Santa Barbara and its surrounding area is a paradise for wine enthusiasts. While you can find some of the most unique wines in the country in this area, it is really the diversity of the winery experience here that makes it such a great place to explore wine through taste, sight, and smell. You can find trendy wineries and tasting rooms within the hustle and bustle of the city, or you can take to the countryside and enjoy rolling hills speckled with vineyards and wineries. What makes the area so special is the Santa Ynez Mountains and the valleys that they create. It is the only region along the West Coast that creates a valley running from east to west, which creates the best conditions for making wine that you will find anywhere. Here are some of the best wineries that you should put on your list to visit during your next trip to Santa Barbara.
The Foxen Vineyard is located in the beautiful town of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley, just northwest of Santa Barbara. Besides the immense natural beauty of the town, the wonderful wines of the Foxen Vineyard are the toast of the town. Across two tasting rooms, visitors from all over the world can enjoy some of the most unique and celebrated wines in the state. The different tasting rooms feature different types of wine, so you are able to cater your experience to your tastes.
This is an amazing option for wine tastings right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Every step of the winemaking process for the wines here is done by hand, giving each bottle a very unique and distinct flavor, which is a delight to the more seasoned wine tasters out there. The tedious nature of wine production here results in a very small yearly yield, so a tasting here is truly a special experience.
This wonderful vineyard and winery is also situated among the rolling hills of Los Olivos. While the wine is amazing, what sets this place apart is the incredible beauty of the property. Upon visiting, you will find that these amazing wines taste that much better when enjoyed at the sunny courtyard overlooking some of the most exquisite countryside that you will find throughout all of California.
With over 100 wineries in the area, Santa Barbara is a paradise for those who love wine. This list does not even begin to scratch the surface of all the wine tasting wonders that await you in Santa Barbara. Regardless of where you choose to have your wine tasting adventure, you can be sure that it will be one to remember.