Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours selects some of most unique wineries in the region. Each venue provides an experience that sets it apart from the next, whether it is it’s beautiful outdoor space, knowledgeable pourer, or award-winning varietal. We work with a variety of vintners, all with bottles to please each palate.
We love going to Brander because it feels like you are stepping into a mini-castle. The Brander Vineyard was established in 1975, making it the oldest family operated estate winery in Santa Barbara County. Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, varieties for which Fred Brander served as a pioneer in planting, flourish in this area.
We often visit The Brander Vineyard on our wine and bike tours, but it is also available upon request.
Vincent Vineyards is known for their wonderful indoor and outdoor seating, friendly service and incredible wine. When you sit outside you are at eye level with the vines and feel completely immersed in the wine-tasting experience. Vincent was established in 2005 and the owner has a multitude of worldly experiences and connections on the walls of the winery. It feels as though you are walking through a museum with a glass of wine in your hand!
Sunstone is an absolute gem in wine country. A boutique winery named after the estate’s exposed sun-dappled shale and stones, visitors find themselves wanting to return again and again. The winery architecture recalls rustic homes and barns in the Provencal countryside complete with stone barrel-aging caves built into the hillside. Winemaker Bion Rice is dedicated to producing world-class Bordeaux and Rhone style wines.
Andrew Murray Vineyards
If you ask locals their favorite red in the valley, be prepared to hear Andrew Murray as a common response. A beautiful tasting room, complemented by lovely outdoor seating (and even games and activities for kids) make Andrew Murray a delightful stop in your tasting experience. Delicious chocolates and cheese plates are available to pair with your tasting.
This is what wine country is all about. The drive to Rusack takes you through rows and rows of wine grapes, grazing farm animals, rolling hills and more. They also have a vineyard on Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands off of Santa Barbara’s coast. Many of their staff members have been pouring at Rusack for over 10 years and provide a truly memorable experience for guests. The outside deck overlooks a beautiful valley view.
Fess Parker’s large winery and beautiful spaces make it a great destination for your group of family or friends. Their beautiful western-style lodge and surrounding grounds make it the perfect location to stroll around and enjoy your favorite glass.
Additional Wineries we love visiting: Folded Hills and Petros Winery.
*A few of our favorite tasting rooms include: Dragonette Cellars, Epiphany Cellars, and Sarloos & Sons.
Please let us know if you have a winery you’d like to visit on our tour. If it is not on our list please note that it will most likely incur an increased service fee. For example: Brave & Maiden is an additional $20/person and Sunstone is an additional $13/person. Custom winery options are only available on customized, private tours. A $25 service fee will be added to the tour price if you request a non-partner winery, limit 1 per tour. Contact our office for questions.