Santa Barbara County Wine Tourism

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Avant Tapas & Wine

Cleverly disguised within a neoclassic modern industrial warehouse at the western tip of the Santa Ynez Valley, Avant Tapas & Wine entices guests with an amazing variety of wines, local artisan cuisine, and lots of ways to have a good time.

Beckmen Vineyards

Tucked in a quiet spot, just two miles south of the flag pole in downtown Los Olivos, Beckmen Vineyards has spent the last two decades earning its reputation as one of the nation’s premier producers of Rhône varietals.

Blair Fox Cellars

Those familiar with the Santa Ynez Valley’s finest wines realize they’ve come across something special: the tiny tasting room where renowned Winemaker Blair Fox and his wife Sarah pour their family’s own boutique wines. 

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard

Long before the words “sustainable” and “organic” were part of the common vernacular, they were ardently practiced at Buttonwood Estate.

Demetria Estate

John and Sandra Zahoudanis founded Demetria Estate in 2005, to uphold John’s Greek heritage and family tradition of farming and careful stewardship of the land.

Fess Parker Winery, Inn and Spa

Fess Parker's dreams are realized in the Fess Parker Winery, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, and the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn located in the heart of nearby Los Olivos.

Firestone Vineyard

The epitome of entrepreneurial spirit and family tradition, Firestone Vineyard was the first major estate winery founded in the Santa Ynez Valley. 

Grassini Family Vineyards

A strong sense of pride and family define Grassini Family Vineyard as a premier wine destination in the Santa Barbara County.

Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards

The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen have fast become legendary for lovers of distinctive premium wines from Santa Barbara County.

Refugio Ranch

Nestled against the northern flank of the Santa Ynez Mountains and just south of the Santa Ynez River, Refugio Ranch is a splendid, rustic 415-acre estate dotted with oak trees and 26 strategically planted vineyard acres.

Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Sanford Winery & Vineyards planted the first Pinot Noir vines in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills, a region now heralded for that varietal.

William James Cellars

Robin Bogue, founder of William James Cellars, puts a lot of energy into getting wines the attention they deserve.

Zaca Mesa Winery

From its earliest days, the Zaca Mesa Winery has cultivated superior quality grapes from its well-drained Santa Ynez Valley soils.

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The progress in production size and quality of wines made in Santa Barbara County over the past few decades is one of California’s great wine success stories. In an age when Napa was the only big player on the American wine scene, Santa Barbara winemakers accepted the challenge of producing quality wines to rival the best in the state. Now, Santa Barbara County has earned great respect and won many highly esteemed awards, particular for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, Sauvignon Blancs, Cabernet Sauvignons and fantastic blends. With vineyards stretching from as far north as the Santa Maria Valley to the Santa Rita Hills in the coastal southwest and the Santa Ynez Valley whose stellar wines prompted a major motion picture about wine, Santa Barbara’s diverse terroir ideally encompasses a variety of geographical attributes and climates, making it the perfect local for nearly every varietal of wine grape.

The resort city of Santa Barbara is home to sparkling beaches, premium shopping and outstanding restaurants, while the inland wine regions offer a less hurried, more rural form of elegance. There is plenty to do no matter what your passion is. There are miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, kayaking tours, fishing at the local lake and even glider rides over wine country. For a less adventurous afternoon, visit some of the many museums, explore the tenth California mission and, of course, relax at a winery with a glass of wine in hand!