Santa Barbara County

Just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara County has it all. The city of Santa Barbara—with its Spanish Mission-inspired architecture, serene sandy beaches, and low-lying foothills replete with beautiful homes— is often referred to as America’s Riviera. What’s more, just a 40-minute breathtaking drive over the foothills lies sun-soaked Santa Barbara wine country. The majestic hills and valleys of this region remain relatively untouched, immersing you in the true Wild West, with quaint towns, picturesque wine trails, and fabulous wines to discover.


Featured Wineries

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard

Long before grapevines were planted on the hilltop at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, it was home to horses, goats, and chickens; trees bearing fruit, nuts, and olives; and gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Foley Estates

Founded by Bill Foley in the late 1990s, Foley Estates has earned a solid reputation for its ultrafine, handmade, cool-climate wines from Sta. Rita Hills. 

Foley Food & Wine Society at Bacara

Aptly located on the elegant front courtyard of the Bacara Resort & Spa, the captivating tasting room of Foley Food & Wine Society inspires guests to pursue their passion for wine, food, and travel.

Happy Canyon Vineyard

With a passion for the countryside and a rancher’s way of life, Thomas J. Barrack Jr. acquired Piocho Ranch in Happy Canyon in 1992. Today, Piocho Ranch is home to the Barrack family, a vineyard, with two regulation-sized polo fields, and many powerful ponies.

Lincourt Vineyards

Nestled under California pepper trees on a property that was once a dairy farm, Lincourt Vineyards retains the rural charm and simplicity of an earlier era.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

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

Pence Ranch

Tucked away in the hills of Santa Ynez Valley, Pence Ranch is a small artisanal winery dedicated to producing world-class wines that highlight the unique complexity of Santa Barbara terroir.

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

In Santa Barbara County, the name Riverbench is synonymous with premium quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Sagebrush Annie's

The Hogans’ wines have earned 103 Gold—or higher—ratings since 2005 at major judging events including the San Francisco International Wine Competition where their 2004 Cabernet won best Cabernet Sauvignon in its class of 450 wines.

 

 

Sanger Family of Wines

Sanger Family of Wines invites guests to fully savor the Mediterranean lifestyle as they discover three distinctive wine brands, all born on California’s Central Coast.

Westerly Wines

The name Westerly resonates in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was the name given nearly 50 years ago to a magnificent 3,900-acre Santa Ynez Valley horse ranch called Westerly Stud Farms. Today, the name Westerly represents one of the most diverse portfolios of wines in Santa Barbara County.

Notable Wineries

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is dedicated to making distinctive wines with an emphasis on quality and environmental responsibility.

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Arcadian Winery

Joe has put in plenty of overtime—some 25 years—crafting his Burgundian-style California wines. He employs the authentic Burgundian methods when making his wines.

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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.

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Blair Fox Cellars & Fox Wine Co.

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. 

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Bridlewood Estate Winery

From its gracious grounds to its ever-evolving collection of Central Coast wines, Bridlewood Estate Winery is not to be missed.

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Carina Cellars

Since its inception ten years ago, Carina Cellars continues to exemplify Ralph Waldo Emerson’s belief, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

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Cinque Stelle Winery

In Italian, the name Cinque Stelle (cheen-kweh stell-lay) means five stars. For the members of the Crist family, it stands for each of the five of them and the passion they share for farming and the winemaking process.

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Curtis Winery

Pioneering local vintners Brooks and Kate Firestone established Curtis Winery in 1995 as one of California’s first wineries dedicated exclusively to the production of Rhône-style wines.

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D’Alfonso Curran Wines

Collectively, Bruno D’Alfonso and Kris Curran of D'Alfonso Curran have enjoyed nearly 50 years as winemakers.

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Daniel Gehrs Wines

With the conviction that life is too short for boring wines, Daniel Gehrs has been crafting interesting wines for more than 30 years.

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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.

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Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards

The name Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards clearly speaks to the philosophy that great wines grow in unique vineyards.

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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.

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Firestone Vineyard

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

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Grassini Family Vineyards

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

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Mckeon-Phillips Winery

Ardison Phillips, the proprietor and winemaker of McKeon-Phillips Winery, was aptly named. He is an internationally recognized artist whose paintings hang in major museums throughout the world.

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Palmina Winery

Palmina embraces wonderful lifestyle and attitude toward food, wine, friends, and family, where they share a strong conviction that wine should simply be an extension of the plate.

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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.

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Rideau Vineyard

A love for the Santa Ynez Valley, entertaining guests, and Creole cuisine first inspired Iris Rideau to establish her vineyard and winery in 1997.

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Roblar Winery & Vineyards

Nestled in an oak-studded 40-acre vineyard in beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, Roblar Winery & Vineyards, its 5,000-square-foot tasting room, and the cooking school were designed by world famous architect Bob Easton.

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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.

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Terravant Winery Restaurant

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.

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The Bench

In a pure celebration of terroir, technique, and variety, The Bench opened its doors in the quaint town of Los Olivos.

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Whitcraft Winery

Established in 1985, Whitcraft produces the highest quality wines.

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William James Cellars

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

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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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Featured Accommodations

The Alisal Guest Ranch

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort gives wine tourers enough outdoor activities to warrant a real vacation.

Santa Ynez Inn

The Santa Ynez Inn has been honored with the AAA 4-diamond award rating every year since opening.

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

Fess Parker Winery consistently creates wines of the highest quality. Led by a talented winemaking team that includes two former recipients of the André Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year Award—Eli Parker and Blair Fox—the wines are routine winners in all of the top tier wine competitions

Hotel Corque

Naturally warm and elegant, Hotel Corque personifies Santa Barbara wine country, making it an ideal retreat for anyone wishing to settle back in this special part of the world. 

Bacara Resort & Spa

Set on two miles of private, natural beach within minutes of the charming community of Santa Barbara, the four-star Bacara Resort & Spa provides its guests an unrivaled vacation destination.

Featured Businesses

We Olive Thousand Oaks

Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.

We Olive Ventura

Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.

Featured Destinations

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Top Stories

Wine Country Experiences: Santa Barbara County, CA

8/11/2016

Located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles along the Pacific coastline and inland across the Santa Ynez Mountain range and valley to the San Rafael Mountain range.

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Santa Ynez Valley's Breathtaking Country Roads

8/1/2016

The stunning Santa Ynez Valley is a road tripper's dream with barely traveled rural routes leading from town, to village, to winery.

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Santa Ynez: Editor's Foodie Tour, Part Two

1/5/2016

Widely acclaimed for its stunning wild west beauty and stellar wines, the Santa Ynez Valley continues to amaze us with its variety of truly outstanding eateries. 

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Exploring the AVAs of Santa Barbara County

6/15/2015

Widely known as a land blessed with sunshine and coastal breezes, Santa Barbara Wine Country is actually quite diverse, with a wide range of mircoclimates and soils.

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A Foodie Tour Through Beautiful Santa Ynez Valley

1/13/2015

Over the foothills just north of Santa Barbara lies Santa Ynez Valley, a wine country replete with natural beauty, distinctive wines, and— as I’ve recently discovered—many fabulous eateries.

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Cheers & Bon Appétit from Santa Barbara County

1/13/2015

Often reffered to as one of the most beautiful communities in the world, California's Santa Barbara County is noted for many things: excellent wines, innovative cuisines, Spanish-style architecture, lush foliage, a termperate climate, and spectacular beaches.http://www.touringandtasting.com/recipes/desserts/Rideau-bread-pudding/

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The Meritage Collection: A Four-Destination Tour of Life and Style

6/17/2014

Each of these distinctive properties provides a sublime setting, exceptional cuisine, and a plethora of activities (even wine tasting experiences!) right on its grounds, making it difficult for some guests to venture out. 

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Stunning Santa Barbara Wine Country

6/17/2014

This region has been planted to commercial grapevines since the 1960s and has transformed into one of the top wine destinations in California.

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Celebrating the Santa Ynez Valley

12/24/2013

Ten years ago, a small independent movie called Sideways was filmed in the Santa Ynez Valley and was released to rave reviews. As an added bonus, an unsuspecting star was born: the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country

12/24/2013

Santa Barbara wine country is a genuine gem with plenty to do and see. So slip out over the hill and get to know the land where the winegrapes grow.

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Santa Barbara County's Must Visit Tasting Rooms

6/11/2013

Discover Editor in Chief Wendy Van Diver's top 13 Santa Barbara County tasting rooms. 

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Sensational Santa Ynez Valley

6/10/2013

Just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles in the northern part of Santa Barbara County, there’s a sensational sunsoaked valley just waiting to be explored. The Santa Ynez Valley is as diverse as it is beautiful. Its undulating landscape is both wild and tame, promising adventure, serenity, and romance at every turn.

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Destination Races: Events With a Sense of Place

4/5/2013

Today, there are six annual Destination Races, introducing runners from all over the world to six unique North American wine countries.

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New Legends in Santa Barbara Wine Country

12/20/2012

In the history of California wine, Santa Barbara wine country is a new frontier. Meet nine of the region’s most talked about vintners, destined to make their own marks in Santa Barbara wine.

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Sweet Spots in Santa Barbara County

6/19/2012

Even the name “Santa Barbara” makes people smile. Soaked in sunshine and serenity, the beautiful little city is located on California’ s Central Coast just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, making it a great getaway for couples, friends, and families.

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3 Top Wine Country Destinations to Experience

12/13/2011

From the Eastern Seaboard to the heart of the Midwest to the Pacific West Coast, there are so many wonderful places to tour, taste, and stay. In this section we explore the wine regions of Asheville, North Carolina, Galena, Illinois, and Solvang, California.

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