Sip and Savor Santa Barbara County
At Alisal Guest Ranch, you are in the heart of Santa Barbara County—one of the best wine-producing regions in the country, with over 100 different wineries and tasting rooms. The county’s varied microclimates and soils, as well as its unique geography, provide ideal growing conditions for many types of grapes—from the beloved Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Syrahs, to unique varietals like Albariño and Grenache Blanc. Alisal is perfectly situated so that our guests can visit a wide variety of nearby wineries. Our dining room offers an extensive wine list that focuses primarily on wines from Santa Barbara County and Central California, so you can have a taste at the Alisal before you venture out.
The following recommended wineries and distilleries offer complimentary tastings¹ for guests staying at the Alisal.
( ¹ Parties of six or more may incur a fee. )
Our Guest Services team is happy to help you plan a picnic and a day spent wine tasting at some of our favorite vineyards.
On California’s Central Coast, most people make wine. But liquor also loves the Central Coast’s warm days and cool nights. So we settled here to make our spirits out of the freshest organic ingredients we can find. Right in the middle of wine country.
Tom Beckmen’s 365 acres (which are all biodynamically farmed) are perfectly situated to produce fantastic Rhone varietals. Guests can get a taste for themselves at Beckmen’s Los Olivos tasting room.
Brothers Spirits of Buellton, California is a craft distillery in the Santa Ynez Valley, producing handmade batches of vodka, blue agave, gin and scotch.
Buttonwood Farm is a small gem set amidst the splendor of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. They specialize in Bordeaux and Rhône Varietals.
Making Wine from Ground to Glass, by Hand and Heart in Rancho Santa Ynez for Three Generations, Carhartt is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery.
As one of Lompoc’s wineries, Fiddlehead Cellars stands apart for its textural, place-drive wines, its passion for winemaking, and its commitment to sustainability. *Tasting by appointment only*
Firestone Vineyard belongs to an entrepreneurial and adventurous family tradition that dates back more than a century to legendary tire innovator Harvey Firestone.
Any visit to Santa Rita Hills must include a stop at Foley Estates. The property was founded by Bill Foley in the late 1990’s and today is one of the most important in the appellation.
Foxen Winery & Vineyard was founded in 1985 and has been dedicated to the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking.
Gainey has been family run since the 60’s when it was a cattle farm. The first vines were planted on the property in the mid 80’s and they have been producing great wine ever since.
Take an Australian-born winemaker, give him twenty years making wine in California and Australia… then add some of the best grapes from two continents and what do you get? An outstanding portfolio of wines from Santa Barbara County, California, Australia, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy.
A pioneer in Santa Barbara County, Ken Brown has devoted his career to the pursuit of great Pinot Noir. His craft is his passion and with a very small production of only 3,000 cases per year.
Situated on the celebrated Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in the Santa Ynez Valley, Koehler Winery is located in one of California’s most diverse and distinctive growing regions.
Lincourt is known for small-lot bottlings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that bear the names of the women who have influenced and shaped Bill Foley’s life including his wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.
A Mediterranean-style estate winery in nearby Lompoc that produces Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Viognier from grapes grown in its vineyards. The tasting room is open daily and the beautiful setting is also perfect for picnics.
Within the 200-acre working ranch is the Pence Vineyard. They are focused on producing the finest Burgundian-inspired wines made in the New World.
Founded in 1997, Rideau Vineyard has been producing highly-acclaimed, small-lot wines for two decades. Our thirteen acres of estate vines are comprised of five Rhône varietals which are harvested by hand and bottled as highly-expressive blends and varietal wines.
Located between Solvang and Los Olivos in Ballard Canyon, Rusack meticulously farms its grapes in small lots, which extends the winemaking process, and creates exceptional Sauvingon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, and more.
SAMsARA produces limited releases of Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache from carefully selected micro-sites within Sta. Rita Hill’s most distinctive vineyards.
In 1971, the first pioneering vineyards in Santa Barbara were planted at Sanford Winery. This renowned cool climate AVA was not only launched by the planting of the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, but also expanded to neighbors’ plantings through cuttings from this vineyard.
Star Lane/Dierberg Vineyards
Star Lane harvests fruit from three vineyards in the County to produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvingon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. The tasting room allows visitors to get a taste of all of them.
Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, Stolpman Vineyards believes that they can create natural, vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California.
Zaca Mesa hand crafts their wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in our Santa Barbara County vineyard.