Local Business Profile by Irina Vinarskiy
From the 35-acre vineyard of the Happy Canyon of Santa Ynez, steeped in years of tradition and rich family history, comes a new Santa Barbara wine gem. “Our family purchased the land in the Happy Canyon area of Santa Ynez in the 1980s,” Katie Grassini told Santa Barbara View when asked about the local history. “For many years, it was used as grazing land for local cattle and horse ranches. In the late 1990’s, we decided to have the land evaluated to see if it would be a good site for growing grapes. When the results came back, we knew we had something very special, and decided to plant a vineyard dedicated to the Bordeaux varietals.”
“We are committed to using sustainable and biodynamic farming principles whenever possible, and hand-tend all of the vines, which results in an exceptional wine,” said Katie. “We’re located in the newly-christened Happy Canyon AVA, which is garnering a wonderful reputation for Bordeaux wines.”
Hidden amidst the white stone-walled passages and courtyards of El Paseo, the new Grassini Family Vineyards tasting room brings these uniquely crafted wines downtown Santa Barbara as the only 100% estate winery downtown. In the very heart of the historic El Paseo, it offers a nice, warm, wooden-clad (from 150 year-old reclaimed timbers), cozy escape from the rush of the holidays, a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted wine boutique offering a truly authentic Santa Barbara wine experience.
“We’re so thrilled to be a part of the El Paseo center,” she said. “It’s such a wonderful part of Santa Barbara history. I love walking through the winding hallways and the gorgeous courtyards, and I just knew it would be a special place to taste through our wines. I feel like we’re close enough to State Street to be convenient, but far enough off the beaten path that people know they’re someplace unique when they come in the door.”
The tasting room is open daily from 12 to 6 in El Paseo and is a not-to-miss oasis on a great holiday passage to exceptional hand-tended wines, unique gifts (clothing, gift baskets, wines, and wine accessories), and is a world apart from all the holiday shopping just minutes away.
The Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room, El Paseo
Hours: Daily from 12pm-6pm.