Wineries

Santa Barbara wineries are intimate spaces where you can watch the process unfold as you sip. You can sample an array of locally grown varietals and chances are good that you’ll end up meeting a winemaker or two along the way. In downtown Santa Barbara, there are bunches of wineries from which to choose. Not to mention, there’s plenty of history here, too. Founded in 1962, Santa Barbara Winery was the area’s first winery since Prohibition, and it remains a hotbed of activity today. But you’ll find plenty of others as well, from recognizable labels to passionate upstarts. Within the city, working wineries reveal that the art of making wine here is a very personal pursuit. There are plenty of limited edition releases and vintner-selected bottles that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

In the vineyards just on the other side of the mountain range, located in the famous Santa Ynez Valley, wineries takes on different forms.  Some are inconspicuous — like those tucked away inside the industrial buildings of the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Others create the quintessential wine country experience with large open spaces that house stacks of wine  barrels, weaving bottling lines and views of vines that stretch as far as the eye can see. There isn’t any singular specialty here either. Whether you love whites or reds, popular varietals or obscure ones, the wineries in Santa Barbara and the surrounding region offer plenty to love. The adventure of discovery is part of the pleasure of the experience. Pick a few you’ve never tried before and see what you find. Along the way you’ll meet wine lovers, wine makers and create lasting memories of your time here. If you find lots of new wines you love, you can always ship bottles back home if there isn’t enough room in your luggage for all your new favorites!

Wineries in Santa Barbara


Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Certified sustainable winery focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines from a single vineyard on the bank of the ancient Sisquoc River, known as the Santa Maria Bench. Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when the first grapes…


Zaca Mesa Winery

Rooted in history, inspired by innovation. Established in 1973, Zaca Mesa is a family-owned and operated winery with a long-standing history in Santa Barbara County. As the first vineyard to plant Syrah in the area in 1978, Zaca Mesa has since…


Sanford Winery & Tasting Room

Take a step back in time and experience the place where the Sta. Rita Hills growing region was born. Nestled among the vines, Sanford Winery offers a selection of elevated tasting experiences of wines sourced from our historic estate. Experience an…


Santa Barbara Winery

Founded in 1962, Santa Barbara Winery is Santa Barbara's first commercial winery since the prohibition era. Today, the winery and tasting room are in the heart of Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. While Santa…


Au Bon Climat

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on…


Santa Barbara Vintners

Santa Barbara Wine Country offers world class wine tasting experiences throughout Santa Barbara County,  Experience the cool vibe of the tasting rooms in Santa Barbara along the Urban Wine Trail and in the Funk Zone. Head into the…



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