Discover Santa Barbara County Wineries

Welcome to the Santa Ynez Valley: your wine country basecamp for exploring 300 Santa Barbara County wineries.

Just two hours north of Los Angeles, and about four hours south of the San Francisco Bay Area, sits the Santa Ynez Valley – the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country, on California’s Central Coast.

Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct towns each with their own culture, vibe and menu of experiences, while the greater Santa Barbara County wine region houses six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Blanketed with fertile vineyards and farms all fruitful, in part, due to the region’s temperate weather, Santa Barbara County wine country offers year ‘round getaway activities to suit all budgets and palates.

 

The Lay of the Land

In northern Santa Barbara County, you will find the Santa Maria Valley AVA – the second oldest appellation in the U.S., behind Napa. And to the south, the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, which contains a subset of four additional AVAs, each with their own unique grape farming personality and profile.

Starting in Lompoc, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA stretches east to Buellton, producing some of Santa Barbara County’s most prized Chardonnay and Pinot Noir bottlings. Ballard Canyon AVA lies just beyond the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, and borders the newest of these areas, the Los Olivos District AVA. Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA is on the eastern border of these AVAs, which range in grape-growing climate from cooler to slightly warmer as you travel west to east through this section of the wine region.

Santa Barbara County wine country also has hidden-gem agricultural pockets and of those, not to be overlooked, are the Los Alamos Valley vineyards, encircling the Old West-meets-modern-foodie town of Los Alamos, and the Santa Maria Bench, which rises inland from the Santa Maria Valley AVA.

Where the Magic Happens

Santa Barbara County wine production is concentrated in a few areas, with outlying winery facilities – and tasting experiences – dotting the entire County.

Lompoc has approximately 40 wineries mainly clustered in the city’s Midtown section, as well as in the affectionately-named “Lompoc Wine Ghetto”. Between Lompoc and the city of Buellton, estate vineyards and wineries nestled among the rolling Sta. Rita Hills, give way to Buellton’s industrial winemaking core.

The Santa Ynez Valley towns of Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Buellton, Solvang and Santa Ynez, all boast wine tasting rooms, and traveling the short distances between each of these towns, as well as the sixth Santa Ynez Valley micro-burg of Ballard, affords guests with vineyard visits, pastoral estate tasting rooms with views for days, and entire “tasting trails”, such as the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail: 14 wineries along a 30-mile stretch of Foxen Canyon Road, which links Los Olivos with yet another wine-making hub, Santa Maria.

“South County” Santa Barbara cities and towns of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, continue the wine-drenched trend with wineries and tasting rooms spilling down towards the ocean.

Just a Taste

About 9.5 million gallons of wine are produced annually, in Santa Barbara County. Tasting through the region’s many varieties – the afore-mentioned Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Riesling, to name a few – can work up quite an appetite. Santa Barbara County wine country rises to the food and wine occasion, with singular cuisines and stand-out restaurants.

Internationally-famous Santa Maria oakwood BBQ, and more specifically, tri-tip, can be found throughout the County, as can French bistro fare done to the nines, wine countrified-Italian, rarified ramen, Danish pastries and delectable bake shops, destination burgers, and fresh-off-the-boat Santa Barbara seafood, such as the region’s storied ‘uni’.

Along the lines of “terroir” in wine, our chefs and food crafters pay particular attention to what’s in season and what’s locally-grown, utilizing local produce, beef, fish and seafood to tell their edible Santa Barbara wine country tales.

Visit the Santa Ynez Valley

Craving more? Santa Barbara County wine country features events of all sorts, so any time of the year is sure to entertain. Once here, multiple local wine tour companies are at the ready to plan your day of wine tasting, and to be your guides and drivers. Alternately, adventure always awaits if you feel up to exploring on your own. With so many miles of vineyards to cover, so many wines to taste and so much good food to be had, better plan to stay a while. The Santa Ynez Valley offers 30+ different lodging properties to complete your wine country vacation, all as diverse and distinct as our wines.


Plan Your Trip


Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours Inc.

Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours Inc.

1482 Aalborg Way, Solvang, CA 93463
805-686-8347

The first and premiere wine tour based in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara Wine Country.
We are the #1 activity on Trip Advisor!

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Cholame Vineyard

Cholame Vineyard

140 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 610-1122

Small production winery located in San Miguel, Ca at the southern tip of Monterey County.

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Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Tasting Room

Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Tasting Room

2963 Grand Ave. , Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805)688-6640

Award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache & Syrah

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Grimm's Bluff

Grimm’s Bluff

Certified Biodynamic estate planted exclusively to Bordeaux varieties. Tasting room now open in Los Olivos.

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Final Girl Wines

Final Girl Wines

P.O. Box 126, Buellton, CA, 93427
(805) 350-2758

Peter and Anna are a husband and wife team that blend their two great passions of horror and wine to create Final Girl Wines.

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Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
8056869336

An unforgettable wine tasting experience featuring beautiful wines made from L&L's estate grown, hand-picked, sustainably farmed grapes.

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Bedford Winery

Bedford Winery

448 Bell St, Los Alamos, California
(805) 344-2107

Superlative wines. Great conversation. Relaxed ambiance. Take the path less traveled & enjoy the ultimate wine experience here in historic Los Alamos.

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Santa Barbara Vintners Association

Santa Barbara Vintners

597 Avenue of Flags, Suite 102, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-0881

The Santa Barbara Vintners is a non-profit organization founded to promote and support the wine and grape industry of Santa Barbara County.

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Solminer Wine Company

Solminer Wine Company

2890 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 691-9195

Specializing in Estate grown Organic, Natural California wine using Austrian Varietals Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent.

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Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

2178 Mora Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 944-0493

Offering private, guided horseback riding tours through Estelle Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country.

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Nagy Wines and Cnagy Tasting Room

C. Nagy Wines

145 S. Gray Street Suite 103, Orcutt, CA 93455
(805) 286-7228

Boutique Winery specializing in wines from Santa Barbara County

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The Good Life craft beer & wine cellar

The Good Life craft beer & wine cellar

1672 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-7111

The Good Life is a bottle shop & bar specializing in California craft beer and local, Artisan wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles.

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Sunstone Winery

Sunstone Winery

125 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(800) 313-9463

Sunstone's tasting room is reminiscent of some of the small wineries in the Provencal French countryside.

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Crawford Family Wines

Crawford Family Wines

2477 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-698-3889

Crawford Family Wines embraces the "garagiste" style of winemaking by producing tiny lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals.

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Metrick Wines

Metrick Wines

84 Industrial Way #C, Buellton, CA 93440
(310) 210-6950

Elegant and austere wines from Santa Barbara County and beyond. Made by Spanish importer and dry sherry bottler Alex Russan.

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Hitching Post II Restaurant and Winery

Hitching Post II Restaurant and Winery

406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-0676

The quintessential Wine Country experience since 1986, with wood fire grilled “Santa Maria” barbeque and world class Hitching Post Pinot Noirs.

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Carr Vineyards & Winery

Carr Vineyards & Winery

3563 Numancia St. #101, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-5757

We specialize in the production of ultra premium wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah & Cab Franc from SB County vineyards. Open daily for wine tasting.

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Carivintas Winery

Carivintas Winery

476 First Street, Solvang, CA 93436
805-693-4331

We started the winery with three things in mind: to do something we enjoy and love; make a decent living; and give back to the community.

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Grassini Family Vineyards

Grassini Family Vineyards

(805) 897-3366

Grassini Family Vineyards is a family-owned and operated, boutique winery which specializes in handcrafted Bordeaux varietals.

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Kitá Wines

Kitá Wines

300 North 12th Street, Unit 1A, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 819-1372

Kitá Wines is a small, premium winery located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Sandoval Mergenov Wines

Sandoval Mergenov Wines

1719 Calzada Ave, Santa Ynez, Ca 93440
(757) 374-7943

Small Batch, Hand crafted wines.

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Martian Ranch & Vineyard

Martian Ranch & Vineyard

9110 Alisos Canyon Road , Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1804

Martian is a down to earth winery in Los Alamos California that is dedicated to the journey.

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Pico Restaurant

Pico Restaurant

458 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1122

Pico is a collaboration between Chef Drew Terp and Will Henry, featuring farm-to-fork dining and an extensive wine list.

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Brave & Maiden Estate

Brave & Maiden Estate

649 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, California 93460
(805) 693-2989

Join us for one of our three wine tasting experiences, each which showcases a portfolio of our limited production wines.

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Dana V. Wines

Dana V. Wines

1588 Mission Dr. Suite B, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-3488

Enjoy a glass of award winning Rosé on the patio or come inside and enjoy the tasting list. Happy Hour Daily from 4 'til closing.

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