Santa Barbara Wine

Santa Barbara Wine Country

Santa Barbara wine country offers the wine-curious traveler an authentic experience all its own.

Diversity is what defines the authentic vibe of the Santa Barbara wine experience. Amidst a buzzing downtown scene, the urban wine scene is electric, with dozens of tasting rooms and working wineries peppering the city. An easy 45-minute drive over the hill, though, reveals rolling vineyards as far as the eye can see, and a quintessential wine country experience marked by world-class wine, cuisine and hospitality.

However, much of the magic that makes Santa Barbara a world-class winemaking region is Mother Nature’s handiwork. The Santa Ynez Mountains that anchor this area, and the fertile valleys that they create, represent the only traverse along the entire Pacific Coast — from Alaska all the way down to Chile — that runs east-west. The weather conditions that this creates, driven by a steady influence of ocean air and marked by distinct weather swings from morning until night, translate into prime grape-growing conditions. The 30-mile drive from the western stretches of Lompoc to the eastern pockets of Los Olivos paints the picture: the air temperature will often climb one degree for every mile you travel.

These very special weather conditions, combined with an unbeatable variety of soils, have defined Santa Barbara wine country in exciting ways. For one, diversity is the calling card here. Unlike other regions that are known for the handful of grapes they grow well, all varieties thrive in Santa Barbara County: Burgundian grapes like pinot noir and chardonnay in the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley; Rhone grapes like syrah and grenache in Ballard Canyon; and Bordeaux heavyweights like cabernet sauvignon and merlot in Happy Canyon. Toss in projects that feature Italian and Spanish varieties, late harvest wines and a surging focus on bubbly, and the options are limitless.

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Wine in Santa Barbara


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Sustainable Wine Tours

Sustainable Wine Tours provides exclusive  access to ultra-small production, private wineries and vineyard estates not open to the general public for a more high-end tasting experience beyond the crowded commercial…


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Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

We’ll take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Ynez wine country, home to several very popular California vintners. This tour is a great opportunity to sample and learn about the region’s wines. Your group will…


Carr Winery

Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara.  Owner & Winemaker, Ryan Carr established the winery in 1999.  All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara…


Sanford Winery & Tasting Room

We invite you to join us at our two locations! Experience our premium offerings in our La Arcada tasting room, located in downtown Santa Barbara, or drive up the coast and visit our iconic winery and vineyard in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills.…


Totally Cali Tours of Santa Barbara

Totally Cali Tours delivers an authentic and in-depth Santa Barbara experience! Choose from History, Wine & Beer Tasting or Cultural tours of downtown Santa Barbara as well as our prestigious Wine Country. We also specialize…


Gainey Vineyard

We invite you to experience the magic of the Gainey Vineyard for yourself and absorb the refreshing shade of the live oaks, 360-degree vineyard views, and the tranquil beauty of our natural setting. Surrounded by 100-acres of rolling hills,…


Sanguis

Wines that are singular, compelling and beautiful rely on great vineyards and proper farming in union with a healthy dose of confidence, determination and style. Like great food, they can not exist without superior 'raw materials', the land…


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