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Short Travel to Striking Colors in the Ever Beautiful Vineyards

December 24, 2016
Striking Colors in the Ever Beautiful Vineyards

I absolutely love the striking colors of fall and the best place to get them with very short travel is in the every beautiful Santa Maria Valley Vineyards.  The reds and yellows of the vines take your breath away.  I can’t tell you much about the wine because I just don’t like it much so you know I am not making a sales pitch for any vineyard.  I just went to three that are just a few miles from home.  Lots of people do drink wine and if you want to wine taste great but if you like taking photos then the vineyards are a great place to take them.

Presqu’ile Vineyard

The first vineyard my friend Rachel and I traveled to was Presqu’ile Vineyard.  It is located just a few miles from my home and is a beautiful area to take photos.  I love the pond and the reflections of the barn on the water.

Pond on Vineyard

Pond on Vineyard

 

Ducks on the Pond

Ducks on the Pond

 

This is the view of the vineyard looking up to the next door neighbor’s home.  The property is landscaped so well.

Presqu'ile Vineyard with neighbor's home in background

Presqu’ile Vineyard with neighbor’s home in background

 

Presqu’ile Vineyard with neighbor’s home in the background.  We decided to move on down the road a little and visited  Riverbench Vineyard.  It is beautiful here and I love the giant leaves falling from the trees.

Riverbench Vineyard

Riverbench Winery Sign

Riverbench Winery Sign

I think this is just a beautiful little vineyard and the tasting room is so quaint.  It sorta looks like a Sears Craftsman’s home from long ago in the Sears Catalog.  No, I’m not that old but I really like them.

Riverbench Winery Tasting Room

Riverbench Winery Tasting Room

Riverbench has some cool trees and bushes in their yard too.  I found a madrone tree with a non-eatable cherry, chestnut tree and a wisteria bush with the beans on them.  I understand that it takes about five years to get a wisteria blooming so it is no small feat.  When wisteria bloom they are absolutely beautiful usually in purple or white and the smell at night is truly intoxicating.

Madrone Tree Cherry

Madrone Tree Cherry

 

Chestnut Tree

Chestnut Tree

 

Wisteria Beans

Wisteria Beans

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Turning Green, View to NW of Riverbench

Turning Green, View to NW of Riverbench

Rachel and I traveled a little further down the road and found some more beautiful areas of green, coastal oaks, and even a couple of cows.  You know, a Missouri girl can’t pass a cow without taking a picture or two.  Actually, a lot of pictures of cows but I know you want to see a little more of the landscape.

 

Old Road

Old Road

 

Spanish Moss on Oak

Spanish Moss on Oak

 

Bees Swarming Over the Nests

Bees Swarming Over the Nests

 

Cow on the Green

Cow on the Green

 

Dry Creek

Dry Creek

Zaca Mesa Winery

The next vineyard we hit was Zaca Mesa Winery.  The vineyard is beautiful and the surrounding area is very calming.

Zaca Mesa Winery

Zaca Mesa Winery

 

Zaca Mesa View 2

Zaca Mesa View

 

Tractor Zaca Mesa

Tractor Zaca Mesa

I loved these colored and rusty-red racks at Zaca Mesa Winery.  Something a little different to photograph while we are out.

 

Colored Racks at Zaca Mesa

Colored Racks at Zaca Mesa

I know the side is kinda of dark on this photo but I love how it opens up to the sunlight.

Dark Round to the Light

Dark Round to the Light

Fess Parker Vineyard

The last place we stopped on our travel was Fess Parker Vineyard.  I have been here several times and at his restaurant in Los Olivos.  I met him and his wife before he passed and you couldn’t meet a nicer person.  He truly was just a fine man and he was happy to even take a picture with our group of women.  I understand Fess’ son is running the vineyard now.

Vine Leaf Closeup

Vine Leaf Closeup

 

Yellows and Reds

Yellows and Reds

Beautiful Vines

Beautiful Vines

Well, this is the end for now until our next short travel out into nature.  I hope you enjoy the photos and come back soon.  You know we want to hear from you!  Send us a note please.

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