Santa Barbara County Wine Country

Discover the Santa Ynez Valley Wineries

Just two hours northwest 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. Your wine country basecamp for exploring the 300 Santa Barbara County wineries.

Santa Ynez Valley MapSanta 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.

In Northern Santa Barbara County

You will find 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.

starita-hills-wine-allianceStarting 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 Maria Valley AVA
Santa Maria Valley AVA

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

Wine Tasting in the vineyardAbout 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


Crawford Family Wines

Crawford Family Wines

1661 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
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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Saarloos & Sons

Saarloos & Sons

2971 Grand Ave. , Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-1200

Family. Farming. Vineyards. Wine.

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Happy Canyon Vineyards

Happy Canyon Vineyards

1100-1198 Secretariate St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 203-0749

Happy Canyon Vineyard is a family owned & operated estate vineyard and boutique winery on the central coast of California.

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Kaena Wines

Kaena Wines

2890 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-4069

Kaena specializes in Grenache, and has been serving up the Aloha in the Santa Ynez Valley for the last three years in the quaint town of Los Olivos.

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Ampelos Cellars

Ampelos Cellars

312 N 9th Street, Lompoc Ca 93436
(805) 736-9957

Soil-Vines-Wines. Order great wine is made. Our natural wines are from the 1st certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyard.

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Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

2948 Grand Ave, #E, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-2626

Artiste is a winery and tasting studio experience that transports you to an 1880s working art studio.

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McClain Cellars

McClain Cellars

140 Industrial Way, Unit E, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 426-4441

Luxury winery, barrel & wine-tasting lounge with a hip modern industrial vibe. Offers 90-96 Point reds, whites, snacks & more.

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Melville Winery

Melville Winery

5185 E HWY 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-7030

Melville is a family owned and operated Estate vineyard and winery in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills.

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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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Casa Dumetz Wines

Casa Dumetz Wines

388 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1900

We craft elegant, alluring and authentic Rhone varietals with grapes sourced from extraordinary vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Beckmen Vineyards

Beckmen Vineyards

2670 Ontiveros Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688 - 8664 ext. 200

An estate winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, crafting premier biodynamic wines with a focus on Rhône varieties. Tasting room located on the vineyard.

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Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

1623 Mission Drive, Suite M, Solvang, CA 93463,
(805) 691-9395

Enjoy our wines, which reflect the special terroir of the Sta. Rita Hills, in our inviting and spacious courtyard in charming downtown Solvang.

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Foxen Vineyard & Winery

Foxen Vineyard & Winery

FOXEN, 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454, , foxen 7200, 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 937-4251

The Foxen Boys have been making wine together since 1985 when they founded Foxen. If you don't know Foxen, you don't know Dick.... or Bill.

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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 including Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc from Santa Barbara County vineyards.

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Grimm's Bluff

Grimm’s Bluff

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave. #102, Los Olivos, CA 93460 ,

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

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Rusack Vineyards

Rusack Vineyards

1819 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang, California 93463
(805) 688-1278

At Rusack Vineyards, we are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon

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Dovecote Estate Winery & Ranch

Dovecote Estate Winery & Ranch

9229 Alisos Canyon Road, Los Alamos, CA 93440
805-570-0443

Dovecote Ranch and Estate Winery is dedicated to growing and crafting wines that allow the beauty and character of our land to speak through them.

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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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Brick Barn Wine Estate

Brick Barn Wine Estate

795 W. Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
805.686.1208

Brick Barn Wine Estate stands at a winegrowing frontier unto itself in the western Santa Ynez Valley.

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Folded Hills - Winery - Farmstead - Ranch

Folded Hills – Winery – Farmstead – Ranch

2323 Old Coast HWY, Gaviota, CA 93117
(805) 694-8086

Folded Hills is tucked into the foothills between Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez, offering a taste of farm life with organic produce & estate wines.

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Westerly Wines

Westerly Wines

(949) 289-1457

Our pursuit at Westerly Wines is to express the unique characteristics and individuality of the preeminent vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

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Buscador Winery

Buscador Winery

140 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 242-5206

Handcrafted Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundian varietals produced in limited quantities displayed in a fun and unique wine tasting setting

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Section Wines

Section Wines

65 Los Padres Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 729-2911

Section Wines Winery - Local boutique winery located in the middle of the Santa Barbara wine country.

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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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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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