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Santa Maria - Foxen Winery and Vineyard

7600 Foxen Canyon Road
805 937-4251

Open: Year-round


Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking.

The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, and English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather. Benjamin Foxen came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800's and purchased the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in 1837 with a Mexican Land Grant that totaled nearly 9000 acres, that comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive anchor as his ranch cattle brand, which became the trademark of the Foxen Vineyard & Winery. We are proud that we have made our home on the now 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.In 2009 we completed our new solar-powered winery and tasting room, and our beloved historic "Shack" was renamed foxen 7200, and focuses on our Bordeaux and Italian-style wines under a newly designed label. Our Burgundy and Rhône-style wines are showcased at our new location just up the road.


Beth Jones

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Foxen is my favorite winery in the Los Olivos/Santa Maria area! Wonderful Rhone varietals and Pinots.

Jon Albregts

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Very laid back place. Good wines. Great experience. Go to the shack. It's an old stagecoach stop so lots of history. Just with they would have shared more of the history.

Judy Myreles

Thursday, April 6, 2017
The tasting was excellent. I really enjoyed how well they paired everything and the experience of the staff. They truly take you through an experience and allow you to understand the entire process. Prior to coming here, I simply enjoyed wine. After leaving, I felt I had a true understanding of the entire wine industry and how the transformation from grapes to wine occurs.

Danoyd Dennis

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017
I have visited Foxen many times. Your wine is exceptional and CeCe, our host was kind, professional, knowledgeable and funny.!Those are the people I like to be around. I will visit again!

Jason Damaso

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Great property, clean, I had the pleasure of doing some fence installation there.

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