Santa Barbara Wine Country~

in late fall, (click to enlarge)

has it’s own,

fall palette.


put on a muted,

ombre display,

as the wine grapes are ready,

for harvest.

The trees,

are showing off too.

Cheers to you from Santa Barbara~

218 thoughts on “Santa Barbara Wine Country~

      1. Beautiful, Cindy, as always. Thank you for the lovely things you have said to me over time. I look up to you for all you do. Will wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas now!! 🙏🏽❣️ And hope you have a happy year of photography and love!

        1. You just gave me the most amazing Christmas present. You have touched my heart dear friend and made me teary. I wish you and yours all The Blessings of The Season & A Happy and Healthy New Year. I so look forward to sharing another year with you my kind friend. 🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄

  1. Beautiful photos, Cindy. I see that the trees and grapes are getting water, but the grass looks so dry. Every time I’ve driven through California, it seems to be dry, dry, dry. Just imagine how it would be if it had the rainfall Hawaii gets.

  2. The second and the last photo’s are like a patchwork quilt, it is a beautiful scene Cindy. And the dryness around them are like a frame (not much rain?). Interesting the different shades appear to be different varieties of grape responding to the fall temperatures. As a kid I used to work at a couple of the big vineyards over here but they didn’t have a display like this. I think in the early days they were mainly one particular variety and only expanded many years later. Great pictures dear lady, a lovely landscape of color 😀❤️🙏🏽🦋🎅🏽🎄🎁⛄️

    1. You thoughtful comments Mark are so sincerely appreciated. Yes we are in a rather catastrophic ongoing drought. You can clearly see the effects on the surrounding vegetation. I too was pleasantly surprised by the variation in hues of grape leaves. It made for quite a contrast with the dry surrounding scrub. Thank you for ur discerning eye and very kind thoughts დ

      1. And thank you for sharing such a delight, even among the strains of a drought. Nature is a beautiful creature, even among these times. And a Merry Christmas Cindy, may there always be many presents in the lens of your life 😀❤️🙏🏽🦋🎅🏽🎄🎁⛄️

  3. Thanks Cindy for this vision – by no other word so well – homesick. My old home is Northern California (SF Bay Area), but Santa Barbara too has those softly rounded sensual dry grass brown hills mapped by giant oaks. No longer my home, except in my bones and heart, forever. Not so much the grapes, although more and more small repurposed older farm lands now to family wineries. But still… beautiful, how you share, how you see.

    Thank you for brightening my day. neil

    1. I was born in SoCal and have lived here all my life and I know exactly what you mean and how you feel about Cali. She is so beautiful, with such varied terrain and so many National Parks all of which are quite unique. I love your description of the soft rolling hills with oak and sage. It is a subtle beauty that is etched into our collective Cali consciousness. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts Neil and be well my friend დ

  4. Deborah

    My dad said to say, “Hi” when the chance presented itself. This is the chance. Beautiful colors. Did you get a chance to sample?

    1. He has been on my mind! So happy you stopped by. You dad is in my thoughts and prayers. Please let him know I am thinking of him. I loved hearing him sing in the latest post. I couldn’t comment. You are such a talented family. Merry Christmas to all the Ramos clan! 🌟🙏🕯🎅🎁🎄

    1. Thank you! You know how much I adore incredible Oz. It is like no place else on the planet. I can never visit enough, or not want to go again. Kakadu got nixed due to covid, but tomorrow is another day……Happy Holidays 🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄

  5. Gorgeous, Cindy! Great shots, and they make some amazing wines in California.

    Our wine region has a shorter season, so when the grapes freeze, they make ice wine.
    It’s really thick and sweet. The white ice wine is perfect for over vanilla ice cream.

    1. I love ice wine. I am more familiar with the German version, but my husband is the oenophile and I am sure he is familiar with the Canadian version. I would like to try it! Happy Hols Resa & thank you! 🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄

  6. This morning we visited a Santa Barbara (de Nexe) that looked very different, Cindy. An uphill climb to 2 windmills, one whole and one ruined. But our vineyards look very similar in their russet tones. Cheers to the differences and a very happy festive season, Cindy.

    1. Yes! I was just talking to someone from Austria who noticed the same thing. I have seen this in Europe in several countries. I was immediately reminded of this when I saw the vineyards. I have been to The Algrave Region & Duoro Valley, but never in the fall. It must be incredibly beautiful. Enjoy & Happy Holidays🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄

      1. Oh ja, Melk ist wunderschön und ganz in der Nähe von meinem neuen Zweitwohnsitz. Die beiden Beiträge kenne ich gar nicht. Normalerweise schaue ich mir alle deine Beiträge an. Jedenfalls wünsche ich schon einmal schöne Feiertage und einen guten Jahresbeginn !

    1. We are far behind Illinois where my family originated from. These were taken at the end of November. At The Holler our trees down by the creek turned at the same time. Quite beautiful. I should post them. Now the leaves are gone as nights dip below freezing and we wake each morning to a blanket of frost, but no snow. Happy Holidays Debbie & stay warm! 🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄

    1. Maiko! How wonderful to hear from you! I am heading over to your blog now to see if I have missed anything. I hope all is well with you and wish you Happy Holidays and a Healthy & Happy New Year! დ

    1. Southern California looks like this. Northern California mountains are the fourth snowiest in the US. All of the snowiest places in the US are on the west coast. Tamarack in Northern California holds the record for the greatest single snowfall ever recorded on earth, 884 inches, according to wikipedia. It’s because warm moisture laden Pacific storms stall on west coast mountain ranges. Happy Holidays Alexander!🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄

      1. I see. Yes, looking at the map, I can realize, California has several climate zones, which are so much different from each other.
        As I understand, you live in Southern California among birds, flowers and vineyards.
        Happy Holidays!🙂🎄

  7. We have a ew small wineries here in Western Mass but I don’t recall any of the rows of bushes being this colorful. How nice that they give not only fine wine but a lovely autumn display as well.

    1. Thank you very much Steve. Wine grape growing is complicated. I know nothing about it. Maybe, or maybe not, your grape leaves fall faster due to how hard and fast your winter falls. დ

  8. Wow the fall colors are glorious, so bright and pretty.
    I admire who-ever and how-ever they keep those vineyards so tidy and weed free. That has to be just years of experience and knowing what to safely use to fight weeds.
    Your last photo should be in a frame displayed on a wall.

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  10. Always a pleasure to see your photographs, Cindy. Such glorious shades of Autumn colours.
    Have a joyous festive season and a happy New Year. Peace and Love. Cheers! Joy xx

    1. I am so sorry. I just found your comment in spam, hence my tardy reply. I hope you had a Joyous Christmas and Wish You Happiness & Health to you in The New Year! ⌚🔢🕛🎊

  11. Beautiful photos! One house we lived in at Windsor, had a vineyard on one side, a prune orchard on another, and my dad used to ride his horse from the back side to the horse ranch he worked on. Another group of pictures that bring back memories. Thanks for sharing

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