Famed Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Changes Hands

Terlato Wine Group (TWG) purchases vineyard.

Santa Barbara's Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, named by Wine Enthusiast as one of California's 5 greatest vineyards, has been sold.

The new owner, the vineyard's third since its establishment in 1971, is the Terlato Wine Group, or TWG.

Based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, TWG's chairman, Anthony Terlato, announced the company purchased the 135-acre vineyard from Robert and Janice Atkin, who acquired it years ago from its original owners, Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict.

The purchase price was not revealed.


The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard was the first great modern planting in the cooler western part part of the Santa Ynez Valley that now is known as Santa Rita Hills. It established a reputation early on as source to dense, complex and ageworthy Pinot Noir.

Not without its struggles over the years, the vineyard has been extensively replanted and improved.

Today, the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Gris. It supplies grapes to the likes of Bonaccorsi, Au Bon Climat, Longoria, Foxen, Lane Tanner, Babcock and Sanford, which also is part of the Terlato Wine Group.

We intend to continue to supply fruit to those wineries," Terlato said.

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