Santa Barbara Wine Region: California's Hidden Gem

The Santa Barbara wine region sits in California's Central Coast.  This stunning region was named 2021 Wine Region of the Year. AVAs: 7 Wineries: 275+ Grape Varieties: 70+

The first vines were planted in Santa Barbara County in 1782. The 1960s started rapid growth and today there are more than 275 wineries.


The transverse mountain ranges funnel cool air from the pacific ocean. This makes Santa Barbara one of California's coolest regions.

Climate & Terroir

The region's cooler climate makes it ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You'll also find Rhône and Bordeaux varieties in warmer areas.

Top Wines

Santa Maria Valley was recognized as the region's first AVA in 1981. Since then, six more have been added. The most recent is Alisos Canyon.


Beyond the many winery estates you can visit, there are also a number of charming towns filled with wine tasting rooms.

Wine Towns

Santa Barbara Wine Towns

Los Olivos Solvang Santa Ynez Los Alamos Buellton Lompoc Santa Maria Santa Barbara

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