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


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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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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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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Liquid Farm

Liquid Farm

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave. #101, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 697-7859

Enjoy world-class wines in our beautiful, farmhouse-style tasting room and mercantile in the heart of Los Olivos.

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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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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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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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Dragonette Cellars

Dragonette Cellars

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, California
(805) 693-0077

To produce wines of the utmost quality and purity from the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

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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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Babcock Winery & Vineyards

Babcock Winery & Vineyards

5175 E. Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 736-1455

Passionately crafted from top notch Central Coast fruit for over four decades, Babcock wines truly speak of volume, balance, and place.

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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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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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Martellotto Wine Productions

Martellotto Wine Productions

5230 Tepusquet Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454,
(619) 567-9244

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

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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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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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Pence Vineyards & Winery

Pence Vineyards & Winery

1909 CA-246, Buellton, CA 93427
805.735.7000

Organically farmed. Hand-Crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, & Gamay. Inspired by: farming, food, family & terroir. Visits by Appointment only.

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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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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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Epiphany

Epiphany wines – Los Olivos Winery

2974 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-2424

Celebrating Rhone-based varietals and esoteric offerings, Epiphany addresses the needs of the adventurous wine lover.

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Broken Clock Vinegar Works

Broken Clock Vinegar Works

1210 Mission Drive, Ste, 103, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 245-7389

Fermented and Double-Fermented Mixers, Elixirs and Brines

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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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Pico Restaurant

Pico Restaurant

458 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1122

Pico Restaurant at the Los Alamos General Store - Pico’s mission is to create innovative food from local ingredients.

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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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