Vineyard View
Spring at Foley Estate

Santa Barbara County is different than any other winegrowing region in California. Here, the east-west orientation of the coastal mountains forms valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines.

The 50 miles stretching from Point Conception to Rincon constitutes the longest east-west traverse of shoreline from Alaska to Cape Horn. Here, the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains form a unique coastal range – the inland ebb and flow of fog and ocean breezes make the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. This means that the fruit has an unusually long “hang time” on the vine, allowing it to fully develop the acids, flavors and tannins needed to produce wines of distinctive character.

The region has many microclimates, with climates influenced by proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Cool and moderate temperatures toward the west changes to warm daytimes and cold nights to the east. There are four official appellations: Happy Canyon of Santa BarbaraSanta Maria ValleySanta Ynez Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills. Within the broad Santa Barbara County designation are several other micro-regions – these include the Los Alamos Valley region, Ballard Canyon, the Los Olivos District and the Santa Maria Bench. Slightly less than half of the grapes grown in Santa Barbara County are used by local vintners, with the balance exported to wineries outside the area.

Area 5.1 Winery
Excerpt:

In a location far, far away (and totally classified), great wines are being unearthed.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Red Blend, Red Rhône Blend, White Blend
Hours: Mon - Thu 12pm - 7pm (maybe later), Fri - Sun 12pm - 8pm (probably 9)
Phone: 805-770-7251
Address: 137 Anacapa St.Unit B.
City: Santa Barbara
Au Bon Climat
Excerpt:

Au Bon Climat sources fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, White Blend
Hours: Daily Noon - 6pm
Tasting Fee: $10/pp
Phone: 805-845-8435
Address: 813 Anacapa Street
City: Santa Barbara
AVA Santa Barbara
Excerpt:

Born out of a desire to showcase Santa Barbara County's incredibly diverse viticultural areas, AVA Santa Barbara tries to communicate to visitors - with soil samples, Elkpen's amazing mural and, of course tastes of wine - the region's topography, soils and microclimates.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Hours: Daily Noon - 7pm
Phone: 805-453-6768
Address: 116 East Yanonali Street
City: Santa Barbara
Babcock Winery Tasting Room
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 12p-6p | Friday - Saturday 12p-7p {or until the fun ends} | Sunday 11a-6p
Phone: 805-736-1455
Address: Santa Barbara Wine Collective
131 Anacapa Street, Suite C
City: Santa Barbara
Brick Barn Wine Estate
Excerpt:

At Brick Barn Estate we grow wines that we enjoy and grapes that inspire us. For more than 50 years, we have overseen and worked this land. Today, we fulfill its destiny as a premium wine estate at the westernmost frontier of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Albariño, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Vermentino, Viognier
Hours: Sun - Thu 11am - 5pm, Fri - Sat 11am - 6pm
Tasting Fee: $35 - $75/pp
Phone: 805-686-1208
Address: 795 W. Hwy 246
City: Buellton
Ca’del Grevino
Excerpt:

Tasting room on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling, Dolcetto
Hours: Sun - Wed Noon - 7pm, Thu - Sat Noon - 8pm
Phone: 805-456-2700
Address: 131 Anacapa Street
Suite C
City: Santa Barbara
Carr Winery
Excerpt:

Visit the 1940’s Quonset Hut in downtown Santa Barbara and enjoy the ambiance of a working winery while sipping on delicious wines at the beautiful barrel top bar.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Late Harvest Viognier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Rosé, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah
Features: Gift Shop
Hours: Mon - Sat 11am - 9pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
Tasting Fee: $15/p (includes glass)
Phone: 805-965-7985
Address: 414 N. Salsipuedes Street
City: Santa Barbara
Casa Dumetz Wines
Excerpt:

Casa Dumetz-Malibu started in 2004 with a patch of raw earth, a bucket of grapevines and plenty of sweat from family and friends who joined together to make a dream come true.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Syrah Rosé, Viognier, Sparkling Wine
Hours: Thu Noon - 7pm, Fri - Sat 11am -7pm, Sun 11am - 6pm, Mon - Wed by appointment
Phone: 805-344-1900
Address: Babi's Tasting Room
448 Bell Street, Ste. B
City: Los Alamos
Cebada Vineyard & Winery
Excerpt:

All of our Estate Wines are grown on a southern slope just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and enjoys the cool, coastal weather which preserves the natural acids in the wine without accumulating high sugar contents.

Read More →
Wines/Liquors Produced: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Hours: Mon - Thu Noon - 6pm, Fri-Sat Noon - 8pm, Sun Noon - 5pm
Tasting Fee: $15 - $20/pp
Phone: 805-451-2570
Address: 8 E. De La Guerra Street
City: Santa Barbara
Cottonwood Canyon Tasting Room
Wines/Liquors Produced: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Blend, Riesling, Syrah
Phone: 805-963-1221
Address: 224 Anacapa St., Suite 1A
City: Santa Barbara

Leave a Reply