Frequently-Asked Questions

Santa Ynez Valley Wine CountryThe wineries in Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association welcome you any day or time of year. Most are open daily,  but check each individual winery's page for information on holiday closures. The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association also sponsors annual events, including passport events, that feature all member wineries.

Check out our map.

How do the Summer/Winter passes work?

Our tasting passes allow you to take a self-guided tour of our Association wineries located throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. Your seasonal passes are valid for one wine tasting flight at each of our 15 tasting rooms. You choose which days you’d like to taste, there are no blackout dates, and reservations are not required.

For example, with the Summer Pass, you may wish to visit 3 wineries on May 15, return on June 4 and enjoy two more tastings. Perhaps you’ll treat yourself to a summer weekend in July and visit a couple of tasting rooms each day. You get the idea, taste whenever you’d like! Your pass will expire when all 15 tastings have been used, or on August 31, 2014 — whichever occurs first.

Can the Pass be used any day of the week?

Yes. Most of our tasting rooms are open 7 days a week, but a few have more restricted hours. Additionally, holiday hours and closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's will vary among the wineries. Please check the hours of operation for each member's tasting room, listed here. Operating hours are also listed on your Pass.

Santa Ynez Valley Wine CountryAre the Passes replaceable should I lose mine?

Unfortunately, we can not replace any lost Passes. Please keep them in a safe place.

I'd like to give a Pass as a gift. Can you include a gift card and send it to a different address?

Yes. When you check out through PayPal, you'll find a place to send us a note. Include your gift message and the recipient's address.

Can you recommend a limo or taxi service for the passport events?

We can suggest a few services.  Click here for recommendations.Additionally, there is bus service in the valley that services Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Buellton.

What about food?

Food is not provided at the wineries, although some do offer snacks or sweets for sale. We strongly recommend you make plans to enjoy lunch at one of our valley restaurants, or bring or purchase a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the wineries. Check out our Association map for wineries with picnic facilities.

Santa Ynez Valley Wine CountryWhen visiting the tasting rooms, can I bring my dogs?

Wineries with picnic areas may allow you to bring a well-behaved dog, but please check with each winery for their individual policy. Please keep your dog on a leash and clean up after it.

What's the weather like?

The weather here in Santa Ynez Valley is seasonal.  Winter and Spring may bring rainy days, but generally we have sunny skies most of the year.  Summer and Autumn tend to have warm days, and we always enjoy a large drop in temperature from day to night.  It's one of the traits that make our grapes grow so well here.  Dress in layers so that you can enjoy the variations in temperature from the eastern to western parts of our valley and from warm days to cool nights. In other words, bring sunscreen and a sweater or jacket!  Click here for the weather forecast.

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