Lafond Winery & Vineyards was founded by Santa Barbara County pioneer, Pierre Lafond. Lafond started his first winery in Santa Barbara in 1962, and planted some of the first vineyards in the area in 1971, before Sta. Rita Hills was even an appellation.Today, Pierre and the next generation are dedicated to producing limited quantities of Sta.Rita Hills Vineyard wines.
Winemakers and critics agree that Sta. Rita Hills belongs in the ranks of California’s most prestigious wine regions. Vinous called it “A Mecca for cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,” while Jeb Dunnuck praised its “fantastic vineyards,” and “star-studded lineup of producers.” Already a heavy hitter among Chardonnay and Pinot enthusiasts, Sta. Rita Hills “shows no signs of slowing down,” said Decanter.
Lafond, a boutique, family-run winery, understands this land better than most. Its Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay are inspired by a desire to capture the specific beauty of each growing region. The boutique winery is a family affair, with the second generation, Michelle and David, at the helm. Our family also includes a dedicated group of individuals obsessed with outstanding quality. Our passionate Winemaker Bruce McGuire has been with us for 30+ years, and our dedicated vineyard foreman Enrique Solozano, here for 27 years.