Santa Barbara Wine Country


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Joe Becerra

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Santa Barbara wine country
Ballard Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara wine country

Santa Barbara Wine Country – Best Wineries

The Santa Barbara wine country is where wine lovers discover a versatile wine-growing area. Because of the movie Sideways, the area is most famous for Pinot Noir. Those Pinot Noir vines are close to the Pacific Ocean. Inland, the land is more conducive to Rhone varieties, both red and white wines. Los Olivos is at the center of Santa Barbara wine county, about 45 minutes from the city of Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Wine Trails

In Santa Barbara wine country, four wine trails leading to the best wineries in this spectacular wine region.

Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

The Foxen Canyon wine trail is a magical getaway. There are so many excellent wineries along this route. See which of these wineries best fits your wine preferences. It is a lovely area to spend an entire day. See Wine Trial Details

Santa Ynez Wine Trail

This wine trail offers a mix of exciting wineries. Visit Sunstone, Gainey, Kalyra, Rusack, and Rideau. Picnic at Rusack or Sunstone. The Syrah wines are fantastic. See Wine Trail Details

Santa Rita Hills Wine Trail

Santa rita hills wine trail

The Santa Rita Hills wine trail is close to the Pacific Ocean. That means cooling temperatures and the breezes for Pinot Noir and other cool-climate grapes. We even have some Italian wines on this wine trail. Wine Trail Details

Tasting Room in Los Olivos & Solvang

Los Olivos and Solvang have some fantastic tasting rooms. Both Los Olivos and Solvang are great towns to visit. Solvang is Danish Village with windmills galore. Los Olivos is all about good food and wine. Wine Trail Details

Santa Barbara Resources


Advice for your Santa Barbara Wine Tour:

You are encouraged to have a designated driver | Consider a limousine or van service

First time to a winery? Find out what happens in a typical tasting room.

Are you wondering about how to taste wine? Wine Tasting Techniques

Pace yourself and make a day of wine tasting.


There are many other Santa Barbara wineries on our wine tour; if you see one that strikes your fancy, drop in and tell us what you think.

Plan for a picnic lunch at one of the wineries.

Plan a group trip to the Santa Barbara Wine Country.

For a great way to visit the Santa Barbara wine regions by bike or van, check the following link. Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Should you join one of those wine clubs?

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  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.

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