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


Artisan Excursion Wine Tours

Artisan Excursion Wine Tours

430 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 734-7565

With Artisan Excursion Wine Tours, Solvang Santa Ynez Buellton, you get to experience the best of what California’s exquisite wineries have to offer.

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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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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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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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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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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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Melville Winery

Melville Winery

5185 E HWY 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805)7357030

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

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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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Martellotto Wine Productions

Martellotto Wine Productions

65 Los Padres Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(619) 567-9244

Martellotto Wines produces outstanding quality wines from select vineyards in SB County.

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Dana V. Wines

Dana V. Wines

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

Wine by the glass and tastings available daily inside or on the patio

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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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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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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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Margerum Wine Company

Margerum Wine Company

59 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427, (behind Figueroa Mtn. Brewing)
(805) 686-8500

Margerum Wine Company makes handcrafted wine sourced from our own Estate Vineyard as well as other top Santa Barbara County growers.

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Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

6121 E Highway 246, Lompoc, California
(805) 737-6222

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery at Rancho Santa Rosa is the realization of vintner Bill Foley's dream to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

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Sweetzer Cellars

Sweetzer Cellars

308 #C North 9th Street, Lompoc CA 93436
805.588.2291

We started making wine in our second-story Sweetzer Avenue apartment...

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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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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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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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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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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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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-688-7265

Taste the Central Coast! Wine country cuisine and an wine list of over 500 mostly local wines also available for retail at their Wine Merchant.

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Bevela Wines

Bevela Wines

PO Box 1079, Los Alamos, Ca 93440
(805) 720-9463

Bevela Wines is a micro-boutique winery owned by Kris and Marisa Beverly. An unconventional husband and wife duo that like to get their hands dirty.

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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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