Margerum Wine Company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown at the top vineyards from around Santa Barbara. We carefully select the vineyards with meticulous attention to detail in all factors influencing the ultimate quality of the wines, including pruning, soil, climate, and farming methods. Our valley, which runs east to west, is ideally situated to grow grapes that produce a higher acid wines with lower alcohols, fine textures, deep concentration and the capacity to age.
From the cold valleys of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA which experience wind, fog, and low temperatures to the cool micro-climate of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA where mid-morning fog lifts to sunshine and summertime temperatures in the low to mid-nineties, our region allows us to produce wines unlike any other area in the world.
All of our wines are available directly from the website and at our tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, located at 813 Anacapa Street. You will find our wines at high quality restaurants and independent wine stores throughout the country.
Sybarite: SYBARITE is our definitive Sauvignon Blanc. An amalgamation of all of the top Sauvignon Blanc vineyards we work with in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. By blending these diverse vineyards we get bold expressions of Sauvignon Blanc’s range of flavors. The result is a wine with remarkable complexity, texture, persistence, and length. SYBARITE is a general term for describing one fond of pleasure and luxury. SYBARITE is derived from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southeastern Italy noted for the luxurious, pleasure-seeking habits of many of its inhabitants. It is pronounced Sib-bar-right.
D Sauvignon Blanc: D is an exploration of what can be done with Sauvignon Blanc—it is a combination of selected picks of Sauvignon Blanc (with four to twenty-four hours of skin contact that was fermented in new barriques and large format barrels, fermented in newer barrels, and fermented stainless steel.
This is a blend of fruit from both Margerum Ranch Vineyard and Dampier Vineyard located in Klickitat County, Washington. We ferment very cold to keep the wine fresh, bright, and clean. The wine is more Germanic in style and structure – there is a slight sweetness backed with intense acidity – making it a perfect by the glass wine and a great accompaniment with seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.
Margerum Ranch Vineyard is located in a very marginal place for successfully growing vinifera. When we do get a crop the grapes are physiologically ripe with very low sugar. The resulting wine is more Austrian in style and structure – there is a slight sweetness backed with intense acidity – making it a perfect by the glass wine and a great accompaniment with seafood and spicy Asian cuisine. This is Pinot Gris that is grown on our red basalt soils overlooking the Klickitat River. Our vineyard in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains redefines the envelope of where cool climate grapes can be grown. The wine is exceptionally lean, tight and clean.
Margerum Riviera Rosé is comprised of Grenache gently pressed and blended with saigneé of Grenache, Counoise, and Cinsault. We add some red barrel aged Grenache (3%) to the blend to give color, light tannins, and weightiness. The aromas are packed full of strawberry, watermelon, dried rose petals and heady Grenache earth flavors. A very textural rose; it has good mouth feel and a hint of creaminess.
We make this from top-quality Riesling fruit grown at Kick-On vineyard. Fermented to a point where the slight sweetness is balanced perfectly with the crisp acidity. All stainless steel fermented and steel aged. A perfect balance of slight sweetness balanced with apple and citrus fruit acidity. Fragrant and food-friendly; especially good paired with delicate (or raw) fish.