Sanford Wine Tasting Room

Sanford Wine Tasting Room

Designing the Sanford Wine Tasting room has been a blast, here’s a quick glimpse into my project. The wine tasting room is located at Rancho La Rinconada 40 minutes north of Santa Barbara.  With the success of the movie Sideways, millions of filmgoers discovered Sanford, which was the first stop on the characters’ Santa Barbara wine county tour.  

looking down on the Sanford Wine Tasting Room in the Santa Rita Hills

While I am an avid lover of Pinot Noir living in Pinot country, Sideways introduced Pinot Noir to a host of international wine drinkers not yet familiar with this great varietal. Thanks in large part to the Terlato Wine Group and Sanfords’ winemaker Steve Fennell , Sanford is considered one of the top 5 vineyards for Pinot in the United States!  

The tasting room is a two-story  California Mission style structure, and was built using  green construction techniques. The wood is recycled salvaged lumber from an old barn purchased in Washington State and transported to and milled on site.  The facade consists of native California stone at its base and more than 15,000 handmade adobe bricks, also made on site, for the exterior walls. 

the entrance to the Sanford wine tasting room

Wine & Spirits magazine cited Sanford as one of the top examples of winery architectural design in the U.S. in 2006.

The owners, the Terlato Wine Group, wanted to remain true to the feeling of the architecture, history of the area and location off 101 which was part of the California Mission Trail.  So my instructions were to give the Sanford Wine Tasting Room an old world feel, and a look of the old mission trading posts found along the original El Camino Real.

The basic display pieces were made by authentic Mexican craftsmen.  And, the wine tasting bar was made out of the left over salvaged lumber.  Art work includes Terlato family photos and original paintings by local plein air artist, BJ Stapen.  The textile wall hangings were also woven especially for the tasting room by Alicia Blackwell, a local weaver, to help with sound issues.  All the original art is for sale!

part of the wine tasting room

It will take some time, and a continued collection of accessories and unique product to turn it into a complete “trading post “, so keep coming back to see all the changes.

The Sanford Wine Tasting Room is located midway between Buellton and Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, just off Hwy. 101, at 5010 Santa Rosa Road.  Stop by and enjoy a great glass of wine in an amazing setting…say Irene sent you…just for fun!

In the meantime…enjoy a virtual tour, Cheers!

 

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