Pence Vineyards & Winery

Sta. Rita Hills, CA

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  • Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room $20.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 6

    Daily

    Enjoy a personal sit-down tasting, led by our Sommeliers and Hospitality Team, featuring our main Estate wines along with selections from our small production Penny Label Collection. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • Personal Tasting in the Canyon $30.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 6

    Daily

    Nestled amongst ancient oaks in a secluded canyon, surrounded by California native plants, in what feels like being miles away from the big city, your group will enjoy a personal tasting led by our Sommeliers and Hospitality Team. This Tasting features our main Estate wines along with selections from our small production Penny Label Collection. Settle in, take in the views and enjoy the peacefulness of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • Private Tasting at the Pond House $50.00/ppGROUP SIZE 6 - 6

    Immerse yourself even further into the sanctuary of our ranch and vineyards with The Pond House Tasting. Crafted by Quakers, the octagon shaped Pond House is the perfect pastoral setting to enjoy our property and wines. Your group will enjoy a personal, seated tasting led by our Sommeliers and Hospitality Team featuring our main Estate wines along with selections from our small production Penny Label Collection. Approximately 2 Hours.

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  • Private Terroir Tasting in the Vineyard $90.00/ppGROUP SIZE 2 - 6

    Daily

    Geek Alert! Join one of our Sommeliers on a walk through the vineyard focusing on the concept of Terroir, a French term used to describe the location and environmental influences affecting grape quality. Using 4 Pinot Noirs and 2 Chardonnays, we will taste through different wines grown on separate parcels and blocks, and discuss what the influences are affecting their aroma, taste and quality. Many subjects on wine will be covered along with the Human Terroir factor. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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About Pence Vineyards & Winery

We are a small Vineyard and Winery located in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County. We organically farm 38 acres of world-class Pinot Noir, Syrah, Gamay and Chardonnay.

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As a vineyard-centric producer, we acknowledge the singularity of our terroir demands a dedication to proven Old World techniques of employing only wild yeasts in the cellar; using oak conservatively yet deliberately; fermenting in porous concrete and oak puncheons rather than stainless steel; using sulphur only during post fermentation; and investing in only the finest oak barrels and custom made, large scale Foudres.

Inspired by our unique clay soils mixed with ocean sediments; various vineyard sun aspects and orientations; and ‘refrigerated-sunlight’ climate, we are fully committed to our unique and special location. It is this knowledge that motivates us to produce compelling and thought-provoking wines that will pair well with food and age gracefully.

Any visitor to Pence will come away with an unparalleled tasting experience led by our Certified Sommeliers and very knowledgeable Hospitality Team. A tour of the property will remind you of the timelessness of old California and the sheer beauty of why this state has attracted travelers for centuries. We hope that you will find a Personal Tasting Experience below that accommodates your interests and be confident that it will match or exceed your expectations.

**There are 3 resident ranch dogs at Pence. To best respect them and their space, we do not allow visiting pets on the property. If you are traveling with your pet, please park outside the main gate, with your pet remaining inside your vehicle. Thank you.

Notable Features

  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Owned
  • Hand-crafted
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Olive Orchard
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • General Tasting
  • Private Tasting
  • Special Event
  • Special Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Chardonnay
  • Gamay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Keith N. Member Since 6/26/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 5/30/20 1:00 PM

So, I'm a little biased because I'm a wine club member here. They are always so helpful. A shout out to Linda and Kristen who took such good care of us. This is the best winery in the Santa Ynez valley by far!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rick & Danielle R. Member Since 1/18/2019My Boss
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 5/30/20 1:00 PM

It really doesn’t matter the time of year you show at Pence.. the experience is always A Class. The service the wine and now the food. Thank you for a fantastic time..

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
stephanie d. Member Since 3/1/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 3/14/20 2:00 PM

We were booked for a canyon tasting, so a little disappointed when it got rained out! We tasted inside and were warmly greeted with a beautiful sitting area with wonderful cheese platters. We will be back!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Richard G. Member Since 8/18/2018My BFF
Private Tasting at the Dock on 3/07/20 12:15 PM

The best winery in the SRH AVA for great wine and education.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Pat K. Member Since 1/13/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 3/06/20 1:00 PM

Lovely setting Great wine Total pleasure

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brian D. Member Since 3/5/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 3/06/20 3:00 PM

We have been members of the Pence Wine Club for several years, and really enjoy the tasting experience, along with the excellent wines. We frequent the area, along with Napa and Paso, and put the Pence experience with CA's best.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ellen & Scott J. Member Since 3/4/2018My Frenemy
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 3/01/20 3:00 PM

Very nice and our service was very nice!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Reina P. Member Since 2/26/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 2/29/20 11:00 AM

Such a lovely setting. Rustic but hip at the same time. But even more than that, the wine was outstanding. Pence wine was far superior to all other tasting we did that day. Chardonnay is dreamy!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrea C. Member Since 11/30/2017My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/27/20 2:00 PM

I’m not sure about “Encore Winery” but Pence is fantastic!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Josie P. Member Since 7/18/2015My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/15/20 2:00 PM

The grounds at Pence are a beautiful setting to enjoy their lovely wines

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Mr P. Member Since 10/3/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/27/20 2:00 PM

I brought guests here that I drove on a Wine Tour. The service, wine, & ambiance exceeded their expectations! Thank you Pence Team!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kiera B. Member Since 2/19/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 2/19/20 2:00 PM

Our experience at Pence was wonderful. Kristen was warm, welcoming and knowledgeable about all the wines. She made us feel like we were long time friends rather than customers. And we LOVED every wine more than the one before!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Becky W. Member Since 2/16/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/17/20 11:00 AM

Pence Winery is the quintessential old-style tasting place. You should definitely book the canyon tour, it's only $10 more but offers so much more than the tasting room (which is also beautiful). Having a personal host is terrific!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeff Z. Member Since 8/5/2016My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/16/20 2:00 PM

It was an extremely enjoyable experience. My group was treated beyond well. We are big fans of the wines but were blown away by the hospitality. Great attention to detail.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeff and Kristen R. Member Since 8/19/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/14/20 1:00 PM

It really is amazing! So happy we are members - employees are so knowledgeable and so nice

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dean S. Member Since 2/5/2020Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 2/08/20 2:00 PM

What an amazing experience! The wines were wonderful. The property is gorgeous and above all our experience with Linda could not have been better. She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. It far exceeded expectations!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason V. Member Since 8/22/2019Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/07/20 1:00 PM

At one point we had 3employees engaging with us. Our wine pourer was a delight and new exactly how to craft the story of the vineyard and suggested delectable food pairing with each wine. I thought the experience was luxurious.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tracy D. Member Since 3/15/2018Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 2/03/20 11:00 AM

We were met with great hospitality and a beautiful property. We immediately joined wine club and excited to come back with friends

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Teri L. Member Since 1/26/2020Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 2/01/20 12:00 PM

I have been meaning to go to Pence for awhile now but never got around to it. Boy was that a mistake. The grounds are beautiful and the wine was amazing! Claire is extremely knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic tour and experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jessica R. Member Since 7/22/2019Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 1/30/20 11:00 AM

I've been to Pence a few times now and absolutely love it! The atmosphere is stunning and serene, the wines are delicious, meanwhile Kristen is the epitome of hospitality!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kylie M. Member Since 1/17/2020Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 1/22/20 1:00 PM

From the vineyard tour to the outdoor tasting with a beautiful charcuterie board - this winery was incredible! Josh was so knowledgeable about all the wines and made it a wonderful experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alexander M. Member Since 11/19/2017Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 1/19/20 2:00 PM

The wines were some of the best we tried in the area, would highly recommend. We had an amazing wine guide who talked us through the tasting flight - he was extremely knowledgeable, very funny, and elevated the experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ali P. Member Since 1/6/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 1/05/20 3:00 PM

My friend and I had a great time, the atmosphere was positive and we enjoyed the tasting. We walked out with a few bottles too...

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ed and Heather H. Member Since 1/5/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 1/05/20 2:00 PM

A wonderful visit! We weren't aware we needed a reservation and were concerned initially we may have stumbled into something fancier or more expensive than we intended, but in the end the staff were very accommodating and the experience was one of the best of our trip. The wine was excellent. Would recommend! Thanks so much!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ann D. Member Since 1/1/2020My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 1/03/20 2:00 PM

Beautiful grounds, awesome hospitality, great wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kaitlin W. Member Since 5/1/2019My Parents
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 11/07/19 12:00 PM

We had an amazing visit a Pence! Kristen was the best host! She was fun, personable, and wanted to make our experience the most memorable. We loved hanging out with her and feel like we have a lifelong friend now. :) Can't wait to go back and visit the beautiful property and taste their delicious wines again!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeffrey M. Member Since 10/14/2015My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 12/31/19 1:00 PM

When we arrived they we already set up for the 6 of us. The person pouring was deligtful, the wine was good, and we all enjoyed the ride around to see the property. Everybody in our group joined the wine club.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael S. Member Since 11/22/2019My BFF
Private Tasting at the Dock on 12/31/19 12:15 PM

Amazing staff, scenery and, of course, wines! Nothing quite like this experience in Santa Rita Hills. A must for everyone looking to elevate their experience in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Beth B. Member Since 5/15/2017My BFF
Private Tasting at the Dock on 12/28/19 2:30 PM

We were greeted warmly upon arrival by our host for the tasting, who escorted us to a lovely setting by a quiet pond (complete with ducks). The wine was delicious, our host was very knowledgable and interesting to visit with (about the wines, local history and life), and the nibbles provided as part of our tasting were lovely. A very relaxing and memorable afternoon!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alan K. Member Since 12/27/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 12/28/19 1:00 PM

The combination of setting, wine quality, and hospitality ranks with the best experiences I've had in the area over the past couple of years.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tom S. Member Since 1/19/2018My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 12/27/19 2:00 PM

Wonderful experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jodie F. Member Since 11/6/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 11/07/19 11:00 AM

We had the most wonderful time at Pence Vineyards. We booked the Orchard tasting and were so glad we did. The tasting room was lovely, but the orchard, Oh MY! It was beautiful! We enjoyed the wines and learned so much from Linda, our guide! We never felt rushed and Linda answered all of our many questions. The only disappointment was they were out of their Pinot Noir when we were there! SAD

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Hal W. Member Since 11/11/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 11/15/19 10:00 AM

Fantastic in every way!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jen B. Member Since 11/25/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 11/29/19 1:00 PM

Excellent service and beautiful setting and wonderful wines

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sarah E. Member Since 10/22/2019My BFF
Private Tasting at the Dock on 10/31/19 10:00 AM

Our experience was highly personalized and memorable. It made our visit to the region extra special and I can't wait to come back next time we are in the area.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kristen A. Member Since 9/1/2018My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 11/08/19 2:00 PM

This is our third visit to Pence and we all voted it our favorite winery! Excellent wines, wonderful setting and service. It’s a tradition we wait for every Fall to get out of Los Angeles and visit Pence!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason L. Member Since 12/13/2019My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 12/13/19 3:00 PM

Our host was friendly, knowledgeable, and incredibly enjoyable. She made the visit so much more enjoyable than a standard tasting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas T. Member Since 11/2/2018My BFF
Personal Tasting in the Canyon on 11/01/19 1:00 PM

My wife and I have been visiting Santa Rita Hills wine country for 30 years but had never tried the (private) Pence Vineyard until recently. What a mistake! The winery entrance is quite standard compared to others in the area, but the experience changes remarkably as you go via golf cart to the canyon, dock or other private areas. Spend a little extra for that. Well worth it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
The M. Member Since 11/5/2019Evil Stepmother
Personal Tasting in the Tasting Room on 11/06/19 12:00 PM

Snooty. Little knowledge. Sour taste. Dregs in glass and bottle.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5

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