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


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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Brewer-Clifton

Brewer-Clifton

2367 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 866-6080

Come taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay proudly grown in the Sta. Rita Hills of California in the beauty of Los Olivos.

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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.

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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.

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Pence Vineyards & Winery

Pence Vineyards & Winery

1909 CA-246, Buellton, CA 93427
805.735.7000

Organically farmed. Hand-Crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, & Gamay. Inspired by: farming, food, family & terroir. Visits by Appointment only.

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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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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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Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards

Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards

1280 Drum Canyon Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
805.697-1466

Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyard focuses on cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and warm climate Bordeaux varietals from Happy Canyon.

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Section Wines Winery

Section Wines Winery

65 Los Padres Way, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 729-2911

Section Wines Winery - Local boutique winery located in the middle of the Santa Barbara wine country.

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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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