Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley


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Sta. Rita Winegrowers Alliance names Gray Hartley, Frank Ostini '24 Vintners of the Year'.  Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini, owners and operators of Hitching Post Wines in the Santa Ynez Valley, have been named 2024 Vintners of the Year by the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance.

The pair will be honored at the annual Wine & Fire weekend event that runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15-18.

Sta. Rita Hills Saunter and Sips. Santa Rita Wine Alliance members (including Hitching Post Wines, of course) will be pouring Rosés and delicious Santa Barbara's oceanfront venue, The Carousel House. Lite bites will include a Thai station, an empanada station, and a BBQ slider station, by High on the Hog and Buena Onda. Music by The Down Yonders. April 13, 2024 from 2:30 - 5:30. Coming up: mark down on your calendar Aug. 15 - 18 for the Sta. Rita "Wine and Fire" event at tasting rooms across the area.

The 4th Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, “A Passion 4 Pinot” is the premier event on the international wine calendar. Hosted in one of the world’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring Hotels, this is a unique opportunity to engage with 70 of the top winery owners and winemakers (including Hitching Post Wines of course) and other leading wine personalities and enthusiasts from all over California.

What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn and Nicole Nielsen. Listen to their podcast interview with our very own Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley. (Look for it on 12/11/23.)

Glen Annie Golf Club Hitching Post Wine Pairing Dinner. A great meal paired with Hitching Post wines. October 19, 2023

Lompoc Record: Man of the Year. Frank Ostini, hard hat in hand, has lived a lifetime of service....

The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley News honor those in Santa Ynez Valley who go above and beyond in their service to the community. In 2023 Judy Canby has been selected as the Santa Ynez Valley Woman of the Year, and Frank Ostini has been selected as  Man of the Year in recognition of their leadership and extensive efforts to give back. They were chosen by a panel of board members of the foundation, editors of the Valley News and former honorees, based on nominations made by Valley residents. They will be honored at a gala event on October 15. 

805 Living, September 2023 gives a shoutout to wineries adding food to the tasting experience and to the Hitching Post 2 restaurant doing it in reverse by adding a tasting room for HP Wines adjacent to the restaurant.  See the online version and go to page 89.

Taste of  the Santa Ynez Valley September 28 - October 1, 2023 includes a special October 1st Sunday Supper at Hitching Post 2’s with a specially curated multi-course dinner paired with a selection of Hitching Post Wines presented by Chef/Winemaker Frank Ostini.

The Jeremiah Show: Hear a great interview with Frank Ostini talking about his wine, the restaurant business and more. From KZSB radio, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Independent: A Classic Sunday: Wine and Live Music 

The Coast News: Hitching Post Still a Destination for Wine Lovers

With a glass of pinot noir in hand, legendary winemaker and restauranteur Frank Ostini joins host Bion Rice in the premiere podcast episode of "Two Glasses In"

Hitching Post Wines Tasting Room Opens - Press Release

Johnny Jet Roundup: Travel Movies That Inspire Wanderlust 1/24/19

LOCAL LOWDOWN: Hitching Post Wines Saddles Up to First Tasting Room

Winemaker to Know - Frank Ostini, Santa Ynez Valley Star 1/15/19

TRAVEL BY ENTREE: Incredibly good Hitching Post Wines matched with fine bbq picnic dining in the Santa Ynez Valley 12/14/18

Jetsetting Fashionista – Emily Martin 8/24/18 

Forbes – Larry Olmstead 8/23/18

Wine Advisor 8/20/18

Taking the Sideways Tour 16 Years Later

LA Weekly – Michele Stueven 8/24/18

Santa Barbara News-Press Gabe Saglie 8/24/18

Santa Barbara Independent – George Yatchesin 9/5/18 podcast: The Past and Present of Hitching Post Wines. A conversation with Frank Ostini.

CONSUMED with Jamie Lewis: A podcast conversion with Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley

Hitching Post Opens Tasting Room