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Hitching Post Wines Celebrates One Year in Buellton on August 18


The Hit Tasting Room in Buellton Marks Their First Anniversary Celebration with Music, Food, Library Wines, Raffles and Prizes

l-r Frank Ostini, Jami Ostini, Charlotte Hartley and Gray Hartley. Photo credit: Rob Stark

BUELLTON, California; August 6, 2019 – Frank and Jami Ostini along with partners Gray and Charlotte Hartley celebrate the Hitching Post Wine Tasting Room’s First Anniversary on Sunday, August 18th, 2019.  Hitching Post Wines opened to the public on August 20, 2018, at 420 East Highway 246 in Buellton, located next door to the famed Hitching Post 2 restaurant. Hitching Post Wines is the first-ever tasting room from the Ostini and Hartley families and is complemented by offerings from The HP2 You menu of lunch and snacks for guests of the tasting room and picnic grounds.

Owner and Winemaker Frank Ostini states, “We waited a really long time to have a Tasting Room in the Valley and it’s been worth it! We invite the public to come celebrate our first anniversary with us and listen to some great music, enjoy some of our tasty Santa Maria BBQ and sample some of our wines. Plus we have a few surprises in store.”

See below for schedule of events and pricing.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Festivities from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Live Music

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Menu, Specials and Library Wines Available for Purchase

daily lunch menu with additional specials will be available from HP2 You

decades of Hitching Post Library Wines will be available for purchase by the glass at incredible pricing

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 HP2 You Tasty Appetizer Bar Offered at the HP Wine Tasting Room

Appetizer Bar with assortment of grilled appetizers and two glasses of wine

$25 for Non-Members

$20 for Wine & Fire Passport Members and Hitching Post Club Members

Raffles and Prizes will be held throughout the day

Tickets available at the door
RSVPs appreciated – call HP Wines at 805-688-0676 or email Brittany [email protected]


Hitching Post Wines is the creation of two long-time friends, Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini who have been making wines in Santa Barbara County, California since 1979. Gray Hartley, a former Alaskan salmon fisherman and Frank Ostini, chef and owner of the famed Hitching Post 2 Restaurant in Buellton, were brought together by their love of wine and winemaking. Over the years their backyard hobby turned into a highly acclaimed winemaking enterprise. In 1981 they discovered the wonders of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir; since then Pinot has been their primary focus. Their flagship wine is the Hitching Post Highliner. The “Highliner” is the best fishermen in the fleet, and this name honors the great men of the Alaskan Salmon Fishery alongside whom Gray Hartley worked for 28 years. Hitching Post Wines is set in a mid-century farmhouse off the 246 Highway with trailing walkways and outdoor seating areas banking a view of the Santa Ynez Mountain landscape that invite guests to linger over a bottle of wine while taking in the dramatic landscape. Dogs with attending families are welcome.


The Hitching Post was founded by Frank and Natalie Ostini in Casmalia, California in 1952, specializing in “Santa Maria Style Barbeque,” a California ritual stemming from the culture of the Native American Chumash and the Spanish Rancheros who cooked over the heat of a fragrant red oak wood fire. Son Frank Ostini Jr. is the owner of The Hitching Post 2, opened in Buellton, California in 1986. Ostini, renowned as both a nationally respected chef and winemaker, showcases the tradition of the highest-quality Santa Maria Barbeque paired with the enjoyment of the region’s best Pinot Noir wines. The Hitching Post 2 became internationally recognized with the 2004 Academy Award-winning film Sideways and has been earning praise for its food and wines for over three decades. The restaurant and wines have been featured in Gourmet, Newsweek, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wine Spectator, Sunset, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara News-Press, Los Angeles Magazine, Decanter, Zagat, Eater, and Thrillist, among others. The restaurant was the recipient of the 2010 National Food Service Beef Backer Award.