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


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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Nagy Wines and Cnagy Tasting Room

C. Nagy Wines

145 S. Gray Street Suite 103, Orcutt, CA 93455
(805) 286-7228

Boutique Winery specializing in wines from Santa Barbara County

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Loring Wine Company

Loring Wine Company

201-B Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 691-1300

Specializing in Single Vineyard and Appellation Pinot Noirs from Russian River to Sta. Rita Hills.

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Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 937-8340

Local tasting room pouring estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines from a historic vineyard on the bank of the Sisquoc River.

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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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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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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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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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Stolpman Vineyards

Stolpman Vineyards

2434 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-0400

Estate grown in the Ballard Canyon AVA. Natural and dry farmed on limestone. Native fermentation and minimal manipulation.

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Epiphany

Epiphany

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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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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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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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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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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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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Sanford Winery and Vineyards

Sanford Winery and Vineyards

5010 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
(800) 426-9463

With the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the County, Sanford was the first producer est. in the Sta. Rita Hills , producing a string of award winning wines

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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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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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Pico Restaurant

Pico Restaurant

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

Pico is a partnership between Chef John Wayne Formica and Will Henry, featuring farm-to-fork dining and an extensive wine list.

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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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Los Olivos General Store & Larner Wine Tasting Room

Los Olivos General Store & Larner Wine Tasting Room

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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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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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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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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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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