Wine Country

Solvang & the Santa Ynez Valley Wines

Santa Barbara county local wines, grape to glass in Solvang and Buellton, Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.

Wine Tasting and Touring

Wine tasting and touring is a memorable and definitely not-to-be-missed experience in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. Planted, nurtured and harvested with exceptional care, local grapes are crafted into award-winning wines that are sipped and savored world-wide. Most of the 120+ wineries in the vicinity are small boutique operations family-owned and -operated. Stroll through vibrant vineyards or visit tastings rooms in town to sip, swirl and savor the flavors. In downtown Solvang, more than 20 tasting rooms and wine bars are just steps apart making for convenient palate pleasing options. The Oscar-winning 2004 movie Sideways shot on location here helped plant Solvang and surrounding areas firmly on the wine scene. Wine tasting events abound during the year so be sure to visit for complete details.

The saying that “it takes a lot of beer to make great wine” is true around these parts. Solvang Brewing Company is located in a completely restored windmill, has tastings in view of the barrels, a bar/restaurant and nightly entertainment. Valley Brewers in Solvang supports burgeoning home brewers with supplies and classes. Enjoy beer tasting flights at tasting rooms including Wandering Dog and The Good Life as well. 

Wine AVA

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. 


Harvest 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.

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Getting Sideways

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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