Santa Barbara County Wine Country

Map of Santa Barbara County, CA

Discover what generations of Hollywood celebrities have already known: a trip to Santa Barbara County revives the senses and soothes the soul. With a vast coastline that gives way to rugged backcountry, the charming hamlets scattered through the region offer astonishing dining opportunities, a chance to interact with nature, and of course, relaxation.

Fly Into

SBA Santa Barbara Airport 
(Santa Barbara, CA)

Drive

15mins To Santa Barbara, California
Where is

Santa Barbara County

TOP TIPS FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

  1. Set aside an afternoon for a hike in the Santa Ynez Mountains—Inspiration Point is a favorite.

  2. Go whale watching! There are 30 different types of whales and dolphins that inhabit the Santa Barbara Channel during various migratory seasons.

  3. Rent a bike and take a ride along the coastline for some fast-paced exploration.

When to Go

With great weather year-round, and a never-ending roster of activities, there’s really no bad time to visit Santa Barbara County. Pick a time, and let this region do the rest.
Weather
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APPELLATIONS (AVAs)

Primary
  • Santa Maria Valley AVA
  • Santa Ynez Valley AVA
  • Sta. Rita Hills AVA
  • Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA
  • Ballard Canyon AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. Sanguis Winery Serious winemaking technique go into each bottle of the Rhone-style wines produced at this charming winery.
    8 Ashley Ave, Santa Barbara CA
  2. C'est Cheese Stop by for a few goodies to go, but stick around for a brunch the locals adore.
    825 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara CA
  3. Arroyo Burro Beach County Park Referred to locally as Hendry Beach, this dog-friendly stretch of sand is a low-traffic getaway.
    Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA
  4. Captain Jack's Tours This agency can fulfill most preferences, whether it be wine tasting, paragliding, kayaking, or horseback riding in the surf.
    , Santa Barbara CA
  5. Santa Barbara Shopping The main thoroughfare in downtown Santa Barbara, State Street offers a multitude of opportunities for shopping, dining, and exploring.
    500 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara CA

lodging

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Hadsten House Inn & Spa

With clean rooms, an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, and complimentary breakfast, you’ll enjoy your stay at this comfortable, mid-range hotel.

Resort & Spa
Bacara Resort & Spa

Take a quiet getaway and retreat to the beautiful Bacara Resort. Soak up spectacular views, enjoy top-notch service, and relax in first-class accommodations.

Restaurants

Italian
Trattoria Grappolo

Cozy, romantic Italian restaurant with fresh, authentic cuisine and a great local wine list.

SEAFOOD
Beachside Bar-Cafe

Bright and airy restaurant near Goleta State Park with patio seating, ocean views, and a lively happy hour.

Things To Do

Family Friendly
Santa Barbara Zoo

Close to other Santa Barbara attractions, the Zoo is small, with its habitats are built for the comfort of the animals featuring little hide-a-ways, toys, and natural looking environments with plants. It has gorgeous scenery with lush landscapes.

Attractions
Mission Santa Barbara

This well-preserved Catholic church is surrounded by a beautiful park and grounds. Parking at this landmark and walking around is free, and there is a small fee to enter and take the tour.

Wineries

Winery
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

Sunstone is a beautifully tranquil retreat where you can enjoy a glass of wine in our lavender and rosemary-filled courtyard or in our stone barrel-aging caves.

Winery
Carr Vineyards & Winery

Relax with a handcrafted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc,or any of the other handcrafted wines and enjoy a game of shuffleboard or checkers. Art shows, concerts, release parties, and more are also held at this small and welcoming winery.

Did you Know?

The only attack on the U.S. mainland during World War II took place 10 miles offshore, when a Japanese submarine fired on Elwood Oil Field.

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