About the Fest!
You might be asking yourself "what the hell is a Natural Coast?" - Well here we are!
The Natural Coast showcases and celebrates the wineries and winegrowers promoting environmentally beneficial viticulture, low impact winemaking, and socially conscientious business practices throughout California’s Central Coast. These producers make wine in a natural way, honoring the earth and forging a better path forward in the wine industry. Better vineyards, better wines, better Earth.
What does that mean? It means we’re inviting all the wineries we work with in our shop, Satellite, from our local (and favorite) growing region - California’s Central Coast!
Frequently Asked Questions
When/Where is the Fest?
The fest runs from 11am-5pm on Saturday, April 22nd. Only valid ticket holders age 21+ will be allowed access. The fest will be held at the new Satellite "Mothership" Event Space @ 616 E Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Look for the "Pacific Timber Products" sign and you've found us!
Where Do I Park?
If you have a bike, scooter, roller blades, etc - Please use them! 🚴🛹🤸
For ye who must drive there is parking up Haley Street and down Gutierrez Streets. There is a glut of parking down both Quarantina, Salsipuedes headed south, also just a block north around Ortega Park! If street parking gets dicey please use either City Parking Lot #11 or the Junior High School lot at 721 E Cota St - both are a short walk of 2-5 blocks.
What's the Schedule?
The festival is open the the public from 11am-5pm on Saturday, April 22nd. Only valid ticket holders will be allowed access.
Are Tickets Available at the Door?
Yes, general admission tickets are available at the door for $80. First come, first served. If we're sold out though, tough! We recommend purchasing in advance as this event is likely to sell out!
What's Included in My Ticket?
Your ticket provides you access to the fest from 11am to 5pm. We will provide a tasting glass and spittoons. Each producer will be sharing tasting pours of their wines as well as their very precious time! Food and Drink will be available for purchase on-site by Buena Onda Empanadas
*Please be kind and leave your glass with us! We're hoping to get collectibles made for the next fest!!*
I Bought a Ticket, Now What?
Simply show up at the fest! All of our ticket holders will be on our guest list at the front door. Please bring your ID for age and identity verification.
Winery Entry Requirements:
- For all wines, the majority of fruit must come from vineyards in California’s Central Coast which includes the following counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, & San Mateo
- All wine must be farmed organically as a minimum. Whether certified or not, vineyards must be farmed without any synthetic pesticides. Certification from CCOF, Demeter Biodynamic, etc. welcome and appreciated
- All wines must be fermented natively - whether spontaneously or using a pied-de-cuve. Sparkling wines may be accepted when fermented with non-native yeast if noted in technical information.
- No sterile filtration, no fining.
- Absolutely no additives except for SO2 with a maximum total SO2 below 70 ppm, regardless of wine style
- No magic techno-wizard winemaking tricks. This includes reverse-osmosis, cryo-extraction, spinning cone filtration, etc.
- None of these rules are negotiable. Breaking of any rules will result in a 3-year minimum ban from presenting at Natural Coast Festival events... and v. bad vibes!
Can I Purchase These Wines?
Yes, You can buy these wines directly!
This event is both a consumer and professional event! Whether buying for a restaurant wine program or home cellar we intend to connect wines with thirsty mouths!
Producers may elect to list a certain number of wines for sale! All wines listed for sale on the Natural Coast Website will be available for pre-order through this website during the event. Pickup and shipping orders may be placed until Monday, April 24th! We expect pre-ordered wines to be available by Friday the 28th. Don't miss out! Check out before you head out!
Satellite will handle all of the sales and fulfillment from 1117 State St.
Are There Age Requirements for Guests?
All ticket holders must be 21+ and will have ID's checked at the door. No non-ticketed guests allowed.
Is Food Available at the Fest?
Yes! Satellite and a list of forthcoming vendors will be on hand for the event serving bites a la carte. Stay tuned for announcements regarding other vendors and our offerings!
Who Made All This Great Art?
Our awesome friend Brenna Quigley made the artwork for the festival! She's a brilliant geologist, podcaster, and artist! Check out her work here
Where's my Favorite Winery?
Not seeing your fave producer? Do they fit the requirements? Email us your best recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Will I Need to Attend?
You'll need a ticket information and your ID showing you are 21+. We will have a guest list at the front entrance where wrist bands will be issued, glassware grabbed, and tasting adventures begun!
We also recommend sunscreen & sun protection, weather-appropriate clothing, and a positive attitude. No bad vibes allowed!
What's the Food Situation?
We'll have water (and plenty of wine) on site for our guests. Buena Onda Empanadas will have a booth pumping out delicious empies and there are some other wonderful options in the neighborhood!
- Cajé Coffee - 7am-3pm ☕️
- Lito's - Mexican - 6:30am - 3pm 🍳🌮
- 3rd Window Brewing - Opens @ 12pm 🍔🍟🍺
- Los Agaves - Mexican - Opens @ 11am 🐟🌮
- Rascals - Vegan - Opens @ 5pm 🌯🥗
Sticking around town? Satellite is closed for another event BUT we recommend these homies for dinner:
Are Kids/Dogs Allowed?
The event is 21+ and no children will be admitted. Well behaved dogs may be allowed but please be advised this event will be busy so any dogs with social anxiety are encouraged to stay home. Poor behavior will not be tolerated and both dog and handler will be asked to leave. Thank you for understanding.
I Have a Bad Attitude. What Should I Do?
Cool, please do not buy a ticket and do not come to the fest! EXCELLENT VIBES ONLY! 🌼
The Natural Coast Festival was founded and organized by Drew Cuddy, Lindsey Reed, and the Satellite team. The wines and wineries featured in this festival are all friends of the shop and the majority have been featured on our menus over the years.
Lindsey came up with this whole crazy idea! She's been in the industry for over 20 years but found natural wine after receiving her degree in geology embarking on a mission to tie her love of wine and rocks together! She spent two years learning the winemaking process in Ballard Canyon with Larner Winery, followed by a year converting a Santa Barbara vineyard to biodynamic farming under the guidance of winegrower Ryan Roark.
While educating herself in every aspect of growing grapes and making wine Lindsey found a home Satellite where her passion took off and her dream of The Natural Coast began.
Drew grew up in a conventional food farming family in Canada. After migrating to California he fell for wine while helping his father launch an organic-focused wine import and distribution business. College summers were spent working with natural Italian producers, immersed in the process. Back in LA Drew fell into a role distributing wine, quickly ran off for a harvest in Sonoma, and finally, landed in Santa Barbara to launch Satellite in 2017. Satellite is a fully farmer to table//farmer to glass restaurant that focuses exclusively on naturally conceived ingredients. Drew is pretty sure the central coast is the greatest place on earth... he's 100% correct.
Make sure to stay tuned to our instagram feed for updates on forthcoming festivals, merch drops, and more!