Sea Smoke


  • "Sea Smokeā€¦ is an important part of Santa Barbara's wine scene and one of it's 'grand cru' properties." (Wine Spectator)
  • " At their best, the Sea Smoke Pinots offer gorgeous textural richness, depth and personality." (Wine Advocate)

Basic Info

For years, vintners have coveted a stretch of land in the western end of Santa Barbara's Santa Rita Hills AVA known to have the perfect microclimate, soils, and exposure to grow world-class Pinot Noir. In 1999, fulfilling a long-held dream of owner Bob Davids, this sought-after stretch of land became Sea Smoke Vineyard. At Sea Smoke, we produce Pinot Noir grown exclusively on the south-facing hillsides of our estate vineyards. On summer evenings, the Santa Ynez River canyon funnels a cool maritime fog layer (sea "smoke") across our hillsides, slowing the ripening process and providing the extended maturation period essential to the development of top-quality Pinot Noir. Our shallow clay soils are planted to French clones on vigor-reducing rootstocks, resulting in fewer grape clusters of intense flavor, and our artisanal approach to winemaking results in wines that are a reflection of the unique land on which they are grown. We believe that Sea Smoke's rare geography and commitment to quality have produced wines of exceptional complexity and grace. From the release of the 2001 vintage, the winery's first effort, Sea Smoke was a near instant success. With the coveted site, a talented winemaking team, and Davids' marketing savvy, Sea Smoke quickly became one of the more sought after Pinot Noirs in California. Sold almost exclusively to mailing list customers, the wine joined the ranks of the "hard to get your hands on them" Pinots like Marcassin, Rochioli, and Sine Qua Non.

Santa Barbara County
Sub region:
Santa Rita Hills
Year founded:
Bob Davids