The drive on the way to the Rusack is all part of the experience. As you make your way around the twisting country roads, you’ll see some stunning vistas showing off idyllic rural life. The stacked stone walls mark off fields of alpaca and cows. There’s even farm equipment from years gone by. And, of course, there are the waves and waves of vines in all directions.
Once you’ve reached the winery, the first thing you’ll want to do is locate a spot on the enormous deck. From here, you can see some of the very same views with the advantage of enjoying them while sampling some wine. You’ll definitely want to try a bottle of their Syrah or Pinot Noir.
Margerum Wine Company
This tasting room is found in the neighbourhood of Presido next to the Wine Cask restaurant. The room may be small, but it offers a great experience with its fun staff and warm atmosphere. You’ll also find some of the finest wines in all of Santa Barbara County here. Doug Margerum has enjoyed a successful history in the food and wine scene in Santa Barbara. He’s had a significant role to play when it comes to the growth and production of Rhone wines and blends. In fact, his wines have become well-known throughout the world for their first-rate quality and they receive more than 90 points from established wine publications on a regular basis. The winery is the perfect place to taste some wine before dining at the Wine Cask.
Brick Barn Estates
It’s easy to miss this tasting room and winery when you’re cruising down a busy road between Lompac and Buellton. So be sure to keep your eyes open as you won’t want to miss one of Santa Barbara County’s most stunning wineries.
Brick Barn Estates is located in a one-time Arabian horse ranch. Horses were bred and trained here among the stunning hills around the estate. Today, you’ll see one acre of vines after another. The barn has been converted into a beautiful tasting room and winery with a Mediterranean vibe. The tasting patio is comfortable with mature oak trees all around that add to the experience.
This winery can be found on the Santa Barbara wine region’s northern fringe. This means that for most winery seekers, it’s off the beaten path. That shouldn’t stop you from paying it a visit, however.
The vineyards are fortunate in that they benefit from Santa Monica valley’s unique terroir. The cool breezes from the coast ensure a slow reopening of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. This results in complex wines showcasing a nice acidity balance.Both the tasting rooms and the grounds are stunning. They’ve ensured that the landscape and contemporary architecture complement each other. There are some wonderful views of the valley and the vineyards from the hilltop. You can also find some comfortable spots in order to enjoy tasting your wine while conversing with other wine lovers.There are some unique advantages for members of this wine club. There’s a tasting menu designed specifically for members and there are even concerts. That’s if you reside in the area. If you’re just visiting, you should still definitely include this one on your shortlist.