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


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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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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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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Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours Inc.

Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours Inc.

1482 Aalborg Way, Solvang, CA 93463
805-686-8347

The first and premiere wine tour based in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara Wine Country.
We are the #1 activity on Trip Advisor!

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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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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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Margerum Wine Company

Margerum Wine Company

59 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427, (behind Figueroa Mtn. Brewing)
(805) 686-8500

Margerum Wine Company makes handcrafted wine sourced from our own Estate Vineyard as well as other top Santa Barbara County growers.

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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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The Sanger Family of Wines

The Sanger Family of Wines

1584 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 691-1020

Take your palate on a trip to France, Italy and Spain right here in the heart of Solvang.

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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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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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Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu’ile Winery

5391 Presquile Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-8110

Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small, family-run winery dedicated to making exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Folded Hills - Winery - Farmstead - Ranch

Folded Hills – Winery – Farmstead – Ranch

2323 Old Coast HWY, Gaviota, CA 93117
(805) 694-8086

Folded Hills is tucked into the foothills between Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez, offering a taste of farm life with organic produce & estate wines.

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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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Demetria Estate

Demetria Estate

6701 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-2345

Demetria Estate is a family owned winery located above Foxen Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley. Tastings are unique and by appointment only.

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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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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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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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Saarloos & Sons

Saarloos & Sons

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

Family. Farming. Vineyards. Wine.

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