Wine tasting near Santa Barbara

Use Santa Barbara Cottages as your home base to explore world class wineries.

Only 30 miles away, you can taste some of the best wine in in the world in Santa Ynez Valley.  Plan a great day trip of wine tasting, have a gourmet picnic, view ostrich farms, miniature horses, and visit quaint small towns.

Horses and cattle were once the main cash crops in Santa Ynez Valley, a legacy of the Spanish rancho days.  But when visionary winemakers saw the potential of this rich land and perfect climate, a sea change occurred resulting in over 70 wineries.  You can still see thoroughbred horses running in green pastures as well as some of the best organic produce anywhere.  But these days, wine vines flourish from the valley floor to mountainside plots 1,500 feet above.  Tasting rooms and restaurants can be found in the towns of Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Olivos, Ballard, Buellton and Los Alamos.  Come taste the spectacular wine and enjoy this gorgeous part of the planet!

Thumbnail photo taken at Sunstone Winery during a recent visit.

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