If you’re planning to pay a visit to Santa Barbara, you’re probably wondering which wineries you should see. After all, there are around 200 in Santa Barbara County so you should prioritise as you aren’t going to be able to see all of them. Even on numerous, multiple visits, you’d struggle to make your way around that many. So let’s try and give you a hand by recommending the best 10 wineries to visit.
We decided to establish a list that offers something for all kinds of wine lovers. Hopefully, you can refer to this list as a starting point as you conduct further research of your own. You may even want to start by choosing a select few from the list and then go from there. Of course, some people will choose to disagree with our choices so bear in mind that this isn’t an indisputable list.
Saarloos and Sons
This tasting room should be on any list of the best wineries in Santa Barbara, due to its stunning design. When you enter the winery, it’s easy to get the feeling that your neighbour has invited you over to hang out. Of course, that would be even truer should your neighbourhood have amazing wine and super-cool homes. There are two large tasting bars, a fireplace, and even a bakery from where you can buy cupcakes. There’s also a front patio to help you enjoy the sun during your tasting. There’s a wide range of wines to taste, although they don’t come cheap. They start at around $20 and go up to more than $300. If you had your eye set on an entire barrel, it would set you back $10,000. Make sure to ask for a sample of their port wine during your visit.
This entry typifies what many people might think of when conjuring up images of a wine tasting. The large and aesthetically pleasing estate is situated the Sant Ynez valley, just a short drive away from Los Olivos centre.The grounds are pretty much perfect. From when you first make your way through the front gate and proceed through the entry, you’ll see just what an amazing experience this will be. The winery is located on a hill with a wide lawn in front of it. The tasting room is packed on a weekend but there’s always plenty of staff around and you can expect first-rate service, even with large crowds.
The spot is perfect for a picnic so ensure to bring something to eat, buy some wine, and take in the ground’s pleasant surroundings. There are tasting-room only wines available. They emphasise Santa Barbara County appellations. Included are some first-rate Syrahs, Pinot Noirs, and Rhone Blends from local vineyards. They aren’t at all the same as the Bridlewood wines you may have purchased from your local supermarket. Do yourself a favour and ensure that your wine carrier has enough space to take a few bottles home.