Santa Barbara Wine Region

If you’re looking for your next wine adventure, Santa Barbara Wine Country might be the destination for you.

This gem caught the eye of wine lovers thanks to a little Hollywood magic from the movie “Sideways.” And snagging the title of Wine Enthusiast’s 2021 Wine Region of the Year sealed the deal.

1782: Father Junipero Serra brought Mission grape vine cuttings from Mexico. These were the first wine grapes to be planted in what’s now Santa Barbara’s Milpas District.

History of the Santa Barbara Wine Region

While the ocean influence makes Santa Barbara one of California’s coolest wine-growing regions, it’s still a Mediterranean climate. That means warm, dry summers and mild winters.

Santa Barbara Climate and Terroir

You'll find cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by the coast. And Rhône and Bordeaux varieties like Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in the warmer inland areas.

Santa Barbara Wines

If you’re into wines that are more on the light and elegant side, the coastal AVAs will be your go-to. Love something with a bit more oomph? The inland AVAs are best for bold, sun-loving grapes.

American Viticultural Areas of Santa Barbara

The county is also home to a number of picturesque small towns. Many of these are filled with wine tasting rooms that are just a stroll away from each other.

Santa Barbara Wine Country Towns

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