And let us tell you–they’re not wrong. We’re a California wine country all our own and we’ve got a lot to offer.
Excerpt: When it comes to top-notch California wine, Napa and Sonoma have earned widespread acclaim for their world-class wineries and restaurants, but they’re far from the only Golden State valleys worth visiting for gastronomes.
In the western reaches of Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley stands as one of Central California’s most underrated food and wine destinations, equipped with a wealth of charming open-air dining venues and sun-baked vineyards to enjoy — and as an added bonus, this sprawling region is no stranger to gorgeous landscapes.
While it hasn’t yet reached the heights of nearby Napa and Sonoma, Santa Maria Valley is well on its way to becoming one of the Central Coast’s top destinations for a relaxing getaway. From flavorful local cuisine to ultra-idyllic vineyards, the region is a treasure trove. Here’s how to experience the very best of the valley.