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Need to know where to go wine tasting in Santa Barbara? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve curated a list of some of the most unique and interesting bars, tasting rooms and wineries for our fellow winos to explore. Raise a glass to these must-visit wine destinations, grab a couple of your favorite amatuer connisours and pack your bags! There’s a lot to see on the California coastline, take a drive down the American Riviera for a truly West-coast wine tasting experience. One of the premier wine destinations in the United States, California is a must see. Santa Barbara county itself is a highly renowned wine region favored by many celebrities and home to quite a lot of pinot noir!
Our Guide of Where to go Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara
Boutique wineries featuring local grapes is a huge part of experiencing the wine culture that’s been cultivated in the Santa Barbara area for decades. A vibrant arts scene inspired by centuries old Spanish influence is a wonderful backdrop to a wine lover’s paradise. Central on the Golden Coast, you could spin this into one truly unforgettable wine vacation complete with world class dining, beaches and wineries! Bask in the sun and sip like the locals with our Santa Barbara wine tasting guide, and don’t forget to bring your favorite sunhat and shades!
Bridlewood Estates Winery
- Central Californian Wines
- Guided Tastings
- Splendorous Location
Championing the central California winegrower and their yield is Bridlewood Estates speciality. Set in a gorgeous Spanish mission style winery, this purveyor of fine Californian grown wine and memorable times is an essential stop on your itinerary. Come for the gorgeous architecture and setting, and stay for the expertly crafted wines brought to you by a trained and knowledgeable staff. Ready to serve up some of the region’s greatest, a sommelier will guide your tasting sessions for an enriching wine tasting experience. Rustic, historic and wine tasting like you’ve never seen it before, Bridlewood Estates Winery is sure to please.
- Painting Classes
- Showcasing Local Wines on-Site
- Events Throughout Santa Barbara County
Nestled in central California is the Santa Ynez Valley, a part of Santa Barbara county it is a lush and diverse wine growing region and home to many of the vineyards that serve the Santa Barbara wine scene. A unique experience unlike any others I’ve covered for wine travels is the Gypsey Studio. While it isn’t a physical wine bar, lounge, or tasting room this travelling troupe is definitely one you’re going to want to book into your schedule! Found throughout the vineyards and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley, Gypsey Studio will put your painting skills to the test in the scenic Caliornian wine country, not to mention provide tastings of local wines as well! Fear not, their professional artists will turn you into a real master in no time. Check your schedule to see where they’ll be next, as this is one wine tasting you’re not going to want to pass up!
Related: Did you know you can enjoy wine in a specially made sippy cup?
- Lively Patio
- Lots of Live Events
This dog-friendly urban wine tasting room is just want you need to kick off your stay in sunny Santa Barbara. That’s right, you can enjoy a locally produced glass of wine with you, your friend and your fur baby! Daily events, a laid-back atmosphere and great selection make Wine Therapy an easy choice for our guide. Featuring locally produced wines and some seriously crazy cocktails and wine drinks, this is not a place you’re going to want to miss. Froze Friday? Live music, trivia night and a whole lot more are waiting eager visitors down at this trendy wine bar. Their frozen rose, or Froze as they call it, is a sensationally delicious concoction that puts a twist on one of your favorite blends! Pull up a stool, or kick back on their patio and enjoy the variety of live events and unique drinks.
Corks and Crows
- Wine & Beer Flights
- Great for the Beer Lover
- Cheese Plates & Cool Decor
It’s a lot more than just a quirky name! Corks and Crows is a craft wine and beer haven for those craving a really different kind of tasting experience. Off the beaten path, and usually regionally or in many cases locally exclusive, these craft made brews and wines are a great chance to expand your horizons! At Corks and Crows it’s easier than ever to tuck into your next favorite, hard to find specialty drink with their wide selection of wine and beer flights. An eclectic and warm atmosphere beckons Santa Barbara newbies for a great night out. We’re all about scouring around for the most instagram-worthy, memorable watering holes in town and Corks and Crows is certainly no exception. For locals they’ve even got a wine and beer club that is definitely worth a gander. Tell them we sent ya!
- Pro Wine Classes
- Vegan Bites!
- Huge Wine List, (Even Bottles To-Go!)
This one’s for the foodies! Part wine bar, part restaurant this all-Californian joint is a great vegan alternative. Satellite welcomes Santa Barbara visitors and locals with their fresh seasonal array of vegan cuisine coupled with a great wine bar! Ciders, beer and wine debut on their all inclusive bar menu that’s great for parties with different tastes. Wine bottles (which can also be bought at a To-Go rate if you’re bringing them back to the hotel room!) are plentiful, whether you’re looking for a sweet Rose, or a new white wine to get down with. Satellite brings that fresh, right off the vine feel with all of their eats and beverages available. Their smiling staff are pleased to help make your next tasting experience memorable and carefree. They host their own professional wine classes and monthly club for locals. Plan your trip right and you can drop in for a really different type of experience.
Other Places to Visit
Of course, you can find wine tasting adventures all over the states. Check out some of our other posts on where to visit next!
- Where to Go Wine Tasting in New York City
- Where to Go Wine Tasting in NJ
- Wine Tasting in Paso Robles
- A Visit to Biltmore Winery: A Must Visit Destination
Santa Barbara is California’s best kept secret! The Golden Coast has a lot to offer, shimmering beaches, tons of entertainment and restaurants await visitors. Wine lovers will take note of Santa Barbara’s relationship with one of California’s largest wine growing regions. Let us know, did you get a chance to try a flight or a bite from any of these wine bars? Are there any other wine tasting rooms you’d recommend? Let us know!