Sogno del Fiore Estate Accomodations & Dining
  • Accommodations

    In Santa Ynez Valley, off Refugio Road, behind a western cedar gate, is a meandering drive through a sculptured vineyard, dotted with Italian Olive trees, that leads to one of the area's most alluring Wine Club Resorts. This exclusive club is free to join and offers members - and those thinking about becoming members - a luxurious destination experience nestled in the heart of wine country.

    The Sogno del Fiore Estate Resort features two red-tiled piccola casa set amid the vineyards and offering panoramic views of the mountains, vines, swimming pool & spa, traditional Italian bocce court, horseshoes and a masterfully-crafted wine cellar affectingly known as St. Dominick's Chapel; ask about the Chapel story. Complete with resort amenities each casa has its own fire pit allowing you to relax under the stars while magically transporting you to the vine-studded hills of Italy.

    It's a perfect base from which to launch your explorations of Wine Country, either on your own or with the expert guidance of your friends Jerry and Liz

    These onsite accommodations are available to "Friends of Friends" Wine Club Members at a special rate, and with priority reservations. Please email or call (805 686 9340) for more details.

  • Bocce Casa

    Stay Among the Vines in an Italian Casa!

    Accommodations:  Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

    During your stay with us you'll be relaxing in a vineyard setting with a salt water pool, spa & soothing fountains. You'll enjoy the picturesque vines in a privately owned 5 acre ranch surrounded by vines, gardens of roses, soothing fountains, a bocce court, horseshoe court, and flowering trellises. The area is full of fantastic wineries to visit, shops to peruse & restaurants to enjoy.
    As a guest you will enjoy a private wine tasting from the premium selection of wines offered in the Sogno del Fiore Wine Club.

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  • Cantina di Casa

    Stay Among the Vines in a Converted Wine Cellar!

    Accommodations:  Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

    Originally constructed as our private Wine Cellar, this cozy slightly smaller casa  provides the same comforts as the Bocce Casa and puts you in the vineyard as you sit on the patio sharing a glass of vino. Like the Bocce Casa you will have complete use of all the amenities of the property. You will especially enjoy your own "wine barrel fire pit" patio as you relax on comfortable gliders watching the shooting stars.

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  • Wine Tasting

    Upon arrival you will have the option to begin your wine tasting experience with a private wine tasting from the Sogno del Fiore Wine Club Selections. Following this comfortable pool side experience you will be provided with a charted course to visit a wide selection of premium wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley and beyond. 

    Following are just a few of the wineries that we have discovered in our travels, and whose wine we have included in our Friends of Friends shipments.

    Santa Ynez Area

    Rusack

    Nestled in picturesque Ballard Canyon in the center of Santa Ynez Valley, amidst oak-studded rolling hills lies Rusack Vineyards, a boutique vineyard and winery dedicated to growing top-quality grapes and producing outstanding handcrafted wines.

    Stolpman Vineyards

    100% Estate Grown wines crafted on the limestone hills of Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County. After 20 years of revolutionary viticultural experimentation, the Stolpmans are proud to present their unique offering of Rhone Varietals.

    Dragonette Cellars

    John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis formed Dragonette Cellars in order to pursue a long-held dream to produce wines of the utmost quality and purity from the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast.

    Gainey Vineyard

    The Gainey Vineyard is part of a large, sustainable farming operation owned and run by the Gainey family for the past 50 years. The Home Ranch, the largest of the three Gainey ranches in the Santa Ynez Valley, is 1800 acres. It is comprised of 100 acres of vineyards, an Arabian horse operation, 1000 acres of rangeland upon which beef cattle feed on native grasses, and 600 acres farmed primarily to organically grown fruits and vegetables.

    Palmina

    Palmina is more than a winery.  It is a philosophy, a passion and a strongly held belief that wine is an extension of the plate, a component of a meal and a means to bring people together. Formed by winemaker Steve Clifton in 1995, Palmina is named in honor of Steve’s great friend Paula

    Brewer Clifton

    Brewer - Clifton appellation and vineyard-designated wines are available to select restaurants, specialty wine shops and our direct customers. We both would like to thank everyone for their interest and especially thank those early believers who have been on our mailing list since the first Brewer - Clifton vintages.

    Santa Barbara Vintners Association

    The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a premium wine producing and wine grape growing region. 

  • Dining

    As we travel to wine country near and far, we continue to build to our knowledge base about all things “wine”. Please feel free to share your ideas on food, wine, destinations and wine country lifestyle - send us an email!

    Santa Ynez Area

    The Ballard Inn Restaurant

    Ballard. $$$ Asian Infused Cuisine
    Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, owner-chef Budi Kazali creates sumptuous French-Asian dishes in one of the valley’s most romantic dining rooms. The wait staff and the food are both A+.

    Dos Carlitos

    Santa Ynez. $$$ Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
    An upscale Mexican restaurant with amazing margaritas.

    Trattoria Grappolo

    Santa Ynez. $$ - $$$ Tuscan Cuisine
    You know you’re someplace very special the moment you walk in the door. The aromas greet you at the same time a friendly server finds you a table. We’ve tried everything on the menu and love it all. It’s consistent. It’s great. Don’t miss this one!

    Sides Hardware and Shoes

    Los Olivos. $$$ American/Mediterranean Cuisine
    You can enjoy the Brothers cuisine at home by following the recipes in their cookbook:
     
    Brothers Cuisine (Recipes from Santa Barbara California Wine Country)

    Santa Ynez Kitchen

    Opening in April 2013, S. Y. Kitchen will offer indoor, outdoor and private dining in a setting that suggests “a modern California version of a little Italian farmhouse”.

    Root 246

    Solvang. $$$ Contemporary American Cuisine
    One of the most unforgettable dining experiences in Santa Barbara wine country. A full menu of farm-to-table cuisine and one of the most extensive selections of local wines.

    Trattoria Uliveto

    Orcutt. $$$ Authentic Italian Cuisine 
    Chef Alfonso Curti has assembled an outstanding menu of fine Italian dishes, an extensive wine list, and original desserts, which he is now offering in the cozy elegance of the Trattoria Uliveto, located in the quaint town of Old Orcutt.