Au Bon Climat was essential in putting Santa Barbara Pinot Noir on the map worldwide. Founder and wine icon Jim Clendenen created an international reputation for stellar Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourcing fruit from local, highly regarded vineyards including estate plantings. We continue to be at the top of our game. Multiple editions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced annually, most vineyard designated, that constantly earn scores in the mid-90s by the wine critics. Our Santa Barbara tasting room features an extensive selection of ABC current releases and library wines. It also offers wines from our other creative projects with lesser-known varietals such as Viognier, Nebbiolo and Petit Verdot. Come for a memorable wine experience in an intimate, friendly environment, indoors or out. Kick it up a notch and opt for a Curated Private Tasting with one week’s notice.
Accolades abound. Most recently Au Bon Climat received Wine & Spirits Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Wineries of the World’ in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Today, second generation Isabelle and Knox Clendenen are at the helm with Jim Adelman, Au Bon Climat’s winemaker for over 30 years, continuing the winemaking tradition. The winery celebrated its 40th vintage in 2022.