Santa Ynez Wine Tastings and Tours for Your Next Central Coast Getaway

California’s Central Coast is home to a wine region unlike any other, and Santa Barbara County alone is a hub of cool-climate and Rhône wine varietals from seven different American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), or wine-growing regions. The best part? Wine lovers can experience all the region has to offer from one convenient home base. During your next Central Coast getaway, explore the region’s AVAs for less when you stay in Santa Maria Valley.


Discover Santa Ynez Wine Country

Santa Ynez wine country, located about 40 minutes south of Santa Maria Valley, boasts the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County. The region is home to the Santa Ynez Valley AVA and four sub-AVAs, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Happy Canyon AVA, Ballard Canyon AVA, and Los Olivos District AVA.

For wine lovers, Santa Ynez wine tasting means access to nearly 300 winery tasting rooms. The Santa Ynez wine country is uniquely shaped, allowing for the production of cool-climate wines like Chardonnay near the coast, Cabernet and Merlot to the west, as well as Bordeaux Rhône and Italian grape varietals further inland. Each sub-AVA in the region has a different geography and produces different varietals. Browse all Santa Ynez Valley wineries to find the one perfect for you.

Santa Ynez Wine Tours

Those looking to take their Santa Ynez wine tasting experience to the next level can take a guided tour. Experience the best of the region while learning more about Central Coast wine country from a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. There are a wide variety of Santa Ynez wine tours available, and many companies allow guests to tailor their tours exactly to their liking! You and yours can go wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley in a limo, private sedan, or even on bikes. Browse more Santa Ynez Wine Tours.

One of the premier Santa Ynez wine tour companies is Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours located in the city of Santa Ynez. Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours has been in business for more than 15 years and offers a variety of tours each day, with accommodations for groups of all sizes and preferences. The company works with more than 30 wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Maria Valley to ensure guests can taste exactly where they want to.

Make Santa Maria Valley Your Home Base

Santa Barbara County offers many wine tasting and touring options across its seven wine-growing regions, and all of these are just a short drive from Santa Maria Valley. When it’s time to book your next trip to Central Coast wine country, plan to rest your head in Santa Maria Valley. Visit our website for lodging options, and other things to see, do and explore while you’re here.


In Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore it all with our 24 hiking trails, 34 tasting rooms, seven unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture far if you are looking for sand dunes, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.