Santa Ynez Valley Vineyard looking north
Santa Maria Valley AVA has the largest amount of grapes planted with about 7,500 acres. Yet only a dozen or so wineries are located here. Large tracks of historic and prestigious vineyards benefit from the fog and coastal breezes and contribute to an extended growing season. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lead the region in vineyard acreage, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Sangiovese and Syrah also being grown.
Santa Ynez Valley Vineyard
Santa Barbara County Wine Trail