Santa Barbara County, home to an increasingly diverse array of grapes and styles, stands out in the international world of winemaking for three wines, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Jim and Mary Dierberg appreciated that truth from day one. The couple came to the region from the Midwest in the early 1990s to plant ultra-premium grapes and craft great wines.
In 1997, the Dierbergs purchased and planted a property in the Santa Maria Valley, prepared to make Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that would both reflect and elevate the reputation of Central Coast wines. A few years later, the Dierbergs planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on steep hillsides along Drum Canyon Road and Highway 246 in what is now the world famous Santa Rita Hills.
To make the most of each property, the Dierbergs developed vineyards with a groundbreaking diversity of grape clones — rather than focusing on the standard Central Coast varieties — ensuring that high quality grapes with low yields would lead to fabulously luscious yet traditionally refined wines. The formula quickly worked, and today, Dierberg Vineyard represents the traditional winemaking legacy of Santa Barbara County, delivered with an unrivaled attention to quality.
Their Tasting Room is located on their Santa Rita Hills property, Drum Canyon Vineyard. Set towards the back of the property on Drum Canyon Road, our Tasting Room offers a flight of 6 wines featuring both the Dierberg and Star Lane wines for $10 daily. This tasting showcases the incredible diversity of our three Estate vineyards located in Santa Barbara County. The unique climates of each of the three vineyards allow us to produce: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah.
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Dierberg is open seven days a week from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. They are closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. We close early on July 4th and New Year’s Eve.