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Santa Barbara Martellotto Winery Welcomes Star Trek: Picard at Sunstone Winery

Santa Barbara Martellotto Winery Welcomes Star Trek: Picard at Sunstone Winery

Beam me up to Santa Barbara Wine Country! Martellotto Winery owner Greg Martellotto is excited about welcoming Hollywood to the region. Last year, Star Trek: Picard filmed in the area at Sunstone Winery. Now, Trekkies will venture out to explore the region and experience all that Santa Barbara Wine Country offers.

"I think it's fantastic that the Los Angeles entertainment industry is helping our young wine region gain additional exposure by filming more projects in beautiful Santa Barbara wine country,” says Greg. “This is truly one of the most lovely places in the world, and we love sharing our bounty with visitors. We hope fans of Star Trek will visit “Chateau Picard” and other neighboring wineries."

Star Trek fans to visit Chateau Picard and other santa barbara wineries

The new series features Patrick’s Stewart’s Captain Picard retired to his family vineyard in France. However, the actual vineyard and winery featured in the series belong to the Sunstone Winery near Santa Ynez in southern California. Santa Ynez is part of the Santa Ynez AVA wine region in the greater Santa Barbara County wine region.

Being so close to Hollywood offered significant cost and time savings versus filming in France. Built with materials shipped in from southern France, Sunstone’s “French-style” winery appears authentic on screen.

Martellotto Winery is located only a mere eight miles from Sunstone Winery in Buellton

Martellotto Winery is located only a mere eight miles from Sunstone Winery in Buellton. As a neighboring winery, Greg encourages Trekkies to stop by for a taste of his award-winning Bordeaux-style wines. 

Visiting some of the many wineries in the area should be on any Trekkies’ agenda. Beyond Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, visitors will enjoy tasting different varieties and styles of wine available.

In the wine triangle of Buellton, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez, visitors can spend an entire day without driving more than 30 miles. 

star trek picard toasts the new hollywood series with santa barbara county wine

With great restaurants, comfy accommodations, easy driving and parking, beautiful vistas, and delicious wine, Santa Barbara Wine Country delivers the perfect vacation. 

Though only a short drive from Los Angeles, this wine region is a world away from the hustle of the big city. Anyone, including Trekkies, will be seduced by the laid-back wine lifestyle of Santa Barbara Wine Country.

When visiting Sunstone Winery, die-hard Star Trek fans can toast the new series with Picard, Data, and the rest of the cast. 

Greg Martellotto encourages Trekkies making the pilgrimage to Sunstone to branch out. By visiting other wineries, they can enjoy the region’s celebration of food, wine, and good company. Costumes welcome!

martellotto winery encourages Trekkies making the pilgrimage to sunstone winery to visit the surrounding wineries

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. 

Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux-style wines. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

https://martellotto.com/

Santa Barbara Wine Country Ends Successful 2019 Grape Harvest

Santa Barbara Wine Country Ends Successful 2019 Grape Harvest

In Santa Barbara wine country, it’s all over but no crying this year. The 2019 Santa Barbara AVA grape harvest came to an end with little drama and a classic vintage. 

According to Greg Martellotto, owner of Martellotto Winery, “The 2019 harvest is high-quality with few remarkable challenges. Similar to 2016, the wines will be balanced, classic, and varietally correct.” 

Santa Barbara County, as a whole, experienced a mild spring after a colder winter season. Few summer heat spikes led to more consistent and predictable ripening, longer hang-time, and deeper color.

While there were a few heat spikes, the overall outlook is positive because of the moderate conditions.

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Martellotto Winery, located in Buellton, produces wines from grapes grown in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. With an optimal harvest, Bordeaux varietal grapes revealed almost perfect balance and color.  

“After all the hard work and long days, we are celebrating because the rest is easy. We just have to be hands-off in the winery and let the fruit shine,” continued Greg. “Because we harvested at peak ripeness levels, we don’t need to be too hands on with the wine this year. It’s like a chef who lets the ingredients shine through without over seasoning or saucing.”

With an increasing demand among wine consumers and the trade, the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA shows growing pains. As a result of this attention, grape prices are increasing because of severely restricted supply vis-à-vis increasing demand. With only a handful of vineyards, more wineries are on the way. 

santa barbara county grape harvest 2019

Happy Canyon produces under-rated Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc that outshine better-known wine regions. This is a revelation to many who know Santa Barbara for high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Cabernet Sauvignon blends reveal fresh berry flavors, round and lush sweetness, and a velvety quality that must be tasted. The warm days and cool nights provide for a natural acidity balanced with smooth tannins.

The wines made from Sauvignon Blanc are complex with a creamy richness, both tropical and floral.

The 2019 vintage offers an excellent opportunity to try these wines at their best.

Given all the climate drama in California in recent years, winemakers in Santa Barbara wine country can breathe freely, having another great vintage resting quietly.

santa barbara happy canyon martellotto winery grape harvest 2019

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

(619) 567-9244

https://martellotto.com/