Wine tasting has become one of Santa Barbara’s main attractions. With a plethora of vineyards in the valley and tasting rooms all over town (most notably in the famous ‘Funk Zone’) it can almost be overwhelming to choose where to go. For this reason, we’ve rounded up our top 5 favorite places to wine taste in SB:
The Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room of Conway Family Wines is located right on Stearns Wharf and is undoubtedly the most picturesque spot on our list. Open daily from 12PM-7PM (8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays), it is the perfect place to enjoy a tasting or a glass of wine while sitting right over the ocean. Deep Sea embraces the coastal vibe here and sources most of its grapes from Santa Barbara vineyards, so stop by and try for yourself!
Deep Sea Tasting Room. 217 Stearns Wharf. 805 618 1185.
Corks n’ Crowns, in the heart of the Funk Zone and located along the ‘Urban Wine Trail,’ has a fun and funky atmosphere that appeals to those looking for a casual tasting amongst friendly visitors. Each flight includes three wines, plus there is a craft beer tasting for those who prefer it. Bonus: the tasting room has a fireplace, so on a rare, rainy day in SB, head here!
Corks n’ Crowns. 32 Anacapa Street. 805 845 8600.
The Grassini Family Vineyards is located in SB’s El Presidio plaza and is proud to be a part of the historic community of winemakers there. Here you’ll find a rustic but elegant tasting room that feels like a direct extension of the vineyard itself. Flights are $15 and include three reds and one Sauvignon Blanc. They also have estate grown olive oils available for tasting and purchasing.
Grassini Family Vineyards. 813 Anacapa Street #6. 805 897 3366.
The Area 5.1 tasting room feels much more like an upbeat bar than winery. Here you’ll find zero pretension, but rather a friendly staff, fun games and often live music. With it’s extra-terrestrial themed wines and menu, you’ll feel at home amongst a welcoming crowd. Although the place is casual, the wines are actually excellent and smooth, making this a necessary stop on any trip to the Funk Zone.
Area 5.1 Winery. 137 Anacapa Street Unit B. 805 770 7251.
Last on our list is Kunin Wines—this is exactly where you’ll want to visit if you’re looking for a classic, sleek tasting room serving flights of excellent California wines. In its simplicity, Kunin manages to focus purely on quality and service. Started in 1998, specialties include Syrah, Zinfandel and Viognier, all distributed throughout the country.
Kunin Wines. 28 Anacapa Street. 805 963 9633.