Pence Vineyards & Winery
Blair Pence’s love of wine started way back at the USC Delt House where, between shots of whiskey and beer, he enjoyed many great bottles of classic California Cabernets (they were cheap back then). This early exposure and interest led him to become involved in several different wine groups, culminating in a unique fascination with Burgundy, France. In his protracted attempt to understand the mysteries of these wines, Blair has traveled to Burgundy frequently and built lasting relationships with many of its vignerons. It was simply a matter of time before he jumped in himself.
With this as prologue, over the last dozen years, Blair has spent an incredible amount of time, focus and money finding and then developing his Sta. Rita Hills ranch in western Santa Barbara County into a premium vineyard and winery. Within the 200-acre working ranch and farm, we are farming organically over 38 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Gamay, with our first plantings initiated in 2005.