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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Epiphany

Epiphany

2974 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-2424

Celebrating Rhone-based varietals and esoteric offerings, Epiphany addresses the needs of the adventurous wine lover.

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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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Melville Winery

Melville Winery

5185 East Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
T: 805-735-7030

100% Estate wine in the Heart of Santa Rita Hills specializing in Burgundian and Northern Rhone Varietals. Our focus is on purity and quality.

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Eos Wine Tours & Transportation

Eos Wine Tours & Transportation

500 Anacapa St , Santa Barbara CA 93101
(805) 683-9636

Eos Transportation are the local experts for wine tours and private vehicle charters for weddings and events of all types. Nothing less than the best!

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Ampelos Cellars

Ampelos Cellars

312 N 9th Street, Lompoc Ca 93436
(805) 736-9957

Soil-Vines-Wines. Order great wine is made. Our natural wines are from the 1st certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyard.

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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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Artisan Excursion Wine Tours

Artisan Excursion Wine Tours

430 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 734-7565

With Artisan Excursion Wine Tours, Solvang Santa Ynez Buellton, you get to experience the best of what California’s exquisite wineries have to offer.

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Nagy Wines and Cnagy Tasting Room

C. Nagy Wines

145 S. Gray Street Suite 103, Orcutt, CA 93455
(805) 286-7228

Boutique Winery specializing in wines from Santa Barbara County

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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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Spear Vineyards & Winery

Spear Vineyards & Winery

6700 E. Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 737-1829

Spear is a family owned, farmed & certified organic vineyard nestled in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills Appellation.

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The Good Life craft beer & wine cellar

The Good Life craft beer & wine cellar

1672 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-7111

The Good Life is a bottle shop & bar specializing in California craft beer and local, Artisan wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles.

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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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Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 937-8340

Local tasting room pouring estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines from a historic vineyard on the bank of the Sisquoc River.

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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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