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


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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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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Lumen Wines

Lumen Wines

458 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 350-4054

Cool-climate wines by Will Henry and Santa Barbara's first independent female winemaker, Lane Tanner, with grapes sourced from biodynamic vineyards.

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Brewer-Clifton

Brewer-Clifton

2367 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 866-6080

Come taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay proudly grown in the Sta. Rita Hills of California in the beauty of Los Olivos.

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Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-1545

A multi-generational family winery that continues to build upon the vision of our patriarch, Fess. 25 years crafting award winning wines in SB County.

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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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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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DaFoe Wines / Attic Salt Wine Co.

DaFoe Wines / Attic Salt Wine Co.

2901 Grand Ave. #C, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-452-9685

Santa Barbara County native winemaker, specializing in rich, expressive wines and unique blends.

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Coquelicot Estate Vineyard

Coquelicot Estate Vineyard

2884 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-1500

COQUELICOT is the name “en Français” of the striking red poppy flower that graces the French countryside, as well as all the labels on our wine.

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Dana V. Wines

Dana V. Wines

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

In addition to our tasting list we also offer wine by the glass inside our cozy tasting room or out on the patio. Open late!

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Barbieri Wine Company

Barbieri Wine Company

2369 Alamo Pintado Avenue,, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-8882

Barbieri and Kempe Wines are dedicated to producing small-batch wines from top locations in Santa Barbara County & Central Coast.

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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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Kalyra Winery

Kalyra Winery

140 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA , 93427
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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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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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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Lost Chord Guitars

Lost Chord Guitars

1576 Copenhagen, Suite 101,, Solvang, California 93464,

In 2019, Chris & Kim Pelonis opened Lost Chord Guitars in downtown Solvang. Part music venue, part art and photography gallery, and one part boutique

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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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Story of Soil

Story of Soil

2928 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos CA 93441,
(805) 686-1302

As a small winery, Story of Soil, we can put more time, attention, and care into our wines.

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Los Olivos General Store

Los Olivos General Store

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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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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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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Piazza Family Wines

Piazza Family Wines

2825 Tapadero Road, Solvang, CA 93463
805-694-8046

A small family owned vineyard & winery in Ballard Canyon, hand crafting minimal interventionist wines with a focus on terroir. Tastings by appointment

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Refugio Ranch Vineyards

Refugio Ranch Vineyards

2990 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805)688-5400

A family owned and operated estate vineyard, specializing in Rhone varietals and Sauvignon Blanc.

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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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