There are enough Santa Barbara wineries to fill at least 4 days of wine tasting without ever leaving the coast.
An afternoon of wine tasting is one of the best things to do in California!
Follow this plan to visit 16 wineries in 4 days:
Day 1 - A walking tour of 4 wineries in the Funk Zone.
Day 2 - Another walking wine tour begins in the Funk Zone and ends on Stearns Wharf.
On Day 3, you'll take a scenic drive to Summerland Winery, then back to Santa Barbara for three more wine tasting rooms.
Day 4 is for scheduled wine tasting. Call these wineries to schedule your tastings or to confirm tasting hours.
The Funk Zone is a trendy warehouse district that runs between Highway 101 and the railroad tracks, from State Street to Garden Street. You'll be tasting near this area for two days.
A good place to park your car is near the intersection of Yanonali and Anacapa Streets. From here, plenty of wineries are within easy walking distance.
Around the corner in the same building is Reds, a local wine bar. It's not really a wine tasting room, so don't get distracted. You'll want to save your palate for the next two wineries.
Today will also be a walking wine tour in the Funk Zone. Begin tasting at Cottonwood Canyon winery, 224 Anacapa Street. Afterward, walk 2 blocks toward the ocean to your next wine discovery.
At 28 Anacapa Street, you'll find two wine tasting rooms. Kunin Wines faces Anacapa Street. Walk down the driveway between the buildings to find Municipal Winemakers.
Finish your second day of tasting wine at the Conway Family Wine tasting room on Stearns Wharf. You will love the view of Santa Barbara from the wharf!
Begin today's tour in Summerland, a small coastal community 5 miles east of Santa Barbara. Because it's so out-of-the-way, I was prepared to report that it wasn't worth the trip. But, that's NOT the case. It's definitely worth the trip. The drive itself is beautiful!
Take Highway 101 South and exit at Summerland. Turn right on Lillie Avenue. Summerland Winery Boutique is in a big gray building on the left. If you're lucky, you'll find a place to park behind the winery.
TIP: Summerland Beach is beautiful. If you're a beach-lover, do not miss your chance to see this one.
When you return to Santa Barbara take the Laguna Exit. Turn right on Haley then right on Salsipuedes. Carr Winery will be on your left at 414 N. Salsipuedes Street.
Finish your day tasting at two Santa Barbara wineries: Margerum Wine Company and Au Bon Climat. Since you're right there, have dinner at the Wine Cask Alliance.
There are four Santa Barbara wineries which have seasonal tasting hours or tasting by appointment only. So, it's best to call in advance to visit these wineries:
I hope this has made it easy for you to plan a fun day (or four!) of wine tasting at Santa Barbara wineries. Next, join me as I venture north to visit some Santa Ynez wineries.
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