Our laid-back beach town is designed for serendipitous occasions - trying out a new restaurant, spontaneous wine tasting or catching the perfect sunset... whatever it is, the less planning the better. But if you're visiting California and only have a day to spend in Santa Barbara, it's best to know where to go and why. This list will give you a taste of Santa Barbara and hopefully encourage you to come again and stay longer!
1. Presqu’ile Winery
Presqu’ile is the latest must-taste tasting room, serving up crazy amazing Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. South African winemaker Dieter Cronje is setting a new standard for Santa Ynez Valley wines. Their tasting room is conveniently located next door to Sides Restaurant and they offer a lunch & tasting deal where you can order and eat right there in the tasting room. Deluxe!
Presqu’ile Winery is located in the Santa Maria Valley on California’s Central Coast. Created by two transverse mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast, Santa Maria Valley provides a unique west-to-east flow of cool marine breezes ideal for producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
2369 Alamo Pintado Ave.
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm.
Drop in tastings – $10-$20 per flight, complimentary for wine club members.
Presqu’ile will be closed for the holidays November 21-23 and December 24-January 2.
2. Demetria Estate
Going to Demetria feels like visiting family. Warm welcomes, incredible service and outstanding scenery in a secluded location that is unmatched in Santa Barbara. Pack a lunch and hang out for the afternoon, you won’t regret it.
Established in 2005, Demetria Estate is a family owned winery. Our goal is to produce wines of distinction and character rivaling those of the world’s greatest wineries.
Demetria Estate produces two separate portfolios of wines including, Burgundian varietals and Rhone-style blends that capture the singularity of the vineyards and the region from which they originated.
The Burgundian offerings comprise of varietally honest manifestations of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, farmed sustainably in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County.
6701 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Vistitation and tasting by appointment only.
3. Evan’s Ranch
Possibly the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah line-up you’ll ever have. Evan’s Ranch is the boutique offshoot of Gainey and focuses strictly on these three main varietals, and they do them well. In the very same building they offer olive oil tastings, so you can experience all the land has to offer with one stop shopping!
2901 Grand Ave
Santa Ynez Valley, CA 93441
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