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


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.

Learn More

CrossHatch Wines

CrossHatch Wines

436 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463, (in the Windmill)
(805) 691-9192

VISIT US IN THE WINDMILL
Our tasting room is located in a historic windmill at 436 Alisal Road in downtown Solvang, California.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Sandoval Mergenov Wines

Sandoval Mergenov Wines

1719 Calzada Ave, Santa Ynez, Ca 93440
(757) 374-7943

Small Batch, Hand crafted wines.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Saarloos & Sons

Saarloos & Sons

2971 Grand Ave. , Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-1200

Family. Farming. Vineyards. Wine.

Learn More

Sunstone Winery

Sunstone Winery

125 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(800) 313-9463

Sunstone's tasting room is reminiscent of some of the small wineries in the Provencal French countryside.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Zaca Mesa Winery

Zaca Mesa Winery

6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-9339

Estate winery and vineyard focused on Rhône varietals.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Carivintas Winery

Carivintas Winery

476 First Street, Solvang, CA 93436
805-693-4331

We started the winery with three things in mind: to do something we enjoy and love; make a decent living; and give back to the community.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More