Bien Nacido in the News
A Sustainability Leader, Santa Barbara County Is the Wine Region of the Year
With a stunning diversity of microclimates, a thriving culinary scene and a small yet cosmopolitan seaside city as its cultural core, Santa Barbara County is a wine lover’s paradise.
Santa Barbara Is The Most Exciting Wine Destination In The U.S.
There’s something about Santa Barbara right now that is really occupying its moment, staking claim to a confident space where good farming intersects with careful vinification as it taps into the oenological and cultural zeitgeist.
Historic Bien Nacido Vineyard Continues to Collect National Recognition
Bien Nacido, one of Santa Barbara County’s oldest and most distinguished vineyards, was recognized by two national publications earlier this year.
The 17 Most Important California Vineyards All Wine Lovers Need to Know
A great trick for buying the best bottles of California wine? Memorizing the names of top vineyards so you can spot them on labels.
The 42 Best Syrahs to Buy Right Now
Our favorite Syrahs from familiar regions in California and Australia and less-expected locales in Idaho and beyond. Syrah has the potential to be grown and crafted in as wide a range of styles as any grape variety in the world.
California's Grand Cru Vineyards Emerge
An informal Grand Cru is emerging in California, and it is at once as dead-serious and casual as the ambition and culture that defines the Golden State's mysterious and magnetic modus operandi.
California Syrah: top Santa Barbara County wines
Santa Barbara County Syrahs are some of the most expressive and nuanced in California. From the 'Syrah capital' of Ballard Canyon to cool-climate Santa Maria Valley and saline examples from Sta Rita Hills, Matthew Luczy picks out some must-try wines.
California Syrah: a rags to riches story – and the top-scoring wines
Matthew Luczy charts the rise of this ‘regal yet humble’ grape variety in California, including the change of style from the early days of the Rhône Rangers. And from a tasting of 82 wines he reveals the top 14 to try.
Walking The Rows: Bien Nacido Vineyard In California’s Santa Maria Valley AVA
There is one vineyard that stands out—way out—when it comes to single vineyard designated wines: Bien Nacido. This spot is the source for 15,000 single vineyard designated wine releases over the course of its 43 year history.
10 Vineyards Behind the World’s Most Famous Wines
It is often said that great wine begins in the vineyard, and with many of the world’s most storied wines, that is unequivocally true. Yes, viticulture can be confounding, but it’s the all-important factor that truly makes great wine.
5 Wines on our Radar This Winter
Produced from fruit grown on the historic own-rooted vineyard of Bien Nacido Vineyard, planted in 1973, this mineral-driven Santa Maria Valley chardonnay is a stellar cellar selection that will gracefully develop over the next 10 years.
Meet one of Californias most influential wineries
Even if you’ve never tried any of the wines created by Bien Nacido Estate, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve tasted something that hails from the winery’s vineyard in California’s Santa Maria Valley. That’s because Bien Nacido – one of the first vineyards ever established the Santa Barbara area – has lent its signature grapes to countless other producers in California and beyond over the past five decades, deeply rooting its influence on the world of wine.
Santa Maria Valley AVA and must try wines
Matthew Luczy takes you through the Santa Maria Valley - the first region in Santa Barbara County to receive AVA status - and picks some of its top wines.