Wines Produced: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Albarino, Tempranillo Winemaker: Rick Longoria Case Production: 2,300 Case Production: Email
Founded in 1982, Longoria Wines was established with the goal of producing artisanal wines from the best vineyards of Santa Barbara County. During his winemaking career, Rick Longoria has worked with over thirty different local vineyards in his never ending quest to find the “grand cru” caliber vineyards in Santa Barbara County. A true pioneer, Rick is one of a handful of winemakers that has been making wine in Santa Barbara County over 40 years. Rick and his wife Diana have dedicated their lives to this winery which remains small, family owned, operated and completely dedicated to quality. Rick remains a hands-on winemaker and business owner. The production which still averages a minuscule 2,500 cases annually after thirty-five years, has been kept small so that Rick will never outgrow his ability to be completely involved with every stage of the production of his wines. Additionally, Rick’s insistence on fruit of the highest quality has by necessity kept production small. Although total production is very small, Rick produces as many as 14 different wines ranging from 50 to 500 cases. Rick produces wines that exhibit a purity of fruit and distinctive vineyard expression. The style can be briefly described as “balanced, elegant, rich, silky wines, true to varietal and vineyard source that will age well.” Longoria’s Estate Fe Ciega vineyard is located in the western part of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. This gently sloping, south facing site features a cool, dry climate and clay loam/shale soils – perfect for Pinot Noir. The wines from Fe Ciega are typically dark, intense and highly aromatic. Vineyard-designated bottlings by Longoria and other top producers have routinely earned praise and high scores from the media. The vineyard, planted by Rick in 1998, has been an essential part of the growth and reputation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Since its first harvest in 2001, Fe Ciega has proven itself to be one of California’s “Grand Cru” sites.