Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

California’s Premier Wine Festival Returns on May 2, 2020

Buellton, CA – Every year the best winemakers and top chefs from Santa Barbara County gather together to celebrate local wine during the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Weekend.  The highlight of the weekend is the 38th Annual Festival Grand Tasting on May 2, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Early Entry tickets begin at 12:00 p.m.) at the beautiful Rancho Sisquoc Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. Enjoy new release wines from over 70 participating member wineries, tastings from more than 30 food purveyors—including regional restaurants, caterers, food artisans and farmers—live music, wine and culinary demonstrations, local artisans, a silent auction and free parking all included in the ticket price.  Tickets range from $25 for Designated Driver/Under 21 to $75 for General Admission and $100 for Early Entry.  A limited number of local tickets are available online at a discounted price of $60 and sell out fast.  Add a Vintners Visa to your order for a special package price of $115 for General Admission packages and $140 for Early Entry Admission Packages.  For those attendees without a designated driver, bus transportation tickets are available from Santa Maria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc and Santa Barbara at-cost for $30 each.  All Grand Tasting tickets are available on-site the day of the event and online at  Attendees are encouraged to buy early as several ticket options sell out in advance every year.

“The Grand Tasting is always a highlight of our year,” says CEO of Santa Barbara Vintners, Alison Laslett.  “Rancho Sisquoc Winery is the quintessential location for this event and the perfect place to host so many beloved wineries.  Attendees can bid on incredible wines including large format bottles during our silent auction again this year.  All proceeds go to the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation.  Another Festival favorite is the Bank of Marin Bubble Lounge featuring sparkling wines from a dozen local producers.”  

The Grand Tasting isn’t the only way to sample delicious Santa Barbara County wines during the Festival Weekend.  The Vintners Visa Wine Country Tasting Pass offers unique and complimentary wine tasting at your choice of twelve participating tasting rooms from Thursday, April 30 through Monday, May 4, 2020.  With over 40 wineries and tasting rooms participating in this program, the Vintners Visa is an affordable way to immerse yourself in an unforgettable Santa Barbara wine experience. 

Santa Barbara Festival Grand Tasting attendees staying in select local Santa Maria hotels from April 30 through May 4, 2020 receive a Santa Maria Valley Vintners Passport upon check in with complimentary wine tastings; a $50 value.  Book a stay in the Santa Maria Valley at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn & Suites, Santa Maria Inn, Best Western Plus, Radisson Hotel, Hampton Inn to redeem this offer.

All tickets including the Vintners Visa, Festival Grand Tasting and ticket packages are available on  For more information about the Santa Barbara Festival Weekend including local winery events, visit

About Santa Barbara Vintners

Santa Barbara Vintners (Santa Barbara County Vintners Association) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class, authentic wine producing and wine grape growing region. The Association includes winery members whose annual production is at least 75% Santa Barbara County (or sub-AVA) labeled, winery associates, vineyards, vineyard management companies, hospitality, and industry associate members. The Association produces festivals and wine country weekends; educational seminars and tastings; provides information to consumers, trade, and media; and advocates for the Santa Barbara County wine and grape industry.