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Wine and and beautiful hilltop views await at Graveyard Vineyards. A subscription to Wine Spectator for her husband as a gift, is what started Paula and Rob Campbell-Taylor on the journey to becoming winemakers. Rob, who had a thriving career as a petroleum engineer in Bakersfield, California wasn’t necessarily looking for a new career, but a move to Santa Barbara with their two boys got them to thinking about changing their lifestyle. In 2003, the Campbell-Taylors purchased 81 acres of vineyard already established with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines, and sold the grapes to area wineries while they resided in a mobile home on the property. It was in coming up with a name for the business that they decided to capitalize on the small, historic graveyard dating back to the 1860s at the entrance to their property. Graveyard Vineyards bottled their first wine in 2006 and opened a tasting room in 2011 decorated with a graveyard theme. The tasting room overlooks a large pond inhabited by ducks, geese and herons enjoying the shade of weeping willows. Or, sip and savor your wine on the patio. Winemaker and family friend Jason Bushong turns out blends such as Paso Tombstone White, an aromatic blend of 50% Viognier, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Roussanne and 5% Muscat and Paso Tombstone Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Sirah that was barrel aged in both French and American oak. Also delight in their estate Zinfandel, Syrah, and Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot. Don’t miss their dessert wine, Deliverance, a Syrah/Port wine infused with essence of chocolates. Truly a wine to die for!
Tasting Room: Open Thursday — Monday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Tasting charge — waived with wine purchase.
6990 Estrella Road
San Miguel, CA
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