone Vineyard. By 1982 he felt confident in his skills and in the quality of some of the county’s best vineyards to venture into the wine business for himself, and with financial help from his father he produced 500 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Maria valley vineyards.

In 1985, The Gainey Vineyard lured Rick away from J.Carey Cellars to produce wines for their ambitious and exciting new winery project. During his twelve years as winemaker, Rick’s winemaking skills established Gainey as one of the top quality wineries in the area. He also continued to produce very small quantities of Longoria wines, just enough to keep the label active. See video at VineStories.
 
In December, 1997, twenty-three years after his first job at a winery and fifteen years after starting his own business, Rick gave up steady employment to devote his full energies to his winery business. On May 1, 1998 Rick and Diana opened the doors to their own tasting room in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Los Olivos. In December 1998 Rick moved his winery operation into his own 5,400 sq. foot building in Lompoc.
"My belief that the Santa Barbara wine region would someday produce world class wines has come true," Rick states, "and my dream of having my own winery has also come true."
 
The long narrow Longoria tasting room has a mix of oriental carpets, artwork, maps of Burgundian vineyards, wine barrels, an antique wine press, and a small selection of wine accessories, books and music CDs. French doors lead outside to a charming country garden fringed with tall rose bushes, fruit trees and climbing jasmine. A few tables and chairs are intermixed with fountains and a small grassy lawn.
 
 
Longoria wines are handcrafted in very small quantities ranging from 50 cases to 500 cases. Total production at this time is about 3,500 cases.
 

My Apprenticeship With Andre
Andre Tchelistcheff was a legendary winemaker and is considered to be the Father of modern California winemaking. He passed away in 1994, at the age of 92 years old. I had the good fortune to meet and work with Andre Tchelistcheff at my very first job at the Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma in 1974. We remained close friends throughout my career and he would often visit me during his stay in the Valley.
- Richard Longoria

 

Longoria Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Storefront only
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Gift Shop - Special
Picnic Sites
Picnic Sites- Superior
Art Gallery
Gift Shop
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Only love for Longoria
Orion, Santa Barbara
The humble quality and artistic value of the Longoria Winery is what captures my heart every time I wander into the quaint tasting room in downtown Los Olivos. Although the selection is small I did not feel that this took away from the experience in the slightest. The feeling remains that Longoria is a family oriented winery and their selection displays the quality and care placed into each bottle. The 2005 Blues Cuvee is hands down my choice, the commemorative label exhibits choice artwork displaying the musical and artistic appreciation that Longoria Winery holds.

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