Sunstone Winery is without a doubt one of my favourite places on Earth. Just over a two hour drive from LA (if traffic is good), it’s a stunning vineyard nestled in Santa Ynez, away from the more touristy wine tasting tours. We found it after being a little disappointed with some of the wineries we’d stopped off at previously – but we couldn’t have been happier to stumble upon this complete hidden gem.
Not only is the setting spectacular – it’s like a little piece of Italy in California, the wine is out of this world. Rapsodie (a red wine) is the most divine wine I have ever tasted. It’s made with spiced cranberries, plums, violets, black pepper, wet earth and French oak. It’s absolutely delicious and considering I only started drinking red wine five years ago, I would choose it over a glass of white any day. However, Rapsodie isn’t always in season – so we also opt for the Grenache Blanc, Cabernet Franc and the Merlot Reserve – and yes, we take bottles a plenty back to our house in Beachwood.
In addition to the best wine, they also produce their own olive oils, balsamic vinegars and my favourite, the Fig Balsamic. It’s perfect if you’re doing wine tasting. The heat combined with the wine can go a little to your head (well, it certainly does to mine).
The other unique thing about SUNSTONE is their artwork. Some of the bottle art was created by Impressionist Painter James Paul Brown. And yes, we bought the artwork too!
I’d suggest staying in Solvang for a night or two so you can really make the most of being in this part of California, especially if you’re staying in Los Angeles.
125 N Refugio Rd,