Santa Maria Valley
Located on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery is a beautiful sight to visit and wine taste some of Santa Barbara’s best wines. Nestled inside a 78-acre canyon filled with cottonwood trees, Cottonwood Canyon is a peaceful place to sit and enjoy a glass a wine, while looking out across this gorgeous property and the valley beyond. From several different vantage points around the property, you can see the spectacular San Rafael Mountains, while you feel the breeze of the Pacific Ocean.
Cottonwood Canyon produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, which are all long-lived and can age gracefully for years. We experienced the Cottonwood Canyon Cave Tour and wine tasting. Samantha, the taproom manager, served us seven different wines during our wine tasting, including one straight from the barrel. Each wine varied in year it was produced, dating all the way back to 2005.
Experience On-Site Cave Tours.
If the wine is not enough to amaze, then their wine caves are sure to peak your interests. Cottonwood Canyon is the first winery in Santa Barbara County to build its own wine cave. The wine cave is located about 100 steps below, and built beneath the Cottonwood Canyon wine tasting showroom. This is where all of the distribution takes place. We were greeted with the sight of six acres of Sharon’s Canyon Pinot Noir.
As soon as we entered the cave, we passed through two huge, ornate, wooden doors. Walking into the caves felt as if we were about to climb aboard the Pirates of Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The cave was lined with lights and had a massive chandelier lighting our way. At the end of the cave, a large wooden table held the barrel that we tasted from. Visiting wine caves and having the opportunity to do a barrel tasting is so much fun and a unique experience. Did you know that in addition to taking home fantastic wines, you can take home beautiful wine barrels?