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


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…


Babcock Winery & Vineyards

For over 30 years Bryan Babcock has been perfecting his craft at his family owned winery and vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. Over the years, his passion for fundamentals has led to a winemaking approach that can be described as classical and…


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…



Sunstone Winery

Sunstone Vineyards, Winery and Villa is an organic vineyard retreat, located just 35-minutes north of Santa Barbara, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy Sunstone wines in our Provençal French courtyards, stone barrel-aging caves or…


Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

Let us take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Ynez wine country, home to some of the best California vintners. All of our tours are a great opportunity to sample and learn about the region’s wines. Santa Ynez Wine…



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