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Santa Barbara County

Political district or AVA area in the north of the Central Coast region in California about 160 kilometres north of Los Angeles. It includes the AVA areas Santa Maria Bench, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley. The first vines were planted here in the 18th century by missionaries. The Franciscan monk Junipero Serra (1713-1784) played an important role in this. Large-scale viticulture developed from the end of the 1960s, and today there are around 4,500 hectares under vines. Santa Barbara became known in wide circles in 2004 through the film "Sideways", which also triggered a real Pinot Noir boom throughout California (two couples visit Californian wineries, enjoy wine and philosophize about it)

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