Costa de Oro Tasting Room
Costa de Oro Tasting Room is located right off of Highway 101 in Santa Maria. This site pays tribute to the history behind Costa De Oro — it was the strawberry stand for Gold Coast Farms, the parent company of Costa De Oro, which has been farming Santa Maria since 1978. Gold Coast Vineyard was planted to 20 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay in 1989, and these grapes were sold to the area’s best wineries — including Au Bon Climat. Gary Burk, Costa de Oro co-owner and winemaker, was fortunate to work in the winery with Jim Clendenen from 1994-2002, and during this time he began to make his own wine. Gary started with just one barrel of Chardonnay and one barrel of Pinot Noir.
Today, Costa de Oro produces more than 6000 cases featuring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the estate — Gold Coast Vineyard. At the 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition their Estate Chardonnay won “Best of Show” and their Estate Pinot Noir received a “Gold Medal.” The best place to experience the wines is at the tasting room, where guests can taste five wines for only $10.
In addition to their regular tasting room hours (normally 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily), they have music three nights a week...Thursday 5-7 p.m. (Classical), Friday evening, “Friday Night Wine Downs” featuring live music from local musicians & $12 food plates available. Then on Saturdays they have acoustic music 3 to 5 p.m.
Another facet to the Costa de Oro portfolio is their “Wine on Tap.” Kegged wine, wine stored and shipped inside five gallon kegs instead of bottles, has been gaining popularity throughout the past several years. Costa de Oro started kegging wine for high-end accounts, like Roy’s Hawaii. Now these wines, a white and a red, are available in the tasting room by the glass and by the growler (these can be refilled). Costa de Oro wine club members receive discounts on keg wines, bottled wines and merchandise.