This will be the 11th year that runners have been traveling to the Santa Ynez Valley for what has become a spectacular weekend. The scenic half marathon course is worth the trip alone but the scheduled events before and after the race are not to be missed. Learn more about all the exclusive events offered by Destination Races and our local partners. Sign up for these events during registration, or add them to your registration at a later time under Race Extras.
Early Packet Pick-Up @ Santa Barbara Running Company
May 11 @ 12:19 am – 1:19 am
Thursday | May 11, 2017

Early Packet Pickup @ Santa Barbara Running Company

The Early Packet Pickup service is provided for those runners living or staying in or near Santa Barbara that prefer to receive their packets early and not drive to the expo location. Participants receive a discount on purchases at Santa Barbara Running Co. Sign up for this service in conjunction with registration, or after registration, by using the link below. Your packet will be available for pickup at the Expo and on race day if you cannot attend for any reason.
Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Location: 110 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Race Expo @ Solvang Park
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Expo includes:

  • Pick up race packet; personalized bib, timing chip, and race shirt*
  • Exhibitor booths
  • Shop for Official race apparel and accessories
  • Learn about the course and developing your race day strategy at the Race Orientation Seminar
  • Attend other inspiring, seminars and wine pairings
*Runners Photo ID is required to pick up your race bib and shirt. You may designate another person to pick up your race packet but a copy of YOUR photo ID will be required.


  • “An Insider’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon”
Presented by Race Director Matt Dockstader at 2pm. A must for first-time participants to this race. Learn about the nuances of the course, the best way to prepare for race morning, and how to enjoy the post-race Wine and Music Festival to it’s fullest.
Welcome Reception @ Kalyra Winery
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Welcome Reception @ Kalyra Winery

Join us for a spectacular evening to kick off race weekend! Enjoy culinary offerings and signature varietals of the surrounding wine region at the beautiful Kalyra Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mix and mingle with Destination Races’ Race Director, Matt Dockstader, and fellow runners including Elite Runners and other VIPs during this festive evening!
Price: $50
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location:Kalyra Winery343 N Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez CA, 93460
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Race Start @ Santa Ynez
May 13 @ 7:00 am
Wine & Music Festival @ Solvang Park
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Once you cross the finish line, the celebration gets underway with the Post Race Wine and Music Festival! There will be over 15 wineries and local breweries pouring, along with live music, set in the center of Solvang. This event is open to guests so bring your friends and family to celebrate with you.

A commemorative Wine Glass and wristband are required to enter the Wine Tasting Area of the Post Race Festival in Solvang Park. All registered runners 21+ may purchase 1 discounted wine glass ($25) plus 1 additional glass ($35) for a guest. All Wine & Music Festival attendees must be 21+. Space is limited and Wine Glasses sell out every year, please plan ahead and purchase early.

Wine Tasting Fee: $25 (runners) $35 (guests)

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  A stub on your race bib will indicate how many wine glasses you have purchased (so please do not alter your race bib). Once you cross the finish line go to the wine glass tent to pick up your wristband and wine glass. If you purchased a glass for guests they must accompany you to receive their wine glass. Be prepared to show ID for proof of age, if asked.

Below is a list of the Must Visit Wineries in the Santa Barbara County who poured at the 2015 Post Race Wine and Music Festival in Solvang Park. Redeem a special tasting coaster at a winery booth at the festival, fill out your information and present the coaster at a participating winery for a special offer! We encourage you to visit these wineries and let them know you ran the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. Remember, wine makes for a fabulous souvenir and a delicious memory of your weekend in Santa Barbara County!

2016 Wineries:

Alma Rosa 181-C Industrial Way Buellton, Ca 93427 805-688-9090 Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards was founded in 2005 by Sta. Rita Hills pioneer winegrowers Thekla and Richard Sanford. The Spanish name was chosen as a tribute to the place and the people behind the wines, alma meaning soul and rosa referring to the original California Rancho Santa Rosa land grant, the location of our Rancho El Jabalí Vineyard. Ultimately, our wines represent the soul and are a reflection of the place. Please visit our new tasting room in Buellton at 181-C Industrial Way.805-688-9090 1500 Alamo Pintado Road Solvang, CA 93463 805.688.3032 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. Read Touring & Tasting’s Featured Article
CWTypeTopREVERSE_whtGrapes(1) 476 First Street Solvang, CA 805.693.4331 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. 3630 Sagunto Street Santa Ynez, CA 93460 805. 688.2200 Fontes & Phillips wines is a boutique, family owned wine project. Owner and renowned winemaker, Alan Phillips works together with wife, Rochelle Fontes-Phillips, to create a portfolio of small-lot wines from world-class Santa Barbara County vineyards. 813 Anacapa Street, #6 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805.897.3366   At Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, our extended family’s passion for beauty, the commitment to hard work and a special place all come together to make the wine in bottles bearing our family’s label something special… and it is our hope that you will enjoy the poetry of the wine and its sense of place and tradition with your friends and family. Articondo would have been proud. Read Touring & Tasting’s Featured Article 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 805.693.8864 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. 28 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805.963.9633 Seth Kunin started Kunin Wines in 1998, focusing on Syrah, Zinfandel and Viognier. Over the years he added additional Rhone and Loire Valley varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc and, more importantly, his wife and business partner Magan and their daughter Phoebe. Kunin continues to be a family concern, and is governed more by the passions and personalities of the Kunins than those of the critics or marketplace.
LionsPeakLOGO 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 805.691.9774   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 805.688.1717 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. 92 Second St – Unit D, Buelton, CA 93427 805.691.9413 Standing Sun Wines focus on Rhone variety wines, handcrafted in small lots from some of Santa Ynez Valley’s premiere vineyards. The fruit is sourced as vineyard specific varieties, each with its own characteristics and diversity. The resulting wines are pure, unmanipulated wines in the true sense of wine making… take a great vineyard, pick great fruit, and simply make great juice.
Whitcraft Winey 36 S Calle Cesar Chavez Santa Barbara, CA 93103 805.730.1680 A long-standing member of the Santa Barbara winemaking community, Whitcraft Winery is obsessed with producing the highest quality wines. While their signature varietals are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah, they also produce a variety of other unique, hand-crafted varietals. 6905 Foxen Canyon Road Los Olivos, CA 93441 (805) 688-9339 ext. 308   We hand craft our wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in our Santa Barbara County vineyard. Since 1973, we have farmed and nurtured our vineyard to produce wines that are true to the unique spirit of our land.