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"Uncorked – Evolution of Wine in the Santa Ynez Valley"

Displayed in two museum galleries, "Uncorked" traced the growth of vineyards and winemaking in the Santa Ynez Valley from the early Mission period through present day. The exhibit highlighted those pioneering Valley vintners and winemakers who had the foresight to see the potential for growing grapes and making wine in this Valley of unique climate and soil conditions.

A fascinating story of a small rural area on the Central Coast just north of Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley’s wine history is populated by individuals who helped to create an industry that has, in a short four decades, significantly and positively impacted Santa Barbara County economic vitality.


Based on first person interviews and much research, the "Uncorked" exhibit chronicled the grape growing and wine making efforts of Valley farming families who planted vineyards in the late 1960’s in hopes they would be sold to wineries in Northern California. Once it was found that the Santa Ynez Valley was, indeed, an excellent grape growing area, several of the vineyard owners attempted to make their own wine from the grapes. The rest is history…Valley grapes were perfect for making certain wines - and a new industry began to evolve.


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