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Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room

36A South Calle Cesar Chavez
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-5655

Tasting:   Sat - Sun; Noon - 4:00pm or by appointment
Tasting fee $8
  Informal Tours
Price Range:   $30 to $50 per bottle
Established:   1985
  2500 cases

Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room Description

Found in a warehouse district south of Santa Barbara’s bustling downtown and a “nine iron shot” from the beach, Whitcraft Winery creates cult status wines in its humble non-picture postcard location. The tasting room is small but attractive with its tasting counter made from old wine boxes.

Chris Whitcraft is obsessed with producing the highest quality wines. His signature varietals are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the almost unknown Lagrein.
Chris entered the wine profession over 30 years ago, first as a retailer then as a journalist, wholesaler and ultimately a producer. Because of his long time wine industry credentials, he has been able to secure contracts with premium growers. This superior fruit is then made with great care into his fruit forward style wines.

All of the reds and most of the whites are never fined, filtered or pumped and the smallest amount possible of sulfur is used. No other chemicals, other than natural yeast and, if necessary, natural acids are used. Also available is a high end ($120) sparkling wine. Sadly he will no longer produce the Lagrein after the 2005 vintage.

Whitcraft Winery & Tasting Room Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Casual & Relaxed
Storefront only
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
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A New Addition to my Favorite's List
TheAmericanIdol, Santa Barbara
I was overwhelmingly pleased by this winery. I was not familiar with this winery whatsoever when I went to their tasting room and was surprised at the high quality, amazingly awesome wines (specifically the Pinot Noir) which will certainly rival any Pinot statewide. The wines, I do admit, are fairly pricey (upwards of $50 for a bottle) but if you buy it for a special occasion it is well worth it. The Pinot has a bright red color and has a complex aroma which hints on cinnamon spice. It has a silky texture which graces the palate with a heavenly smooth finish. Visit this winery if you have the opportunity, but be aware of tourist season.

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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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