Santa Barbara County Wine Country

Discover Santa Ynez Valley Wineries

The heart of Santa Barbara County wine country is just two hours northwest of Los Angeles, and four hours south of the San Francisco, on California’s Central Coast.

Explore  300 Santa Barbara County wineries

Santa Ynez Valley MapSanta 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 seven American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Fertile vineyards and farms, due to the region’s temperate weather, Santa Barbara County wine country offers year ‘round getaway activities to suit all budgets and palates.


Ballard | Buellton | Los Alamos | Los Olivos | Santa Ynez | Solvang

In Northern Santa Barbara County

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About 9.5 million gallons of wine are produced annually, in Santa Barbara County. You will find the second oldest appellation in the U.S. behind Napa.

  • Lompoc, Sta. Rita Hills AVA stretches east to Buellton, producing some of Santa Barbara County’s most prized Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  • 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..
  • Santa Barbara County wine country also has hidden-gem agricultural pockets such as the Los Alamos Valley vineyards, the Old West-meets-modern-foodie town of Los Alamos. Alisos Canyon AVA
  • Santa Maria Bench, which rises inland from the Santa Maria Valley AVA.

Tasting Rooms in Santa Barbara County

Tasting your way through the region’s many varieties –  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Riesling.. Santa Barbara County wine country rises to the food and wine occasion, with a varied International and California cuisines and  restaurants.

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