The Best Santa Ynez Valley Wineries

Best Santa Ynez Wineries

Visit the Best Santa Ynez Wineries

Wine lovers will be thrilled to learn that the Santa Ynez wineries are some of the best in the country. Santa Ynez Valley wine country has four distinct American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), over 120 wineries and produces more than 1 million cases of wine every year. You’ll be thrilled with our ever-popular and unique varietals including: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and more.

Santa Ynez wineries are open year-round, with each season offering its own special joys. In the summer many wineries host special outdoor events, barbecues and concerts. Fall ushers in a celebration of the local harvest, and the introduction of new offerings. Winter is reserved for more laid-back exploration and tasting. The year starts again with a spring festival, featuring four days of unique wine and culinary experiences. Of course, the wineries also serve as perfect settings for romantic destination weddings year-round. 

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tours

The best way to experience Santa Ynez wine country is to plan a wine-tasting getaway. Best Santa Ynez WineriesWe have all the insider info you need on Santa Ynez hotels and inns, and the best places to eat. Many Santa Ynez Valley restaurants proudly serve wines from the local vineyards, so you can experience delicious wines paired with savory local cuisine. Take a guided tour of Santa Ynez wine country, or check out the Santa Ynez wineries map below and start exploring on your own.

Wine Tour Highlights
  • Breakaway Wine Tours: Deliciously fun, educational wine tours since 1995! Any size, private and customized. Door-to-door service from local lodging.
  • Classic Wine Tours of Santa Barbara: Offers door-to-door service in Solvang and Santa Ynez. Classic tours include an all-inclusive day with lunch and tasting fees included!
  • Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours: They’ll take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Ynez Wine Country, with your transport, gourmet lunch, and tasting fees included!
  • Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours: The first and premiere wine tour company based in the Santa Ynez Valley – rated #1 activity on Trip Advisor!

 

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Here is a suggested itinerary for your trip to Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country:

Many visitors tell us they love to plan their Santa Ynez vacations around exciting wine-tasting experiences. Here is our suggestion to help you get the full feel of all that Santa Ynez Valley has to offer:

Your First Night
  • Plan your arrival for dinner-time and let your wine experience begin. We recommend staying at the beautiful Mirabelle Inn, a quaint boutique hotel in Solvang. Begin your stay with a complimentary bottle of wine and cookies on arrival, and find Fiji water and L’Occitane shower essentials waiting for you in your comfortably appointed, cozy room. Start the night with a walking tour of the wonderful shops in Solvang, or get ready for a tasty dinner at the Mirabelle’s 5 star First & Oak Restaurant. The menu features exquisite wine country cuisine that blends culinary arts reminiscent of France. There are plenty of wine-tasting opportunities in town for the evening, or just head up to your room for a well-deserved rest. 
Day One
  • In the morning, enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the Mirabelle, or head over to the Solvang Restaurant for some world-famous Aebleskivers and Danish sausage! Then return to your hotel and get whisked away by Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours for an exceptional tour of Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Join a group tour or book a private wine tour for an even more exclusive experience. Your tour fee includes transportation and gratuity, tasting fees at four carefully selected locations, a delicious picnic lunch, and plenty of bottled water.
  • For your dining pleasure that evening we recommend the unique Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro in Buellton. Originally conceived as just an “add-on” restaurant for the winery, Bottlest has evolved into a one-of-a-kind wine country destination. It offers world-class cuisine, artisan cocktails, and more than 50 wines by the glass. You can even custom-craft your own wine. Look for live music every weekend, or make a reservation for their Winemaker Dinner and learn even more about wine. 
Day Two
  • Get up and at ‘em early for a trip to Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos . Thier doors open at 7:00 a.m., and you want to be one of the first people in line for their savory delights. These artisan breads are made by hand in small batches using the simplest of ingredients, and then baked to perfection in a custom-built, stone-deck oven. Open the door and bask in the incredible aroma of fresh-baked breads and parties wafts gently over your head and fills  your senses.
  • For a cowboy wine country experience, try Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding in Santa Ynez. Take a group or private horseback tour through the hills and vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley’s Estelle Vineyards. If you’re riding on a weekend, be sure to ask about the seasonal farm-to-table catered lunch from Dolce Catering Company. After the ride, relax by the scenic pond and take in beautiful vineyard views, or enjoy a game of bocce while sampling the latest wines.

We hope you enjoy our suggestions for a great wine tasting experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. Come back again to explore on your own and learn more about everything our beautiful area has to offer!

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Resources

The following resources are available to help plan your visit to Santa Ynez Valley wine country. 

Download The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour Map

This helpful map outlines all the Santa Ynez wineries.
2017 SYVDG Winery Map

 

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

34 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-1414

We’ll take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Ynez Wine Country, with your transport, gourmet lunch and tasting fees included!

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Los Olivos General Store & Larner Wine Tasting Room

Los Olivos General Store & Larner Wine Tasting Room

2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-688-8148

A modern take on a timeless classic specializing in home goods and locally made products. Also home to the Larner Wine Tasting Room.

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Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards

Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards

1280 Drum Canyon Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
805.697-1466

Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyard focuses on cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and warm climate Bordeaux varietals from Happy Canyon.

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Andrew Murray Vineyards Downtown Los Olivos

Andrew Murray Vineyards Downtown Los Olivos

2901 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-686-9604

Passionately focused on Rhône varieties for 25 years

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Palmina

Palmina

1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc, CA 93436
805.735.2030

Palmina produces a full range of wines crafted from Italian varietals grown in Santa Barbara County, California.

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Sante Wine Bar & Lounge

Sante Wine Bar & Lounge

433 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 691-9641

A modern, contemporary inspired Wine & Beer lounge featuring a wide selection of central coast wines, local beers on tap or by the bottle.

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Classic Wine Tours of Santa Barbara

Classic Wine Tours of Santa Barbara

1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 217, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, **Door to Door Service in Solvang & Santa Ynez**,
(805) 453-4063

Classic Wine Tours of Santa Barbara, enjoy an all inclusive day with lunch and tasting fees included! Book online or call for details. (805) 453-4063.

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Kalyra Winery

Kalyra Winery

343 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-693-8864

The original Kalyra Winery featured in the 'Sideways' movie, the best view in the valley & sampling flights of red/white wine and dessert wines.

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Zinke Wine Co.

Zinke Wine Co.

2366 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 338-1403

Zinke Wine Co. specializes in hand crafted, single vineyard Rhone varietal wines sourced from the Grand Crus of the central coast.

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Sort This Out Cellars & High Roller Tiki Lounge

Sort This Out Cellars & High Roller Tiki Lounge

1636 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-1717

Sort This Out Cellars is a small producer of California wines. Produced from grapes grown throughout California's wine country.

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Zaca Mesa Winery

Zaca Mesa Winery

6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-9339

Estate winery and vineyard focused on Rhône varietals.

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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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Epiphany

Epiphany

2974 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-2424

Celebrating Rhone-based varietals and esoteric offerings, Epiphany addresses the needs of the adventurous wine lover.

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Andrew Murray Vineyards Winery & Visitors Center

Andrew Murray Vineyards Winery & Visitors Center

5249 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-686-9604

Andrew Murray Vineyards has two locations for you to visit!
Winery & Visitors Center- 5249 Foxen Canyon Road & 2901 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos

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Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

181 C Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427
805-688-9090

Founded by pioneer winegrowers Thekla and Richard Sanford, the wines represent the soul of the land-specializing in Burgundian varietals.

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Bradley Family Winery

Bradley Family Winery

92 Second Street, #C & #D, Buellton, Ca 93427
(805) 886-6644

Bradley Family Winery is a small boutique winery located in the Santa Ynez Valley. We feature from "vine to wine" award-winning wines.

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Santa Barbara Vintners Association

Santa Barbara Vintners Association

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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Demetria Estate

Demetria Estate

6701 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-2345

Demetria Estate is a family owned winery located above Foxen Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley. Tastings are unique and by appointment only.

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Firestone Vineyard & Winery

Firestone Vineyard & Winery

5017 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-3940

Firestone Vineyard specializes in expressive high-quality wines from estate and select vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Municipal Winemakers

Municipal Winemakers

425 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440,
(805) 931-6864

Handmade, honest wines in the heart of Los Alamos

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Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

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

Offering guided private and group horseback rides (with or without wine and/or food) through the hills and vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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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 and Cab Franc from SB County vineyards.

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Spear Vineyards & Winery

Spear Vineyards & Winery

6700 E. Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 737-1829

Spear is a family owned, farmed & certified organic vineyard nestled in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills Appellation.

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Roblar Winery

Roblar Winery

3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
8056862603

Join Roblar Winery's friendly staff for an unforgettable vineyard tour while savoring our award winning wines.

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J. Wilkes Tasting Room

J. Wilkes Tasting Room

2963 Grand Ave, #A, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 318-6680

*Los Olivos location closed temporarily as of August 1st. New location opening soon*

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

34 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-1414

We’ll take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Ynez Wine Country, with your transport, gourmet lunch and tasting fees included!

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