Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Wineries of Santa Barbara County: Breathtaking Scenery and Spectacular Wine

Santa BarbaraCounty 035We have only one regret from our recent winery tour of Santa Barbara County – it was over way too soon! The cool wine country towns, leisurely country drives and friendly, knowledgeable tasting room staff made it a trip to remember. And the wine was as spectacular as the splashing Pacific coast.

One hundred and nine wineries and vineyards were listed in our Santa Barbara winery booklet. We barely scratched the surface, visiting 11. The 11 we visited though, were certainly memorable.

There are plenty of nice towns, like Los Santa BarbaraCounty 079Olivos, Solvang or Santa Barbara, to serve as base camp for your visit to SBC. The wineries are top tier affairs, but without the crowds and, dare I say, attitude of Napa.

Below are links to the 11 wineries we visited. We know we’ll be back again soon to visit. I also want to share an indispensible resource, the website of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association. You’ll be able to scope out all the wineries in advance plus get the latest on wine country events, lodging and eats.

Santa Barbara County, we miss you already!

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