Mention Day Trips for 10% off any regularly priced wine purchase at the tasting room.
Make your trip to Santa Barbara wine country complete with a visit to Martian Ranch & Vineyard! Located just three miles off Highway 101 and minutes south of the town of Los Alamos, Martian Ranch provides an out-of-this-world experience for guests. The tasting room, which opened in October 2013, features biodynamically-farmed, vibrant wines from Martian Ranch’s estate vineyard.
Winery Owner, Nan Helgeland, is the earthly force behind Martian Ranch & Vineyard. Originally from Cape Cod, Nan found her inspiration in the world-class wines produced in Santa Barbara County. She purchased the 102-acre property in 2007 and planted the vineyard in 2008. The first estate wines were bottled from the 2011 vintage.
The Martian Ranch tasting room is a fun and comfortable place to enjoy a unique selection of estate wines, each named after a celestial notion, from the Stellar Viognier to Local Group Grenache Noir and Mothership Grenache Blanc. The glass wall behind the tasting bar offers a view of the large Foudre barrels in the wine cellar. Tours of the winery are available upon request.
Featured in the New York Times, SF Chronicle and Jon Bonné’s book, “The New California Wine,” Martian Ranch is Nan’s vision come to life, a vineyard and winery dedicated to the journey “From sky to ground to grape to barrel to bottle… and straight into your glass!”
Albariño, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Gamay Noir, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Tempranillo
• The name Martian Ranch comes from Nan’s two sons—Martin and Ian—and their combined alien nickname.
• In biodynamic farming, each part of the growing process revolves around four elements: root (earth), leaf (water), flower (air) and fruit (fire). Together, these elements create the highest expression of harvest.
• Bocce ball court, horseshoe pit, spacious picnic areas and VIP group tastings. Dog friendly!