Established in 1962 it is the oldest winery in Santa Barbara County and was the first since prohibition which ended in the early 1930s. There were no vineyards, the closest over 100 miles away in San Luis Obispo County to the north. Today, there are more than 20,000 acres of grapes in the County and over 100 wineries.
Santa Barbara Winery’s grapes come from the Lafond Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills of the Santa Ynez Valley and from neighboring vineyards. The winery produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah varieties that have excelled in the micro climate of the western end of the valley which is strongly influenced by the cool breezes from the Pacific, the foggy mornings and the warm days. You can even schedule a private tasting in the barrel room, hosted by a senior staff member. You’ll taste five Santa Barbara Winery wines and one Lafond vineyard designated wine, along with a special cheese plate from Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro. Available everyday from 11-4, limited to 6 people per party and reservations are required with 24 hours notice, please.