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Wine Lover's Guide to Santa Barbara

By Viator, April 2018

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Known as the American Riviera for its coast, mountains, and pinot noir, Santa Barbara is chock full of family-run wineries and world-class wines, with tasting rooms dotting the landscape downtown and across Santa Barbara County. From choosing a favorite varietal to discovering new winemakers, here’s how to enjoy Santa Barbara wine country.  
 
Must-Try Varietals
Popularized by the movie Sideways, which follows a wine lover around the Central Coast, pinot noir is the varietal of choice for most wine-tasting visitors to the Santa Barbara area. Modern versions of this elite wine are juicier while classic pinot noir is leaner on the palate, and you’ll find both at wineries around the region. Cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay are California musts—these two varietals practically built the modern industry. Grenache thrives in the chalky soil of the Santa Rita Hills and is developing a well-deserved reputation for its soft berry flavors. Up and coming varietals, such as viognier and syrah, are fun to try and express the full range of the offerings from the region’s soil and winemakers. Try them all for a complete Santa Barbara wine experience.
 
Must-Do Experiences
  • Explore downtown Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood on a walking tour that includes food and drink samples at local eateries, wineries, and maybe even a brewery or distillery.
  • Enjoy Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley wines,, a picnic lunch, and round-trip transportation on a guided Santa Barbara wine-tasting tour.
  • Head out on a Santa Barbara Harbor kayak tour to explore the area’s pristine coastal waters and spot local and visiting marine life.
  • For a special experience, opt for a Santa Ynez Valley wine tour that includes premium tastings, a 3-course picnic lunch, and estate winery visits.

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Santa Barbara Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch, Santa Barbara, null
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Santa Barbara Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Enjoy a unique wine country experience with knowledgeable guides and a friendly atmosphere. Your personal guide will pickup you up at your hotel or other ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Cycle through the vineyards and quaint towns of the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara's world class wine growing region.  Your single-day tour is fully ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a fun filled day on our Santa Barbara Wine Country tour. Join the small group as we explore wines from small production and family owned wineries. We ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Small-Group All-Inclusive Wine Tour from Solvang, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Small-Group All-Inclusive Wine Tour from Solvang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Red Carpet Service 1 up to 15 People 4 hours   Starts at 10:30 AM All Tasting Fees Included Picnic ...  Read more

Location: Solvang, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Santa Barbara Wine Lovers Tour, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Santa Barbara Wine Lovers Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

On this 5 to 7.5 hour tour(depending on pick up location), your guides will pick you up from your accommodations and whisk you away for a fun-filled, carefree ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.44
Santa Barbara Self-Guided Anacapa Wine Walk, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Santa Barbara Self-Guided Anacapa Wine Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Experience Santa Barbara's wine culture and tasting rooms located in the Funk Zone neighborhood through this self-guided tour using your mobile device. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.99
Self-Guided Santa Barbara Funk Zone Uncorked Wine Trail, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Self-Guided Santa Barbara Funk Zone Uncorked Wine Trail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience Santa Barbara's wine culture and tasting rooms located in the Funk Zone neighborhood through this self-guided tour using your mobile device. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $53.99
Santa Ynez Valley All-Inclusive Wine Tour, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Santa Ynez Valley All-Inclusive Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Come experience an unforgettable wine tasting tour, which lasts 5 to 6 hours. Travel the breath-taking country back roads in comfort and style. From Solvang ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From USD $149.00
Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour, Santa Barbara, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Grab your walking shoes and come on a food tour of downtown Santa Barbara. This 3.5-hour tour includes a fun mix of six tantalizing tastings, conversations ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Self-Guided Solvang Windmill Wine Walk, Santa Barbara, Food Tours
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Self-Guided Solvang Windmill Wine Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience Solvang's wine culture through this self-guided tour using your smartphone or mobile device. Meander through the charming, flower-lined streets of ...  Read more

Location: Solvang, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $46.00

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