Au Bon Climat

Established in 1982, Au Bon Climat continues to be one of the most highly regarded wineries in America, cultivating an international reputation.

About the winery
For over 40 years, Jim Clendenen, owner and the "Mind Behind" Au Bon Climat, has created wines of vision, character, and balance, emphasizing Burgundian varietals. Several vineyard designated Pinots and Chardonnays are produced each year. But there is life beyond ABC. Jim has other projects of passion that allow him to make artisan, small lots of distinctive wines from a wider spectrum of grape varietals and styles, under different brands. Winery not open but tasting room in Santa Barbara is.

Learn more about Au Bon Climat and their facilities at:

https://www.aubonclimat.com/

Location

Santa Barbara County

Opening Hours
Monday: 12:00 - 18:00Tuesday: 12:00 - 18:00Wednesday: 12:00 - 18:00Thursday: 12:00 - 18:00Friday: 12:00 - 18:00Saturday: 11:00 - 18:00Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00
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Cellar door / shop
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Accommodation
No
Tastings
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Tours
No
Restaurant
No
Events / Weddings
No
Languages
English
Children friendly
No
Region
Santa Barbara County
Country
USA
Organic
No
Grape varieties
Aligoté, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot GrisCabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah
History & Geography
In the early 80s when the California wine scene was in its infancy, Santa Barbara County had only a dozen wineries or so. Jim Clendenen was essential in elevating Burgundian varietals on California’s Central Coast and continues to be a driving force. The winery is situated within Bien Nacido Vineyards, located in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of northern Santa Barbara County. The extremely cool weather (Region 1) is an ideal location for cool climate varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While Bien Nacido is the primary vineyard source, Jim also relies on his estate Le Bon Climat Vineyard (Santa Maria valley) and Rancho La Cuna (Los Alamos/Santa Barbara County appellation). Other important vineyards are a part of the portfolio each year. The vineyards are all sustainably grown with an eye toward organic.
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