Cottonwood Canyon Winery is a small boutique winery specializing in hand-crafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Founded in 1988 by the Beko family, our vineyard and winery is located in Santa Maria Valley on the northern edge of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in Santa Barbara county wine country. Come visit us at our beautiful 78 acre estate and taste the delicious wines of the Central Coast!
Owner and winemaker Norman Beko has been making Cottonwood wine since our first vintage in 1987. Over many years of winemaking, he has adopted the simple philosophy that “Mother Nature” knows best when it comes to his wines. Norm is graciously complimented by the near perfect conditions of Cottonwood’s high humidity, low temperature wine caves, allowing us to age our wines with minimal human intervention. This has given him a unique “hands-off” approach to winemaking, allowing our fruit to showcase its best characteristics naturally. After more than 28 years of winemaking, Norm’s true passion for wine remains as he continues to grow, produce and make wine on his beautiful 78 acre Santa Maria estate.
Cottonwood Canyon Winery has been noted as a pioneer in producing high acid, yet balanced wines. Our grapes natural high acidity more exemplifies the wines of Burgundy, France; proving very different than what is traditionally thought of as a “California style” wine. Our cool, coastal Pacific Ocean winds help to increase our grapes hang time beginning in mid-February and lasting through mid-September. Our vines are strategically planted in a north-south direction so these winds blow “through” the vines and not against them helping to aerate the grapes. The San Rafael Mountains located just east of Cottonwood help to contain the cool breezes blowing in from the Pacific Ocean just 19 miles away. All of these factors combined enable long term aging and increased fruit retention in our wines.