Mingle With the Makers

April 03, 2018

Have you heard it through the grapevine? The 36th annual Santa Barbara Wine Country Vintners Festival is here.

On Saturday, April 21st from 1-4 p.m. in the bucolic River Park in Lompoc, Calif, guests will have every reason to swirl ‘til they spill in one of the top wine regions in the country. At the festival’s Grand Tasting, wine enthusiasts will be able to taste wines from more than 100 wineries, meet winemakers and winery owners, savor gourmet food from 30 regional restaurants and chefs, hear live music, drink sparkling wine in the Bubble Lounge, sample organic foods from the best local farmers and foragers, and watch live cooking demonstrations.

As part of the weekend’s festivities, many of the region’s wineries are also hosting dinners, unique tastings and special events.

Festival Ticket options are:

Grand Tasting – Early Entry: $100
Grand Tasting – General Admission: $70
Grand Tasting – Locals Discount: $55
Grand Tasting – Non-Drinking Ticket: $25
Vintners Visa Five Day Pass for 12 Wineries: $50
All tickets are non-refundable. The festival is held rain or shine. No pets are allowed.

In the Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. The Santa Maria Valley is one of six federally recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVA) within Santa Barbara County, making the area one of the top wine regions in the world. It is the perfect home base for California’s Central Coast.

Boasting 34 tasting rooms, 6 unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture out if you are looking for sand dunes, hiking trails, horseback riding, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining, found right in our backyard. And because we treat our guests like family, your pocketbook will go much further here. Santa Maria Valley is the perfect home base where you can eat, drink and do more for less.

When you’re here, check out the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, a trail of goodness that connects Los Olivos and Santa Maria, and a journey that gets you out of the city and into the country. There are meandering roads, breathtaking views and tucked-away vineyards all along the trail.

The Travel Channel named the Santa Maria Valley as one The New Top 10 Cities for Wine Snobs (we actually love all wine enthusiasts in Santa Maria Valley, you just need to enjoy wine!). Come see for yourself. It’s a spectacularly gorgeous time of year on the Central California coast to experience all-things #SantaMariaStyle.

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