With great wineries, Santa Barbara has it all not including the great culture, great food and great shopping. Santa Barbara is the way to go if you are looking to escape the commercialism of Napa. I think Santa Barbara is the most unique wine region in California because of the resorts, eateries and beaches.
Santa Barbara is a pedestrian-friendly community with incredible architecture, beautiful mountains, rolling valleys and miles of exotic beaches.
The 3 top wineries are Santa Barbara Winery, Kalyra Winery and Oreana Winery.
Santa Barbara Winery is located at: 202 Ancapa St in Santa Barbara. Started in 1962 by Pierre Lafond, the winery was the first since prohibition and helped spark the wine industry of the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Barbara Winery produces the following wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Pinot Noir among others.
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.
Overall this was a great experience, very enjoyable, and drinkable wine, even for those not used to it, or those for whom this may be your first tasting. We will certainly be back to visit Santa Barbara Winery.
Secondly, located 212 State Street is Kalyra winery. Their main winery is in the Santa Ynez valley and this is their second location. Just two blocks from the beach, Kalyra has a cool, fun, adventurous wine experience. The winemaker is from Australia and has been making wine in Australia and California for over 20 years which gives the winery an Australian vibe. The winery also has free movie nights periodically.
For wine tasting the fee is $10, we tasted 3 whites, 3 reds, and 2 dessert wines. Their specialty is dessert wines, so if you are into the sweeter variety, this spot is incredible.
Overall, I must say that I had a fantastic wine experience here, and will gladly return in the near future. If you were into the movie, "Sideways" (2004), try to spot where Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) meet Stephanie (Sandra Oh) at the bar. It was here at Kalyra!
Oreana Winery is last but not least. Oreana Winery is located at 205 Anacapa street. Redeveloped from an old gas station and building off of its bones, this winery was transformed into an incredible winery tasting room. Oreana was very generous with their tasting. This winery did not skimp on the tastings. A definite plus especially when it's great wine. This winery is a must try with creative wines such as "bacon wine".
These are 3 wineries that you need to visit, when visiting Santa Barbara,
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