Santa Ynez: A Sophisticated Cowboy Town

In the vintage township of Santa Ynez (population 4,418), it’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s 2014 or 1884 with its period-style false-front building facades housing shops, saloons, feed stores and random horses hitched to posts. However, this rather sophisticated cowboy town also boasts plenty of conveniences for modern-day trail riders. A variety of restaurants serve up delicious options from casual burgers, pancakes, and waffles (beloved by locals), to steaks, seafood, regional Italian fare, Latin fusion and locavore cuisine. Modern shops and galleries line streets with horse-shoe embedded crosswalks. Don’t miss the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House for a fascinating does of Old West heritage and myriad events year-round such as the Vaquero Show & Sale in November. The Chumash Casino Resort is adjacent to the township with 24/7 gaming, live entertainment, dining and a luxurious hotel. Old Santa Ynez Day every June is just one fun time to visit, when the town celebrates with a street fair, parade and country-western entertainment. Cyclists gravitate to Santa Ynez as well for a world-class training center, tours or just the chance to ride a bike along serene country roads – there’s plenty to see and do in the town that gave the Valley its name.

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.

Suggested itinerary for your trip to Santa Ynez Valley wine country:

Many visitors tell us they love to plan their vacation 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 in the Valley…

  • 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.

Your first day in the Valley…

  • 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 in the Valley…

  • 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 our suggestions enhance your stay in the Santa Ynez Valley. Come back again to explore on your own and learn more about everything our beautiful area has to offer!

Download The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour Map

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

Need more information? Contact one of our knowledgeable wine tour companies for unique insights about our area:

  • 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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Plan Your Trip


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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Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA

Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA

900 N. Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-2037

There is no other nonprofit quite like the YMCA. Be a part of a cause committed to moving people and communities forward.

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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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Brander Vineyard

Brander Vineyard

2401 N. Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805.688.2455

Established in 1975, The Brander Vineyard is one of the oldest and most distinguished wineries in the Santa Barbara County.

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Trattoria Grappolo

Trattoria Grappolo

3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-6899

Trattoria Grappolo is an informal, friendly Italian bistro in Santa Ynez, California.

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Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

3544 Sagunto Street, At the Corner of Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460,
(805) 688-0033

Dos Carlitos offers fresh, inspired Mexican cuisine and award-winning margaritas.
Voted “Best Restaurant in Santa Ynez Valley" & "Best Happy Hour".

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Chumash Casino Resort

Chumash Casino Resort

3400 Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(800) 248-6274

Chumash Casino Resort’s main attraction is it’s world-class gaming floor, featuring 2,000 slots, table games, bingo, poker and weekly giveaways.

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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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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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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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Naughty Oak Brewing Santa Ynez Taproom

Naughty Oak Brewing Santa Ynez Taproom

3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 591-9252

Craft beer brewed on the Central Coast. We offer twelve beers on tap. Wide variety and highest quality; all made in our Orcutt Brewery.

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The Vincent Vineyards and Winery

The Vincent Vineyards and Winery

2370 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460, The intersection of State Hwy 154 and Roblar Ave. We are located on the East side of the Highway.
(805) 691-4200

Vincent Vineyards is an all Bordeaux Estate Winery and Hospitality facility in the Santa Ynez Valley. Est. 2007.

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Grapeline Wine Tours

Grapeline Wine Tours

(888) 894-6379

Grapeline - Santa Barbara County's premier Wine Tour - offers an insider's view of Santa Ynez Valley wineries aboard spacious deluxe shuttle coaches.

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Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce

Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1738, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 350-8517

The Santa Ynez Chamber is committed to promoting the Township of Santa Ynez, both as our hometown and as a visitor destination.

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S.Y. Kitchen

S.Y. Kitchen

1110 Faraday St. , Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9794

S.Y. Kitchen offers fresh, modern Italian dishes in a unique setting, described as "a California version of a little Italian farmhouse."

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El Rancho Marketplace

El Rancho Marketplace

2886 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
(805)688-4300

We are a full-service Gourmet/Organic/conventional Supermarket, specializing in fresh food, fresh made, fresh locally sourced and Wine

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Santa Ynez Billiards & Cafe

Santa Ynez Billiards & Cafe

1000 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 697-7109

Welcome to SY Billiards!
Hand crafted Mediterranean food, 16 beers on tap & over 100 craft beers for you to enjoy here or take for the road.

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Village Properties Realtors

Village Properties Realtors

3615 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-1620

The sales agents at Village Properties have been representing buyers and sellers in the Santa Barbara area for over 20 years.

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Santa Ynez Valley Historical  Museum

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-7889

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House celebrate the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley.

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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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Gainey Vineyard

Gainey Vineyard

3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-0558



Our beautiful, Spanish-style Tasting Room is open daily and offers wine tasting and barrel tastings.

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ForFriends Inn

ForFriends Inn

1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-0303

Santa Ynez's only boutique B&B & Vacation Rental. Guests enjoy $300+ in free wine tastings & food in Wine Country. Walk to fine dining/nightlife.

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Santa Ynez Inn

Santa Ynez Inn

3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-5588

The newly remodeled Santa Ynez Inn offers an atmosphere of understated, unspoiled luxury coupled with warm hospitality.

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The Lucky Hen Larder

The Lucky Hen Larder

1095 Meadowvale Rd, E, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9448

A gourmet & specialty foods shop featuring artisan sandwiches, cut-to-order cheese and hard to find culinary items. Specializing in house made goods.

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Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

3750 Paradise Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105,
(805) 683-5686

Bordered by Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River, Rancho Oso offers acres of beautiful scenery and endless opportunities.

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