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Can Santa Barbaras Booming Wine Country Stay in Harmony with Its Neighbors?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

It is the best of times: Business is booming in Santa Barbaras wine country, where rising quality continues to bring critical acclaim and more than a million tourists to town each year. Meanwhile, life remains bucolically beautiful in the Santa Ynez Valley, the regions winemaking epicenter, which still offers a slower, quieter, quainter pace for visitors and residents alike, with cattle wandering the countryside, red tail hawks perched on lichen-drenched oak trees, and two horses in the yard. Much like what vintners strive to achieve with each vintage, you could say that the 2013 bottling of Santa Barbara Wine Country sits in perfect balance.

But are the worst of times on the horizon? From Happy Canyon and Roblar Avenue east of Highway 154 to Ballard Canyon near Buellton and Santa Rosa Road near Lompoc, some wine-country neighbors feel that the balance is slipping. They worry that the steady expansion of wineries and vineyards threatens to snuff out their arcadian existence, clogging their sketchy roads with buzzed tourists, ruining their silent evenings with loud parties, and turning farms into commercial districts. These neighbors insist that theyre not against production facilities themselves, just the drinking and entertainment elements that come with the package.

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