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Bernat Vineyard & Winery

Sam Marmorstein started out as a stockbroker with a winemaking hobby. On a biking trip through the Santa Ynez Valley, he became enamored of the area and decided to leave the city, buy property and start a vineyard. In 1995, he planted his first vineyard and founded Bernat Winery. That same year, he opened Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café.

Bernat Vineyard is the smallest in the Santa Barbara appellation. The vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Syrah. Mr. Marmorstein practices the minimalist approach to wine producing. He does not use pesticides or herbicides and hand-harvests the grapes. Some of Bernat’s wines include a 2009 Grenache, a 2008 Syrah, a 2008 Chardonnay, a 2007 Nebbiolo and a 2005 Syrah. Bernat Winery’s selections are available through Los Olivos Wine Merchant. Wine tastings are available at that location.

The Marmorsteins also maintain a small retreat, Vineyard Retreat at Bernat Vineyards and Winery. Guests are provided with a private entrance and may stroll to nearby art galleries, restaurants and enjoy the vineyards and the organic produce farm. Also available is a fully equipped kitchen so that guests may create their own meals and pair them with wine. The Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café is available as well. There, the visitor will find gourmet foods, such as dipping oils, olive oils, olive tapenades and muffaletta. The wine merchant carries over 500 wines. The café serves the produce and meats of local farmers and wild-caught fish.

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