The brand known as Fess Parker is familiar throughout Santa Barbara wine county. Fess was on television playing Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett. He bought land in the area with the intention of planting grapes and owning cattle. However, plans change and he ended up with a winery and successful family business. Not a bad compensatory result for the one-time TV star known for having a hairy face
The Fess Parker winery can be found along the Foxen Trail. The stunning wine trail makes its way over rolling hills, through countless vineyards, and past the famous California oak trees. The winery itself is situated among this stunning collection of beauty. When you’re sampling wine at Fess Parker, you’ll be enjoying the stunning surroundings in the form of gorgeous patios and enormous lawns. Fess Parker might just have the most unique tasting experience in all of Santa Barbara. They have various options for private tasting and food pairings. The tastings are educational but don’t skimp on the fun, either.
It’s easy to end up spending most of your day here. The large grounds feature numerous areas for you to sit and think about the wine you’re tasting. There’s a sizeable lawn that’s ideal for your relaxing with your fellow wine tasters and enjoying a cheese plate or lunch. If you feel like you need a break from the sun, you can always move your tasting experience indoors in the stone barrel-ageing cave. If you feel like treating yourself, you could ask for the wine and brownie pairing.
Sunstone has a unique, old-world atmosphere. This ranges from the winery buildings and grounds to the wines themselves. There’s a wide range of wines for you to try, which makes it a fun experience for groups with different tastes. If you want the best experience you can get, you should think about spending at least one night at the Sunstone Villa. You can rent out the gorgeous estate for family events or small gatherings. Groups of up to 10 can stay here and you can even arrange for a private chef to be at your service. What a great way to experience Santa Barbara wine country.
There’s not one but two fantastic tasting rooms to visit at Foxen. Even if you prefer the historic “shack”, there’s something for you to enjoy, as each space offers a fantastic experience for the wine enthusiast. Foxen has earned its first-rate reputation for making first-rate white wines but don’t let that fool you: they also produce a number of stunning reds. Make sure to visit each location for a tasting. They offer different tasting experiences at the main tasting room and at the “shack”.
One of the highlights at the Foxen tasting rooms are the staff. They have great knowledge about wine and are more than happy to share that knowledge with guests. The winery clearly knows how to find and train staff.