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Wine Country

Solvang & the Santa Ynez Wine Country

Discover the story of Santa Barbara county Santa Ynez Valley local wines, from grape to glass in Solvang and Buellton, Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.

Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Ballard Canyon AVA, Sta.Rita Hills AVA, Happy Canyon AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA make up the Santa Barbara north county wine country and is known especially for its outstanding chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah, but also produces superior riesling, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, viognier and many other varietals in more than 120 vineyards. The majority are small operations run by individuals or families. 
 
Solvang vineyardsHarvest in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country is a revered time, when both visitors and residents piece together the story of our local wines, from grape to glass. September, as part of California Wine Month, events and promotions can be found in the towns of Buellton, Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang. In Santa Barbara County distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), also known as wine appellations--together comprising more than 21,000 acres of vineyards producing more than a million cases of wine annually. The region's east-west orientation of the coastal mountains form valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of fog and sea breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals resulting in world-class wines.

Area wineries welcome visitors year-round either at the winery or in tasting rooms located throughout the valley. It is easy and fun to do self-directed wine tours or enjoy guided tours in jeeps, vans, limousines or private sedans provided by local companies.

For maps and complete information on current vintners, events, winemaker dinners and festivals: 


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The Oscar award winning film SIDEWAYS was filmed almost entirely on-location throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Request a FREE Visitor Guide or view our online Solvang Visitor Guide. Santa Barbara County Wine Country, California, in the Santa Ynez Valley. 

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