About the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley boasts beautiful rolling hills silhouetted by orchards, vineyards, and even lush lavender farms. Unlike many of Northern California’s wine valleys, the mountain ranges in the Santa Ynez Valley actually run east to west. The Santa Ynez Valley’s transverse orientation and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean allow cool currents from the west to penetrate the hillsides.

Warm, hazy days, crisp nights, and soils rich in nutrients and diverse in chemistry create ideal growing conditions for some of the region’s most celebrated varietals, including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

2017 Winery Partners

1500 Alamo Pintado Road
Solvang, CA 93463

The practice of sustainability is nothing new at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard. It began in 1968 when owner Betty Williams purchased the beautiful property, named after the buttonwood tree, a sycamore native to Santa Barbara County.

From the onset, Betty initiated many projects involving cultivation of the land, including Buttonwood’s vineyard, peach orchard, row crops, and tasting room gardens.

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476 First Street
Solvang, CA

Carivintas started the winery with three things in mind: to do something they enjoy and love; make a decent living; and give back to the community. You’ll notice the art on their labels is of animals and various wildlife scenes. These are all paintings of rescued animals and treasured or endangered environs. Carivintas Winery is affiliated with non-profit groups such as Best Friends Animal Society, Return to Freedom, and many other animal shelters and support groups around the country. A portion of their profits are donated to these groups every year.
1607 Mission Drive Suite 112
Solvang, CA

At Casa Cassara Winery and Vineyard we keep striving to bring to market a world class Pinot Noir. The Vineyard is located in the heart of the Sta Rita Hills Appellation; standing at the highest point of the Vineyard you see many of the major grape producing areas of this appellation. Construction of the winery building began in 2000; we were very excited about the prospect of producing a truly estate grown, vitnified and bottled wine brandishing the Casa Cassara name.

2890 Grand Ave.
Los Olivos, CA. 93441
(805) 688-4069

Kaena has been serving up the Aloha in the Santa Ynez Valley for the last three years in the beautiful quaint town of Los Olivos. We recently moved our location to the center of town at the flag pole. While its been called “one of the hottest new tasting rooms in the Valley” the vibe is still welcoming, chill, relaxed. We designed the space paying homage to some of our favorite places in Waikiki – bringing Island décor with a modern twist to the Central Coast. We feel so proud of our staff we consider them our O’hana, which means “Family” in the Hawaiian language. Our O’hana is knowledgeable, compassionate and just down right fun to cruz with! Come in and enjoy the best Grenache around! We hope you visit us soon.
343 N. Refugio Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Take an Australian-born winemaker, give him twenty years making wine in California and Australia… then add some of the best grapes from two continents and what do you get? An outstanding portfolio of wines from Santa Barbara County, California, Australia, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy. All created with pride, imagination and flair. Welcome to the world of Kalyra Wines.
1659 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
805.693.LION (5466)

The art and passion of fine winemaking requires exceptional grapes that have been nurtured and allowed to reach optimum maturity in the vineyard. We welcome you to taste our award-winning wines and discover their uniqueness. From the beginning of Lions Peak our family has made wines with great passion to share with our close friends. We continue with the spirit of sharing our premium wines with you.
1607 Mission Drive, Suite 102 in Solvang, CA

Lucky Dogg Winery’s Solvang wine tasting room opened its doors mid-summer 2014, and has since been welcoming guests with the label’s first five, estate vineyard wines in bottle – the Lucky Dogg 2013 Viognier, 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2013 Pinot Noir, 2013 Syrah and 2013 Reserve Syrah – all derived from grapes grown in Cat Canyon’s “Verna’s Vineyard”, in California’s Santa Barbara Wine Country.
1636 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463

Produced from grapes grown throughout California’s wine country, Sort This Out Cellars explore varietals and appellations that are representative of California’s diversity to craft wines with quality and value.

Resources for Visitors

Several organizations in the region have great resources for helping you plan your visit to the Santa Ynez Valley. Thumb through the organizations listed below for recreational activity ideas, restaurant suggestions, winery maps, and more.

Dotted with modern shopping paseos, world-class restaurants, and sweeping, sandy beaches, Santa Barbara is one of the most revered vacation spots along the California coastline. Whether a day of kayaking catches your eye or the hiking trails to the east call your name, the town is simply swimming with recreational possibilities. And for wine lovers, the idyllic town is the start of a love affair that stretches inland across the four distinct wine growing regions that make up Santa Barbara wine country.

For more information, visit www.santabarbaraca.com/visitor-info/.
The Santa Ynez Valley lies just 35 miles from the beaches of Santa Barbara, 125 miles north of Los Angeles, and about 300 miles south of San Francisco, making it an easily accessible weekend getaway. For miles, rolling vineyards intertwine with sweeping ranches filled with grazing horses. Charming period-style towns are nestled in the valley, and each has its own rich history and dreamy shops and restaurants to explore. Along with navigating the region’s biking, hiking, and horse-riding trails, there’s plenty of local history to unearth at nearby museums, including the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House.

For more information, visit www.visitsyv.com.
Soaked in sunshine, the Santa Ynez Valley plays host to more than 120 wineries set against the peaceful backdrop of twisted grape vines snaking through the valley. Winery members of the Santa Ynez Wine Country Association are all located within about a six mile area connected by winding country roads. Make your visit to this acclaimed wine region easier with this printable map of the 12 wineries represented by the SYWCA.

For more information, visit www.santaynezwinecountry.com
The Danish town of Solvang, known for its historic downtown strewn with whimsical shops and a one-of-a-kind windmill, is home to one of California’s most interesting wine regions. Though surrounded by the breathtaking Santa Ynez Valley, you don’t even have to leave the quaint village to enjoy a relaxing weekend. Skip the driving and opt for a horse-drawn trolley ride through the town or visit one of the 18 tasting rooms located within walking distance in downtown Solvang.

For more information, visit www.solvangusa.com.
A quintessential small town in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos is known for its vibrant art and wine scenes. The shops, restaurants, and art galleries of downtown Los Olivos are surrounded by aromatic orchards, vineyards, and lavender farms on all sides – the perfect recipe for a relaxing wine country weekend!

For more information, visit www.losolivosca.com.
Fertile farmland envelopes the small town of Buellton, located at the intersection of Highway 101 and CA State Route 246. Some of the regions’ best Pinots and Chardonnays are produced in and around Buellton, due in big part to the crisp ocean breezes that come from the west to cool the grapes at night.

For more information, visit www.visitbuellton.com.