Santa Ynez Wineries


An accident of geography -- a coast and mountains that run east to west rather than north to south, unique in the Americas -- provides the key to successful viticulture in the Santa Ynez Valley. The mountains trap Pacific fog and breezes to produce perfect conditions for growing grapes. Plan to spend at least a few hours driving through this lovely country and tasting some of the wines it produces. Bring your lunch, or stop at Los Olivos Cafe (2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos CA), where you can buy deli items or a pre-packed picnic basket to enjoy at one of the picnic areas that all of the wineries provide. The Sunstone Vineyards and Winery also offer tasting and wines for sale daily from 10 to 4. An estate featuring eight individual vineyards, Firestone Vineyard is noted for its Rieslings, Chardonnays, and Merlots. The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard, Brander Vineyard, and Gainey Vineyard are among the 80-plus winemakers you might want to visit in the valley. The wineries are located off of Hwy. 154, northwest of Santa Barbara. Call or visit the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association in Santa Ynez, 805-688-0881, for information and wine touring maps/brochures.


P.O. Box 1558
Santa Ynez, CA 93460


34.58709700, -120.09962500
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(805) 688-0881

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