The east-west orientation of the coastal mountains in Santa Barbara County funnels cool Pacific breezes through the county’s valleys and creates both cool and warm climate regions, with the western part of the county being considerably cooler than the eastern part. The extended range of temperatures create ideal growing conditions for many varieties, and Santa Barbara wineries excel at producing wines of widely different styles. Santa Barbara County completely contains three American Viticultural Areas: Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. In addition, the Santa Maria Valley lies almost entirely within Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County’s top varieties by acres planted (as of 2015): Chardonnay – 5,434 Pinot Noir – 5,223 Syrah – 1,301 Sauvignon Blanc – 764 Cabernet Sauvignon – 709 Pinot Gris – 529 Scroll down for a comprehensive list of Santa Barbara County wineries and click “map view” to access the advanced winery search. Whether you would like to visit a winery that provides beautiful vineyard lodging, has food available to complement its wines, hosts vineyard weddings, produces wines from organic grapes, or provides free wine tasting, we make it easy to find the best Santa Barbara wine tasting and touring destinations.