Sign up for the Daily Sip

Your daily dose of wine knowledge.
Fun, short emails featuring wines, winemakers, regions, gadgets and more.


Email Address
Sign up to receive The Daily Sip for free
 Filed as : California

Not Your Run-Of-The-Mill Wine Route

Aug 9, 2012
Not Your Run-Of-The-Mill Wine Route
Lompoc’s Wine Ghetto is a unique experience

lompoc-wine-ghettoThe name alone tweaks one’s curiosity, but the laid back factor is a big sell too for this little industrial-park-turned-wine-hotspot in Lompoc, California, an easy drive from the seaside city of Santa Barbara. It’s called the Wine Ghetto, and there are no green hills or landscaped lawns here. This place looks like a storage center. But the wine inside those nondescript buildings is top-rate: 16 tasting rooms sell 20 brands of wine such as:
Fiddlehead Cellars
Palmina
Flying Goat Cellars
Longoria

The warehouse neighborhood is about two city blocks in size and some production facilities double as tasting rooms. The wines are sourced from various places, including the prestigious Santa Rita Hills region, known for excellent pinot noir. And don’t assume the word ghetto means the wines will be bargain basement. There are just as many $60 a bottle offerings as there are $18 ones.

The Lompoc Wine Ghetto is about 45 minutes from Santa Barbara and two hours from Los Angeles. It’s surrounded by many traditional estate wineries in the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos.

What’s your favorite winery in Santa Barbara County? Tell us below.

 


Tags: wine, California, Santa Barbara County, Lompoc

Previous Sip



Keep Your Spritz About You
Do You Know Wine?

Which refers to the palest, bone dry sherry?

Answer





Search