Less than an hour from downtown Santa Barbara and about a half-hour from The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, Pence Ranch Santa Barbara has opened their gates for a working ranch located within the Santa Rita Hills wine appellation.
In the spirit of the self-sustaining “quinta” or rancho, Pence Ranch Santa Barbara provides sustenance for owner Blair Pence and his employees, just as it did for original Spanish settlers and natives of Alta California. Black Angus cattle graze on the north half of the ranch (along with a few Longhorns for their spunky personalities), and a large population of egg-laying chickens, as well as seasonal grains to feed their horses and cattle and grove of 750 olive trees are part of the ranch operation.
A real estate developer by trade, Blair Pence’s fascination with wine began over three decades ago while a student at USC. Accordingly, within the 200-acre working ranch is Pence Vineyard. Seen from above, the vineyard appears as an island on an elevated plateau. Pence Ranch’s holistic and organic approach to farming is based on equal parts common sense, science, and a sense of spiritual energy reflected in the intentions and efforts that the Pence team imparts to the land.
Sculpted from a natural canyon, one of the showpieces of the Pence Ranch Santa Barbara is the beautifully landscaped and tranquil pond area. Several picnic areas surround the perimeter, in addition to the Pond House that can accommodate tastings, dining events and corporate gatherings.