Show 517, March 18, 2023: Vega Vineyards & Farm with Winemaker Steve Clifton

Steve Clifton of Vega Vineyard

“Hospitality entrepreneurs, Karen and Jimmy Loizides, launched late last year the family’s newest Santa Ynez Valley venture, Vega Vineyard & Farm. The working winery, farm, and event venue, located on historic land most recently home to Mosby Winery & Vineyards, was renamed “Vega” in honor of the ranch’s initial identity, Rancho La Vega, and its important place in the heart and history of northern Santa Barbara County.”

“Leading Vega Vineyard and Farm’s winemaking operations is esteemed Santa Barbara County winemaker, Steve Clifton, known for his decades-long work with Italian grape varieties. Estate-grown Vega Vineyard and Farm bottlings will begin with vintages from harvest of 2022.”

“Reopened is the now-family-friendly winery tasting room for bottle sales and tasting experiences. Available wines include the winery’s existing library of inventory, as well as bottles under the Vega Vineyard and Farm label, made with grapes sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards. Wines currently available for sale and tastings include red wines like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Syrah, Barbera, and Pinot Noir, white wines such as Chardonnay, Bianco (a white blend), Albariño, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, and Viognier, and a Rosato (rosé).”

“Guests may opt for an al fresco wine tasting experience with multiple seating areas overlooking the vineyards, with live music, lawn games, and other entertainment meant for leisurely, outdoor afternoons. Picnic-perfect spots located on the west side of the property welcome families.”

“Steve has worked as a winemaker on projects as far flung as Italy, Argentina and Walla Walla, Washington, but has always known that Santa Barbara County is where his winemaking roots and passion resides.”

Winemaker Steve Clifton is our guest to uncork all that is Vega Vineyard.