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May 23, 2017

Santa Maria to Close Restaurant, Refocus on their Love for Wine


CARROLL, Iowa (May 2017) - Over 12 years ago, John and Rose Guinan, co-owners of Santa Maria Vineyard & Winery, turned their love for wine into a business. The success and growth of their nationally acclaimed wines has allowed the brand to evolve throughout the years. That evolution continues in 2017 as Santa Maria has re-channeled their focus and will be closing their full-service restaurant to better focus on the winery and winery event services.


Santa Maria’s restaurant opened in 2009 and has been instrumental in helping spread the word about their variety of wines, which have won 41 awards since 2005. “We’ve always remained focused on producing high-quality wine, and that is what we truly love to do,” said co-owner John Guinan. “Closing the restaurant may come as a shock to those who know us, but a lot of thought and planning has gone into this move and we’re excited to refocus our efforts on wine.”


Santa Maria’s renewed brand focus centers around bringing people together to celebrate each other’s company. The restaurant will now be utilized as a tasting room where light fare will be served to accompany Santa Maria’s award-winning wines.


A longstanding plan of owners John and Rose Guinan has been to create an atmosphere of enjoyment, not only at their winery located along Highway 30 in Carroll, but at external events as well. As part of Santa Maria’s new focus, the Carroll, IA, based company will be introducing catering services to local area communities, which is a service that many local businesses and organizations are already looking forward to.


“We’ve had our ear to the ground, so to say, for some time now,” mentioned John Guinan. “People are looking for additional catered meal options in our area and we look forward to providing a great product to our surrounding areas.” Guinan added, “We have already booked a handful of events and continue to add more. This is a very exciting time to be part of the Santa Maria team!”


In addition to introducing catering services, Santa Maria’s expert staff will also bring in live entertainment for their guests.


Beginning June 1st and running throughout the summer, Santa Maria will be hosting live entertainment in their open-air courtyard every Thursday evening from 6-9pm. Aimed at bringing people together to relax and enjoy, the new live music events will carry a $10 entry fee which includes one free glass of wine or beer.


“We’re really excited to be able to offer live entertainment on a regular basis,” said co-owner Rose Guinan. “From our wine and light fare, to our outdoor fireplace and tuscan-themed courtyard, we are looking to providing another enjoyable, elevated experience for our customers.”


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