What Makes Santara Barbara Wine Country Ideal for Making Wine and What Sub-Regions Are There?

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Geography

The unique orientation of the geography and proximity to the ocean make this area perfect for growing grapes. Our Santa Maria Valley runs east to west instead of the more common north to south, so cool ocean air and fog are funneled in and cooling the area all year long.

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Sub-Regions of the Santa Barbara Wine Region

The Santa Ynez AVA and Happy Canyon, on the eastern part of the county, are blocked by mountains which makes them warmer overall. A new sub region is called Ballard Canyon — a small pocket in Santa Ynez that specializes in really amazing Syrah.  Santa Barbara is currently home to the Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Santa Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon and Happy Canyon AVAs, with a few more in the works.

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Laura Booras
A transplant from the Carolinas, Laura has been in the Santa Barbara County wine business since 2004. Raised in a family dedicated to wine importing, distributing, and sales, she was attracted to the wine industry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after graduating moved directly to Santa Ynez.

Through many years of exploring foods from all parts of the world, Laura has developed an expertise in pairing food and wine. In 2013, she received a Masters in Business administration from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business. Recently, she passed her Level 3 WSET exam with distinction. A substantial retail background and experience in the local wine business led her to Riverbench, where she has worked as General Manager since 2007.
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A transplant from the Carolinas, Laura has been in the Santa Barbara County wine business since 2004. Raised in a family dedicated to wine importing, distributing, and sales, she was attracted to the wine industry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after graduating moved directly to Santa Ynez. Through many years of exploring foods from all parts of the world, Laura has developed an expertise in pairing food and wine. In 2013, she received a Masters in Business administration from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business. Recently, she passed her Level 3 WSET exam with distinction. A substantial retail background and experience in the local wine business led her to Riverbench, where she has worked as General Manager since 2007.


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