The best kept wineries of Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara has it all, great food, great shopping, great culture and great wineries. If you are looking to escape the commercialism of Napa, Santa Barbara is the way to go. I think Santa Barbara is the most unique wine region in California because of the beaches, eateries and resorts.
Santa Barbara is a friendly pedestrian community with miles of beautiful mountains, rolling valleys, incredible architecture and miles of exotic beaches.
The 3 top wineries are Kalyra Winery, Santa Barbara Winery and Oreana Winery.
Santa Barbara Winery is located in Santa Barbara at 202 Ancapa street. Started in 1962 by Pierre Lafond, the winery helped spark the wine industry of the Santa Ynez Valley and was the first since prohibition.
Only $5 bucks for wine tasting. 6 different wines and you get to keep the glass for only $5! Amazing value, great atmosphere and friendly staff! Notably exceptional wines and the Riesling is incredible! After a great day of wine tasting, plan on stopping by this winery and stroll out onto the beach since the beach is within walking distance to the winery.
For those not used to it, or those for whom this may be your first tasting, this was overall a great experience,very enjoyable and drinkable wine. We will certainly be back to visit Santa Barbara Winery
Second is Kalyra winery, it is located at 212 State Street in Santa Barbara. It is their second location with their main winery in the Santa Ynez valley. Kalyra has a cool, fun, adventurous wine experience and is just two blocks from the beach. The winery has an Australian vibe which is because the winemaker is from Australia and has been making wine in Australia and California for over 20 years. The winery also has free movie nights periodically.
We tasted 3 whites, 3 reds, and 2 dessert wines for a wine tasting fee of $10. If you are into the sweeter variety, their specialty is dessert wines and this spot is incredible.
Overall, I will gladly return in the near future, I had a fantastic wine experience here. If you were into the movie, “Sideways” (2004), It was here at Kalyra! Try to spot where Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) meet Stephanie (Sandra Oh) at the bar.
Last but not least and located at 205 Anacapa street is is Oreana Winery. With creative wines such as “bacon wine”, this winery is a must try. When visiting Oreana, they were very generous with their tasting. This winery did not skimp on the tastings. A definite plus especially when it’s great wine. This winery was redeveloped from an old gas station and using its bones, transformed it into an incredible winery tasting room.
Visit these three wineries when visiting Santa Barbara.