Longoria Wines is an artisanal family winery established in 1982 by Rick and Diana Longoria. Rick’s decision to start his own wine label was born out of a desire to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two varietals he was not producing as the winemaker for J. Carey Cellars, his first job as a winemaker. Rick sensed that those two varietals were poised to become the signature varietals for the new Santa Barbara County wine region, and he wanted to become a part of this new movement.
Over the years Rick has experimented with many different vineyard sources and grape varietals and has added more wines to his portfolio. Rick’s pursuit of excellence requires the production of his wines to remain small even after nearly 30 years in business. Longoria wines are handcrafted in very small quantities ranging from 50 to 700 cases. Total annual production currently averages 3,500 cases.
Rick Longoria states “From the very beginning of my career I felt that the Santa Barbara wine region had the potential to produce world class wines and it’s been very gratifying to see that belief realized over the last 30 years I’ve been here. It’s also been very rewarding to have had the good fortune over the years to have some of my wines contribute to the acclaim of our wine region.”
What to Taste
2010 Pinot Grigio Santa Barbara County -
very nose forward, with aromas of ripe pears, spiced apples and custard. Immediately rich On the palate and round with flavors of poached pears and melons. The excellent acidity provides a lively quality to the mid-palate and a round and lingering finish.
2008 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard -
Santa Rita Hills – medium ruby color with aromas of a mixture of cherries, dried herbs, thyme and sage. On the palate it is medium bodied with a soft, rich, viscous texture. Flavors of cherries accented with dried herbs. The acidity is well balanced and the finish has a sweet slightly candied quality.
- Street: 2935 Grand Avenue
- City: Los Olivos
- State,Zip: CA 93441
- Country: United States
- Telephone: (805) 688-0305
Tasting Room Hours
Los Olivos Tasting Room
Richard Longoria Wines 2935 Grand Avenue Los Olivos, CA 93441 (805) 688-0305
Daily from 11:00 – 4:30pm
Lompoc Wine Ghetto Tasting Room
Richard Longoria Wines 1700 Industrial Way, Unit A Lompoc, CA 93436
Saturday and Sunday only from 11:00 – 4:30pm