Zaca Mesa Winery
Syrah, Vision and History
The year was 1983 when Zaca Mesa made its very first Syrah, blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and harvested from the first Syrah planting in Santa Barbara County. The original tasting notes by Ken Brown were concise and to the point: “This Syrah displays abundant fruit and pleasing complexities…..the first Syrah produced by Zaca Mesa Winery, and promises to be a very popular wine”. Celebrating the original Zaca Mesa Syrah, the celebratory 30th anniversary release mirrors the original wine. While Ken Brown has since moved on, the Syrahs of Zaca Mesa have become very popular and there is always an impressive variety to be enjoyed in the tasting room.
An Historical Tasting Room
A visit to the people, dog and family friendly tasting room is a memorable and educational experience. Housed in the original 1978 barn and winery, you are surrounded by the history of Zaca Mesa and of winemaking in the Santa Barbara area. One of the oldest wineries in Santa Barbara, Zaca Mesa was the first to plant Syrah, establishing a benchmark for one of the most important varietals grown in the region.
Taste and Learn
Sip out on the patio with a picnic lunch or in the comfort of their charming tasting room. The tasting menu always has an interesting assortment of choices. On weekdays, you may pick any six out of nine selections, and on weekends, an assortment of six wines will be poured for you by one of the affable staff. Enjoy wines which have a history of receiving 90 point plus ratings from publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits and other well regarded industry publications.
In addition to wine club member events, be certain to check out the fun and educational happenings being held by Zaca University. These are hands on, quarterly seminars at the winery and in the vineyards, in addition to focused tastings and even blending opportunities.
Visit Zaca Mesa for an enjoyable and educational total experience in wine.