Now Booking Private Events



Zaca Mesa is pleased to announce a partnership with local event planning specialists K’Syrah Catering. Imagine your wedding, family gathering, corporate meeting, or any special occasion celebrated in a vineyard under an oak tree next to a winery in a valley with the San Rafael Mountains as a backdrop. To match the setting you will get great fare, fabulous wine, and fantastic service. 

Our winery and vineyards accommodates 50-200 guests, with access to our Grenache Blanc Vineyards, rustic courtyard, and our 750-acre estate for photos. All of the information regarding our private event space, as well as a gallery of photos, can be found on our website and in our information packet.


We hope you consider Zaca Mesa when planning your next event and look forward to working with you in the future!

To arrange a tour of the property, contact Kori DeVries:
kori@zacamesa.com | 805.688.9339 x 314

For further inquiries, contact Danielle Dauphinee:

danielle@kscateringandevents.com | 805.245.9564 




Exclusive Caterer: K'Syrah Catering

K'Syrah is the premier farm-to-table catering, serving season-driven dishes to California's Central Coast. Executive Chef and Owner Demitri Loizides specializes in crafting unique, custom menus showcasing only the freshest, most sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients.  K'Syrah provides a mobile, full-service, self-contained, professional kitchen that can be set up in nearly any environment. The impeccable service staff is dedicated to making your special event truly unforgettable.

http://kscateringandevents.com/zaca-mesa-winery.html



Interview with Winemaker, Eric Mohseni



Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe Interview

Wine is made to tell a story. Our Head Winemaker, Eric Mohseni, spent a fascinating afternoon with Sam, the owner of the famous Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café to talk about Zaca Mesa’s unique story, which dates back to 1973. From establishing a pioneering winery in Santa Barbara County to planting the first Syrah vineyard in the region, Eric explains the history as well as the journey which led him to produce amazing wines here at Zaca Mesa Winery.

To learn more about Eric’s journey as a winemaker and Zaca Mesa’s storied history, please visit the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café’s blog at http://www.winemerchantcafe.com/about/blog/

Zaca mesa's New Mesa Reserve Syrah is Best of Old World & new World Winemaking



Los Olivos, CA - November 29, 2016 - (Newswire.com) 

High on a mesa top in Santa Ynez Valley, various clones of Syrah ripen in the sun. They are planted on multiple varieties of rootstock, huddled close together in a high-density planting scheme. The microclimate here is unique – several degrees cooler than the neighboring town of Los Olivos.

It is here Zaca Mesa Winery has been experimenting with Syrah. With over 40 years of grape growing experience, Zaca Mesa began growing Rhône varieties in 1978 when they were the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County. This early planting provided proof that their unique combination of topography, soils and distance from the ocean make it the perfect site to plant Syrah.

Since then, Zaca Mesa determined that varietals planted in the Rhône Valley of France are best suited to the estate and focused exclusively on varietals like Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier.

“In 2004, we planted our first true high-density vineyard,” says Director of Vineyard & Winery Operations Eric Mohseni. “This new vineyard was planted to new Syrah clones and rootstock combinations for Zaca Mesa. The resulting wines had a different tannin and flavor profile. This was the birth of the Mesa Reserve.”

When those grapes were harvested, Eric was so excited about the purity of fruit, broad tannins, and complex aromas of the wine made from that block, he believed it merited a higher-tier "reserve level" Syrah.  So he cherry-picked some of his favorite barrels from the 10 different sub-blocks to create this wine.

The 2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah comes from a year of near-perfect weather conditions in Santa Ynez Valley and represents the best of the winery’s mesa-top vineyard. “These younger blocks offer a great contrast to older Syrah vines on the property,” says Winemaker Kristin Bryden. “These new clones planted and grown with modern viticultural practices give the Mesa Reserve a brightness of fruit and complex richness that is unique when compared to our older blocks.”

“Our wines are made from sustainably-farmed grapes that are estate grown, produced and bottled in an old world style. But the Mesa Reserve is more of a 21st Century wine,” says Brand Ambassador Dane Campbell. “It’s the culmination of our 38 years of experimentation with Syrah, leading to a match of the correct clones and rootstocks to our specific vineyard site.”

The 2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah has continued the tradition of great accolades from Zaca Mesa Winery. Wine Enthusiast Magazine gushed over its red and purple fruits noting the wine’s complex lilac, violets, crushed rock and savory notes, giving the vintage a 91-point score in their October 2016 issue.

It’s available November 15 to purchase via wine club and through select restaurant and retail locations.

About Zaca Mesa

Zaca Mesa Winery, located in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California, is dedicated to estate grown and bottled Rhône varietal wines. They craft wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in their Santa Barbara County vineyard. Since 1973, they have farmed and nurtured their vineyard to produce wines that are true to the unique spirit of their land. Still family-owned, Zaca Mesa brings old-world Syrah heritage to the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information about Zaca Mesa Winery call (805) 688-9339, or visit ZacaMesa.com. 


Contact:  Dane Campbell     |     (805) 688-9339    |     dane@zacamesa.com



New Super Rhône Wine



One of oldest Santa Barbara wineries creates Super Rhône with 2014 Toyon Syrah-Cabernet red wine blend

LOS OLIVOS, CA, OCTOBER 19, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Zaca Mesa Winery was the third winery established in Santa Barbara County, as well as the first in the county to plant Syrah in 1978. Since then, Zaca Mesa has continued to produce distinctive Rhône wines that consistently receive high scores and praise industry wide. Since 1997, Zaca Mesa has focused solely on growing world-class examples of Syrah and other Rhône varieties through meticulous farming and traditional winemaking techniques.

Now, Zaca Mesa introduces a new bistro-style wine that’s reminiscent of classic blends in Provence, France or Tuscany, Italy. Blending traditional Rhône varietals with a structural favorite like Cabernet Sauvignon creates a “Super Rhône” wine that pairs easily with food and is utterly delicious.

“This kind of elegant table wine rarely makes it out of France,” says Winemaker Kristin Bryden. “It’s what locals in the region drink with meals every day.”

Just as the Super Tuscan wines have garnered praise for their complexity and drinkability, this “Super Rhône” is perfect for large meals and is ready to drink. Kristen says “We wanted to make our own silky, fruit-driven blend that could be enjoyed by folks immediately, with all kinds of foods.”

The wine’s red and black fruit flavors, complex structure and silky tannins come from Zaca Mesa Vineyard Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault, less than 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean (California’s Rhône Zone) and Cabernet Sauvignon from Happy Canyon AVA, where warmer weather is ideal for Bordeaux grapes.

The name Toyon is derived from a native shrub found growing in the sandy hills and terraces that make up the estate vineyard, and has been a historic term for blends at the winery. Today the wine is made from a combination of grape varietals grown on and off the estate for optimum balance.

The 2014 Toyon blend’s fruit-driven aromas and flavors deliver a beautiful array of red and black fruits—characteristic of both Rhône and Bordeaux grapes—along with soft, plush tannins. It’s available November 12 to purchase via wine club from the winery. 

About Zaca Mesa

Zaca Mesa Winery, located in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California, is dedicated to estate grown and bottled Rhône varietal wines. They craft wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in their Santa Barbara County vineyard. Since 1973, they have farmed and nurtured their vineyard to produce wines that are true to the unique spirit of their land. Still family-owned, Zaca Mesa brings old-world Syrah heritage to the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information about Zaca Mesa Winery call (805) 688-9339, or visit ZacaMesa.com

Cheers to 30 years of Syrah




ZACA MESA CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIMITED-EDITION SIGNATURE SYRAH

An original winery in the Santa Ynez Valley releases Syrah-blend red wine with very limited production

LOS OLIVOS, CA (SEPTEMBER 1, 2016) – Zaca Mesa Winery was founded in 1972, its first estate grapes planted in 1973, making Zaca Mesa the third winery in Santa Barbara County. In 1978, Zaca Mesa became the first in the county to plant Syrah, which is today the oldest Syrah block on the Central Coast.

Since then, Zaca Mesa has grown to be one of the most revered wineries for Rhône varietals in the U.S. as well as a training ground for several esteemed Santa Barbara winemakers. A pioneer of the Syrah grape, Zaca Mesa made their inaugural vintage of those legendary vines in 1983. And since 1997 – after much experimentation with this Rhône grape and the winery’s unique terroir – the vineyard and winemaking practices have focused solely on growing the best Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and other Rhône varieties.

Now, Zaca Mesa celebrates its 30th Syrah vintage! To stay true to the original 1983 Syrah bottling, this 2013 Syrah blend has 15% Cabernet Sauvignon included. This commemorative release captures the intensity and richness of both the Syrah and Cabernet grapes together: ripe blackberry, red current, and black olive combined with scorched earth to create a unique array of aromas, flavors and textures.

Director of Vineyard & Winery Operations Eric Mohseni believes this spot in the Santa Ynez Valley has the ideal climate for Rhône grapes. Mohseni says, “We have a magical combination of heat from the north and cool air from the south, amazing old vines, and great dirt. It’s similar to that of France’s Northern Rhône, where the wines are just beautiful.”

Here in California’s Rhône Zone, Zaca Mesa’s collector wines have opulence, elegance and refinement with balance and structure. Eric says, “There’s so much going on in our wines: dried herbs, pomegranate, blueberry and black pepper. It’s a very different experience than other mainstream varietals. Our blended wines deliver layers of taste and personality.”

The 2013 30th Anniversary Syrah is a very limited, one-time production with less than 500 magnums and is now available to purchase via wine club from the winery. Each bottle comes in an elegant gift box.

From the first 1983 bottling of Syrah, Zaca Mesa continues to produce distinctive Syrahs that consistently receive high scores and praise industry wide. Still family-owned and deeply rooted in Central Coast winemaking tradition, Zaca Mesa brings old-world Syrah heritage to the Santa Ynez Valley.