The Famous Foxen Wine Trail Runs Through Santa Maria
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
California's claim to fame may be its movie stars, but its fine wine is quickly climbing to the top. Santa Maria's own wine industry continues to grow, thanks in part to a little help from the big screen. The Foxen Wine Trail was featured in the hit movie Sideways – about a wayward adventure through California's wine country – and has led movie buffs and wine connoisseurs alike to travel its path. The trail includes numerous local vineyards and wineries. At the northern-most end of the trail is Cottonwood Canyon and Winery, a 78-acre estate that produces premium pinot noirs, chardonnays and syrahs. Nearby is the expansive Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards, which sits on 750-acres and specializes in Rhone varieties. The list of wineries goes on to include the Foxen Vineyard, the Firestone Vineyard, and the Cambria Winery, among others.