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Sanford Winery & Vineyards

5010 Santa Rosa Road
Lompoc, CA 93436

Tasting:   Daily 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Tasting fee $10 with souvenir glass
  Scheduled Tours
Monday - Friday at 2 pm and weekends noon & 2 pm
  Groups of 10 or more require a reservation
Price Range:   $16 to $60 per bottle
Established:   1971
Vineyards:   265 acres, two vineyards
  40,000 cases

Sanford Winery & Vineyards Description

Sanford Winery welcomes visitors to their new tasting room adjacent to their stone and adobe winery and estate vineyards at Rancho La Rinconada. The new tasting room includes a private room for small groups or educational tastings by appointment. The spacious front and back covered terraces can accommodate groups and special events, offering 360-degree views of the winery and vineyards.
The expansive tasting room is a two-story structure built, in large part, from recycled materials, including salvaged lumber from a barn in Washington State. Its facade consists of native California stone at its base and more than 15,000 handmade adobe bricks on exterior walls, the same bricks used for the La Rinconada winery, which Wine & Spirits magazine cited as one of the top examples of winery architectural design in the U.S. in 2006.
Sanford has been noted as the first grower to plant within this cool vineyard zone concentrating on producing exquisite Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fruit for their wines comes from one of their two vineyards within the Santa Rita appellation. The unique climate has a heavy Pacific fog on summer mornings rolling eastward through the valley, holding morning temperatures in the 50's and 60's. By mid-morning, heat from the mountains pushes the marine layer back out to sea, warming the valley into the 70's and 80's.
The artwork of Sebastian Titus has been featured on the bottles of Sanford wine varietals since 1981. Each label depicts a wildflower that blossoms, in its season, in the Santa Rita Hills. Titus has designed more than 60 original wildflower paintings for Sanford's labels.

Sanford Winery & Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Pinot Noir
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites
Event Space
Gift Shop
Tours - Regularly Scheduled
"Green" Technology
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Sanford Winery & Vineyards Reviews

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Gorgeous Tasting Room
murphede, Fernley
My husband and I just visited Sanford for the first time with some friends and truly loved the beauty of the place. Inside everything is bright and spacious with a separate tasting bar for each flight. Outside on the back patio the views of the vineyard are amazing and would be perfect for a picnic! Of all the wines, the only one we really enjoyed was the Chardonnay. Well worth a trip back!

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Step out back
Eagle12, Chicago
This winery is a must see at least once on your visit to the area. The wines are very good. We tasted all reds at the tasting bar out on the back patio and our pourer, Ryan was pleasant and knowledgeable. The views from the back patio are amazing, that combined with some very well made wines make this a must stop. Your sipping some well made chardonnay or pinot overlooking vineyards with mountains surrounding you in the background. Whats not to like. I purchased no wine but others in my family purchased bottles of pinot

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The Tasting Room
margedoor5, Santa Cruz
Being from northern California I have done my share of wine tasting and I have never seen a tasting room quite like this. It is a site to see and is simply beautiful. My favorite wine that I tasted was Pinot Noir.

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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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