The city of Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera,” hugs the beautiful Pacific coastline and has many wineries and tasting rooms within walking distance of a beach. You won’t find any vineyards in this downtown scene but will be able to explore a unique range of tasting rooms. The “Funk Zone” is an area between Highway 101 and the beach, which has recently seen an upsurge of wine tasting rooms, as well as restaurants and breweries. You’ll find another area called the “Wine Collection of El Paseo” as you move towards downtown Santa Barbara, which is in the historic and picturesque El Paseo building. There is an ideal juxtaposition of eclectic and elegant restaurants, entertainment venues, and world-class shopping to round out your wine tasting experience. It is a great to location to start or end your wine tasting tour through Santa Barbara County.