PLANNING A TRIPWe're just two hours from Los Angeles and five hours from the San Francisco Bay area, easily found off Highway 101. If you're from outside the area, plan to spend a leisurely weekend! You can find a wide range of lodging and dining information from our local visitors bureaus.
If at all possible, bring a designated driver along. Our valley also has a number of qualified and friendly limo and touring companies who can take care of the driving for you.
Each winery generally pours 4-5 tastes; each taste is about an ounce of wine, which can quickly add up. By law, we cannot pour wine for anyone who is intoxicated, so do as we do - swirl, sniff, sip and spit. It doesn't hurt our feelings at all if you take full advantage of dump buckets at the tasting bars.
There are no restaurants on winery properties within Santa Barbara County, however, our valley has a number of great places to purchase a picnic lunch. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks to enjoy at the beautiful winery picnic areas. Most wineries offer wine by the glass or the bottle, so you can relax over a leisurely meal - the most perfect way to enjoy Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country.
Our member wineries are all located within about a six mile area, but these are country roads, so plan for about 3-4 winery visits each day. Hours vary, but generally wineries are open daily from late morning through late afternoon. For a complete listing of hours, see our hours & location page.
Most of all, enjoy the peace and serenity of wine country. Take it easy, take it slow and plan to come back vintage after vintage. Cheers!