Founded in 1990 as one of the first organic vineyard estates in Santa Barbara County, Sunstone Winery is considered to be one of the most visually stunning winery estates in California. Named for the vineyard’s exposed sun-dappled shale and stones, Sunstone is a destination winery that has been honored many times over by Santa Barbara Independent readers as “Best Santa Ynez Valley Tasting Room”.
At Sunstone, located just 35 minutes north of Santa Barbara, you can seemingly transport yourself to the French countryside. Upon arrival, guests enter the winery’s inviting lavender and rosemary filled courtyard, leading to the expansive picnic grounds and the gorgeous stone tasting room and barrel aging caves, recalling the rustic homes and barns of Provence.
Sunstone’s 28-acre vineyard was planted in 1990 to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier, and is completely farmed in an organic, bio-sustainable manner, meeting the highest organic farming standards in viticulture. It is believed that Sunstone is now the oldest, continuously organically grown vineyard in Santa Barbara County.
Perched on the hillside above the winery is The Sunstone Villa, an 8,500 square foot architectural masterpiece reserved for private events and guest experiences. Completed in 2002 using reclaimed materials from across France, the Villa is a living piece of history.
Sunstone specializes in Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Our wines have been awarded numerous 90+ ratings by professional wine critics and we are Santa Barbara County’s premier producer of Merlot and Viognier. Guests can enjoy wines by the glass or bottle or indulge in a full tasting flight. Whether you are new to wine or an aspiring sommelier, our wine specialists are happy to share our wines with you and answer questions.