In the Sta. Rita Hills, it all began with Sanford. Since 1971, Sanford has been the Pinot Noir pioneer in Santa Barbara County. Home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the county, Sanford and its iconic vineyards has set the standard for the region for more than 40 years. The estate today is comprised of two Ranches and vineyards of the same names; Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada, which sit at the very heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. This renowned cool climate AVA grew up around the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, home to the first and oldest Pinot Noir vines in the region.