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


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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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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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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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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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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Peake Ranch Winery

Peake Ranch Winery

7290 Santa Rosa Rd, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-7093

Peake Ranch is a boutique winery and tasting room located down Buellton's bucolic Santa Rosa Road on south side of the Sta Rita Hills.

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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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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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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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Zaca Mesa Winery

Zaca Mesa Winery

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

At Zaca Mesa, we specialize in producing Rhône-style wines of outstanding quality from our estate vineyards.

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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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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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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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Dana V. Wines

Dana V. Wines

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

Enjoy a glass of award winning Rosé on the patio or come inside and enjoy the tasting list. Happy Hour Daily from 4 'til closing.

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Cholame Vineyard

Cholame Vineyard

140 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 610-1122

Small production winery located in San Miguel, Ca at the southern tip of Monterey County.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Black Monarch, LLC

Black Monarch, LLC

(805) 294-0930

Black Monarch is a boutique private wine tour and transportation services company. We specialize in small and private groups, up to 6 people.

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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.

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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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