Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour

Drive Dates: Thursday and Saturday, April 4 & 6, 2019

Total Drive Distance: 161 miles (round trip)

Estimated total tour duration: 6 hours

Santa Barbara County has a history of wine making and wine grape growing stretching back more than 200 years to before California was a state. From the Mission Era of early California through the Ranchero and Pueblo Era, struggling through Prohibition to the beginning of the modern era of wine making that started in the 60's, Santa Barbara County continues to combine traditional, hand-made techniques, with the latest cutting-edge innovations in grape growing and wine making.

The Santa Ynez Valley  is one of the major wine-growing regions in Santa Barbara County, spreading from the eastern edge of Lompoc on the western end of the Valley, to the far side of Happy Canyon on the eastern end of the Valley.

The Santa Ynez Valley has many different micro-climates within its boundaries, starting with a cool ocean influence in Lompoc and getting progressively hotter as you move inland. This enables different varieties of grapes to flourish, and therefore a diverse lineup of wines.
 

Our tour drive will take us through the Santa Rita Hills, Palmer Road and Foxen Canyon, each a major and popular destination for wine tasting. The rolling hills, blue skies and row after row of vines provide a feast for the eyes (and all your other senses).

 

A buffet lunch will be waiting for us at the Monarch Hills Country Club in Nipomo.

 8:50 AM

 Meet Time

 9:30 – 11:15 AM

 Drive through wine country

 11:30 AM

 Arrive at Monarch Hills Country Club

 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

 Lunch at Monarch Hills Country Club

 12:45 PM

 Return drive back to Hilton Santa Barbara

 

The tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to the Hilton together, the tour leaders will depart for the hotel shortly after lunch.

 

Santa Barbara Wine Country site: https://www.winecountry.com/regions/santa-barbara-county/