Santa Barbara County is known as one of the most stunning wine regions in the world. It has a deep reputation for producing world-class pinot noir, chardonnay, and Syrah wines. You’ll also find deeply nuanced Bordeaux, Rhone-style wines and even Spanish and Italian varieties.
With the abundance of vineyards and wineries throughout Santa Barbara County, a wine tour is a “must” on your next visit to the American Riviera. When you stay at Hotel Santa Barbara, you’re not far from some of the best wine experiences, whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just enjoying a casual glass (or two) of wine.
Here are our favorite ways to sniff, sip and savor Santa Barbara wine country. Take your time – when you book your two-night stay with Hotel Santa Barbara, you’ll receive your third night free. We’ll cheers to that.
Santa Barbara Wine Trail
If you’re looking to check out as many wineries as possible without having to travel far to the vineyard, the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail makes it simple by following their map that helps you navigate over 30 wineries throughout Santa Barbara and its neighboring cities. Pick from neighborhoods including downtown or The Funk Zone. Taste your way through the locations and when you’ve had your fill, you’re just a short walk from your home away from home.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic private tasting at a vineyard or an adventurous hot air balloon ride over wine country, there’s a tour for just about anyone. Destination Vine works with guests to offer a customizable wine tour experience that allows you to tour up to three different wineries. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the production while you sip and savor the flavors that were curated right from the nearby vineyards.
Wine & Dine
If you’re a wine lover and a foodie this one’s for you. Taste the flavors that Santa Barbara is known for by taking the Funk Zone Food Tour. Stroll through the Funk Zone and lower State Street neighborhoods and treat yourself to bites and sips from eight local hot spots. From fresh baked goodies and seafood and Mexican dishes, you won’t leave hungry. Wash it down with craft brews, handcrafted spirits, and local wines.
Wine over the water
How does a nice glass of vino overlooking the Pacific Ocean sound? Not bad, right? You can do just that at Deep Sea Conway Family Wines. Just a short walk from Hotel Santa Barbara on Stearn’s Wharf the Deep Sea tasting room is the picture-perfect place for a glass of wine. Their selection is sourced from coastal vineyards and are crafted in a contemporary style that’s made for the modern wine drinker.
There’s really no better place for wine, food and relaxation than Santa Barbara and we’re right in the middle of it all. Around here, our glass is always half full, so book your next stay today!