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


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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Ken Brown Wines

Ken Brown Wines

157 W Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-9400

Ken Brown Wines is a small family-owned winery focusing on Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley.

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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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Crown Point Vineyards

Crown Point Vineyards

1733 Fletcher Way, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-9300

This estate vineyard located in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA is known for producing distinguished Bordeaux varietals.

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Bedford Winery

Bedford Winery

448 Bell St, Los Alamos, California
(805) 344-2107

Superlative wines. Great conversation. Relaxed ambiance. Take the path less traveled & enjoy the ultimate wine experience here in historic Los Alamos.

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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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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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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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Grapeline Wine Tours

Grapeline Wine Tours

2136 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(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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CrossHatch Wines

CrossHatch Wines

1090 Edison St #104, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9192

Join us for Wines by the Glass, Wine Tasting, and Bottles To Go at our new tasting room located in downtown Santa Ynez.

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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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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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Grassini Family Vineyards

Grassini Family Vineyards

5775 Genuine Risk Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 883-8118

Grassini Family Vineyards is a family-owned and operated, boutique winery which specializes in handcrafted Bordeaux varietals.

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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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Standing Sun Wines

Standing Sun Wines

92 Second Street Unit D, Buellton, CA 93427
8056939413

Standing Sun Wines specialize in small lot, Rhone variety wines, from Santa Barbara County... with Standing Sun LIVE and ART Gallery.

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Rideau Vineyard

Rideau Vineyard

1562 ALAMO PINTADO ROAD, SOLVANG, CA 93463
(805) 688-0717

Family owned and operated for over 20 years, we specialize in small production Rhone wines, enjoyed on our beautiful grounds in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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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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The Sanger Family of Wines

The Sanger Family of Wines

1584 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 691-1020

Take your palate on a trip to France, Italy and Spain right here in the heart of Solvang.

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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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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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Evan's Ranch Winery

Evan’s Ranch Winery

2901 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA
888.424.6398

EVAN'S RANCH is located in the renowned Santa Rita Hills appellation of western Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County.

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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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Breakaway Tours & Event Planning, Inc.

Breakaway Tours & Event Planning, Inc.

Door-door service from you local lodging or Air BnB
805 783-2929

Passionate about wine and sharing it with others! Deliciously Fun, Educational Wine Tours since 1995! Any size, private & customized. 805-783-2929

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Final Girl Wines

Final Girl Wines

P.O. Box 126, Buellton, CA, 93427
(805) 350-2758

Peter and Anna are a husband and wife team that blend their two great passions of horror and wine to create Final Girl Wines.

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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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