At Sunstone Vineyards and Winery, located just 35-minutes north of Santa Barbara, you can seemingly transport yourself to a Provencal French countryside. Named after the vineyard estate's exposed, sun-dappled shale and stones, Sunstone is a beautifully tranquil retreat where you can enjoy a glass of wine in ur lavender and rosemary-filled courtyard, in our stone barrel-aging caves, or perhaps enjoy lunch at our picnic tables shaded by olive and oak trees. Whether you are new to wine or an aspiring sommelier, our wine specialists are happy to share our wines with you and answer questions.
Sunstone has been committed to growing wine grapes without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fungicides since the initial planting in 1990. With 100% of the 28-acre estate vineyard certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (C.C.O.F.), Sunstone's estate-grown wines are the product of a vineyard in harmony with the Earth's cycles throughout the year. "Not only do organic vineyards and toxin-free soils more accurately reflect the Santa Ynez Valley terroir, but they also respect our consumers' health and the health of the people who work here," explains the President and CEO, Bion Rice. The merlot, cabernet franc, viognier, and syrah grapes from Sunstone's certified organic vineyards are crafted by winemaker Bion Rice into wines marked by firm structure with a balanced, sophisticated mouthfeel. Bion strives to translate the unique character of the estate into a wine that is true to the terroir.
The Villa at Sunstone is made from reclaimed limestone and artifacts from France. This 8,500 square foot Tuscan-inspired event center is now available for location shoots, culinary retreats and dreamy weddings. Sunstone's tasting room is reminiscent of some of the small wineries in the Provencal French countryside. The gorgeous courtyards and picnic grounds, surrounded by vineyards, provide the perfect place to experience the wines. Over 5,000 square feet of stone barrel-aging caves are built into the hillside. Winemaker dinners and other special events are held in the tasting room, caves, and courtyard year-round.