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Slay Estate & Vineyard is located in the heart of the iconic Sta. Rita Hills AVA, David Slay spent over two years working hand-in-hand with his vineyard team and the region's premier winemakers to prepare the site for planting and crafting wines of exceptional quality and distinctive character. The property is flanked by prestigious vineyards and sits on a former organic vegetable farm. 


Slay Wines are available to enjoy alongside dining experiences at Chef Slay’s culinary institutes in L.A.’s South Bay or can be purchased online:


Our farm in Sta. Rita Hills is where the magic happens. We grow the freshest vegetables, which rotate seasonally that go straight from our fields to your plate. With weekly deliveries, we ensure our restaurants are always stocked with the best produce. It's all about keeping it fresh and local!


Rich in woodwork and having been built entirely by hand, Slay vineyard offers a sense of uniqueness and authenticity. It's not just a place to produce wine but a labor of love and a reflection of Slay's vision.  The fact that it features beautiful woodwork and wood beam ceilings adds to its charm and character. Our property is flanked by prestigious vineyards and sits on a former organic vegetable farm. 

The expansive barrel room in the main house serves as an excellent venue for intimate gatherings, such as weddings and anniversary dinners, set amongst the vines.

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Located on California’s Central Coast in Santa Barbara County, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (American Viticulture Appellation) is considered one of California’s most critically acclaimed wine growing regions. The unique geology of the AVA’s transverse mountain ranges serve as a funnel for the cooling marine breezes and fog layer (which roll in like clockwork most mornings and evenings during the growing season). This marine influence serves as a moderator to the area’s warm, sunny days allowing for longer hangtime and acid retention. 

In addition, the prominent white hills seen throughout the area are comprised mainly of diatomaceous earth which was created over a millennia at the bottom of the ocean floor. These marine deposits, in addition to the wind and climate, are partly responsible for the low yields, intensely concentrated berries, thick skins and persistent acidity in wines from this region. This creates the ideal environment for cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as Syrahs and Viogniers with notable personality.