Wineries to Visit on the Foxen Canyon Road Wine Trail
• Andrew Murray – Rhone-style wines at value prices
• Koehler Winery – Beautiful oaks nestling among the vineyards
• Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard – Most lavish winery, excellent wines
• Zaca Mesa Winery – Rhone wines, good wine values
• Foxen Vineyards – Great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
• Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Small case production of various varietals
• Riverbench Vineyards – The specialy is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
• Kenneth Volk Vineyards – 18 different wines made by Ken Volk
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Andrew Murray Vineyards
The winery has a tasting room in Los Olivos but their winery is out on Zaca Mesa Road. The tasting room at the winery is open only on weekends so if you are there midweek, hit the tasting room in Los Olivos. The entrance to the Andrew Murray winery on Zaca Mesa Road is the same for the Firestone Winery. Skip the Firestone winery (owned by Terlato Wine) and head for Andrew Murray about a mile and half beyond. The wines are fantastic and better yet so well priced in favor of the consumer. What a setting for a wine tasting! The view of the vineyards is so beautiful. We like all the wines at Andrew Murray but especially the Viognier, the Esp√©rance, and the Tous Les Jours, a Syrah that rocks at $16.
Tasting Room Hours: Weekends 11 to 4 pm
Phone: (805) 686-9604, Andrew Murray
You will spot the Koehler Winery about a mile from the stop sign on Foxen Canyon Road. The Koehler entrance road is a beautiful drive. The road is lined with vineyards and majestic oak trees. The tasting room is small but very adequate. There is also a very attractive picnic area with a great view. All the wines here are estate grown except for the Pinot Noir. The 2001 Cabernet is delicious as is their Chardonnay.
Tasting Room Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily
Phone: (805) 693-8384, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Koehler Winery
Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard
Continue along Foxen Canyon Road a short distance to the Fess Parker Winery. Fess Parker made his fame and fortune as a TV actor playing the role of Davy Crockett in the late 50‚Äôs. This is a very popular winery on weekend for bachelorette parties and the like. If you don’t like crowds perhaps you may want to skip this winery.
Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday, Sat. and Sun. 10 am to 5 pm
Phone: (800) 841-1104, email:email@example.com, Fess Parker
Zaca Mesa Winery
Continue on Foxen Canyon Rd. to the Zaca Mesa Winery. This winery has a very spacious and modern tasting room. The winery concentrates on Rhone-style wines and produces excellent Syrah wines. The wines are all estate. Wines & Spirits Magazine named Zaca Mesa the 2004 Estate Winery of the Year. There is a cozy picnic area equipped with a life-sized chess game. There is also a short hiking trail that leads up from the parking area. Tours can be arranged by appointment. Don’t pass up the Rousanne white wine. We love it! Zaca Mesa is located about 3 miles from Fess Parker.
Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 4 pm daily
Phone: (805) 688-9339 ext. 308, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Zaca Mesa
This boutique winery has some of the finest wines in the entire region. The Pinot Noir is their flagship wine, but the Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Franc are also very good wines. For years the tasting room was housed in a small shack but in 2009 a modern winery was built complete with solar power. At the new tasting room, the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rhone-style wines are featured. Back at the old shack, the winery pours Bordeaux wines and Italian varietals. Foxen winery is seven miles up the road from the Zaca Mesa Winery. The tasting shack is at 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd. and the new winery is at 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd.
Tasting Room Hours: 11 am – 4 pm daily
Phone: (805) 937-4251, email: email@example.com, Foxen Vineyards
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
The famous Flood Family of San Francisco are owners of this small winery which produces less than 10,000 cases a year. They make several varietals each in small amounts. The Pinot Noir sells out quickly. Other wines of note are the Malbec, and the Cabernet, both excellent and reasonably priced. This is also a rustic tasting room, but the grounds are spacious and tranquil. The winery is situated up a two-mile drive from Foxen Canyon Rd. so the grounds are peaceful and quiet. This is a good choice for a relaxing wine country picnic lunch. You will find the entrance to Rancho Sisquoc Winery about one mile past Foxen Winery.
Tasting Room Hours: 10 am – 4 pm daily
Phone: (805) 934-4332, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Rancho Sisquoc
Riverbench Vineyards and Winery
This is a relatively new winery. The family has been farming vineyards and selling their grapes since 1973. A few years back they decided to take the best of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and try their hand at making great wines. They have a lineup of small lots of vineyard select wines. They also have a very attractive picnic area. The tasting room is located in a restored 1927 house that has been decorated exquisitely. It is a fun stop. The Riverbench tasting room is just a short hop from Rancho Sisquoc.
Tasting Room Hours:10 to 4 pm
Phone: (805) 937-8340, email: email@example.com, Riverbench
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Winemaker Ken Volk really enjoys making wines. So much so that he has 18 different labels of wine and that includes some very obscure varietals of wine. Have you heard of Negrette or Aglianico that is just two of some of the fun wines Ken produces? We are fans of his Pinot Noir wines, so beautiful in character. To get to the winery from Riverbench continue on Foxen Canyon Road to Tepusquet Road. Right onto Tepusquet Road and straight over the bridge for about half a mile. Watch for the signs to the winery.
Tasting Room Hours:10:30 to 4:30 pm
Phone: (805) 938-7896, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kenneth Volk