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


Zinke Wine Co.

Zinke Wine Co.

2366 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 338-1403

Zinke Wine Co. specializes in hand crafted, single vineyard Rhone varietal wines sourced from the Grand Crus of the central coast.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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McClain Cellars

McClain Cellars

140 Industrial Way, Unit E, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 426-4441

Luxury winery, barrel & wine-tasting lounge with a hip modern industrial vibe. Offers 90-96 Point reds, whites, snacks & more.

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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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Beckmen Vineyards

Beckmen Vineyards

2670 Ontiveros Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688 - 8664 ext. 200

An estate winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, crafting premier biodynamic wines with a focus on Rhône varieties. Tasting room located on the vineyard.

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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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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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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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