Explore Santa Ynez Wine Country for Your Next Central Coast Getaway

California’s Central Coast is home to a wine region unlike any other, where Santa Ynez wine country alone boasts the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County. The best part? Wine lovers can experience all the region has to offer from one convenient home base. During your next Santa Ynez wine tasting trip, explore its AVAs for less when you stay in Santa Maria Valley.


Discover Santa Ynez Wine Country

Santa Ynez wine country is located about 40 minutes south of Santa Maria Valley.  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. Each sub-AVA in the region has a different geography and produces different varietals.

Because of its unique shape, Santa Ynez wine country produces cool-climate wines like Chardonnay near the coast, Cabernet and Merlot to the west, and Bordeaux Rhône and Italian grape varietals further inland. Santa Ynez wine tasting hosts nearly 300 wineries and tasting rooms throughout each of these varietals, making it the perfect place for all wine lovers. Santa Ynez wine tasting features both large estate vineyards and boutique wineries spread out over 300,000 acres. 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 Santa Ynez wine 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 wine country 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 Santa Ynez wine country and Santa Maria Valley to ensure guests can taste exactly where they want to.

Make Santa Maria Valley Your Home Base

Santa Ynez wine country offers many wine tasting and touring options across its wine-growing regions, and all of these are just a short drive from Santa Maria Valley. For those wanting to spread their wine-tasting wings and experience more of the Central Coast, we’ve got your back. After your day filled with Santa Ynez wine tasting, plan to rest your head in Santa Maria Valley. Here, you can adventure in the outdoors, swirl and sip at more wineries, and chow down on some delicious Santa Maria Style barbecue. Plan your trip today!


In Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore it all with our 24 hiking trails, 35 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.