Cinque Stelle Winery

Cinque Stelle Winery
2982 Grand Ave
Los Olivos , CA  93441

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Tasting Room Open Thu–Mon 11–5

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Private tastings by appointment, gift shop, pet friendly, corporate events, organic farming practices, wine club discounts


In Italian the name Cinque Stelle (cheen-kweh stell-lay) means five stars. For the members of the Crist family, it stands for each of the five of them and the passion they share for farming and the winemaking process.

The family venture began nine years ago when the Crists purchased a prized vineyard just north of the Santa Ynez River at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The fruit from this singular vineyard, coveted by many local esteemed winemakers, ripens in its own very unique microclimate. The foggy mornings; warm, sunny days; and cool evenings provide a perfect incubator for premium Albariño, Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio (uncommon to the Santa Ynez Valley), as well as Syrah.

The Crists decided that, besides supplying fruit to their neighbors, they would also grow grapes for their own use and started making wine under the Cinque Stelle label. Their first vintage was released in 2009. One of the five family “stars,” Matthew Crist, performs the role of winemaker. He produces small-lot wines, with a focus on the Albariño, Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio, and Syrah from the family’s estate grapes, as well as other varietals all sourced from premium vineyards on California’s Central Coast. With the philosophy that wine is made in the vineyard, Matthew prefers to craft the wines in small lots to let the fruit shine through.

In August 2012, Cinque Stelle Winery opened its tasting room in the charming town of Los Olivos. Natalie Crist, Matthew’s sister and another family “star,” has an impeccable eye for style. As manager of the tasting room, she has added another exciting component—a women’s clothing boutique featuring chic fashions, jewelry, and other accessories. Guests are invited to discover the wines as they look through the collection and try something on when it inspires them. This tasting and shopping experience has a European feel and pairs beautifully with the wines of Cinque Stelle Winery.

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Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No