Wine Country

santa ynez valley vineyards

My wife and I are definitely wine lovers, and we know we’re not the only people who feel this way. As if the city of Santa Barbara is not beautiful enough, it also comes with its own wine country up in the area’s gorgeous mountains and valleys, close enough to visit on a day trip.

Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, Grenache, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, syrah and viognier—all these delicious varietals are grown and produced in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. And there are plenty of ways to try before you buy, with nine different wine tasting routes and over 120 wineries to visit. If you don’t have the time to drive up the San Marcos Pass or the 101, or can’t find a designated driver to go with you, many of the wineries have tasting rooms in downtown Santa Barbara. These can be found on the Urban Wine Trail, and is a wonderful way to spend the day.

One of the wineries on the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara.

One of the wineries on the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara.

Even if you’re a really choosy wine drinker (like me), you’ll be able to find several bottles that you already know, and definitely some new favorites. Make sure you make space for wine in your Santa Barbara home!