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Sip Your Way Through The 4 Best Santa Ynez Valley Wineries

Did you know that every year, over one million cases of wine are made in the Santa Ynez Valley and that there are about 120 wineries in this area? As a popular hotel with visitors to Solvang, California, we are often asked which of the Santa Ynez Valley wineries are the best to visit. 

At the Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn, we understand the interest since this region is home to some of the best wineries in the US. Thanks to our many guests over the years, we have learned from their experiences. That’s why we can reliably recommend the best Santa Ynez wineries you should visit. 

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What Are The Top 4 Best Santa Ynez Valley Wineries To Visit?

Because there are so many wineries in the region, we know you don’t have the time to visit all of them. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best wineries in Santa Ynez Valley that you’ll want to visit. 

1. Rusack Winery

At the top of our list, is the Rusack Winery. Your wine-tasting experience will begin with a drive through idyllic fields and hills. This gorgeous adventure will take you to this beautiful rural estate. 

The Rusack Winery is situated in southern Santa Ynez Valley. You will travel through incredible vineyards to reach the wine-tasting room. 

Upon arrival at the wine-tasting room, you can expect to enjoy many grape varieties. Some of these include Semillon, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and Petite Sirah. You should also expect to be treated to a beautiful sight once you step out onto the beautiful redwood deck. 

Once you enter the winery’s wine-tasting room, you can look forward to a custom-made tasting bar. This bar has many award-winning wines that will satiate your palate. As a bonus, this winery offers an assortment of cheese and crackers you can enjoy while you sip on a few of their famous white, red, sparkling, and roses. 

2. Barbieri Winery

The Barbieri Winery has a unique history. A master sommelier founded it who after more than 20 years in the wine industry, decided to create his own. 

Those staying at the Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn or similar accommodation should visit this Santa Ynez Valley winery because it’s truly one of the best. 

This winery is easy to get to and is also conveniently located as a storefront tasting room with an expansive tasting bar. You’ll also have the opportunity to try a few different scrumptious cheeses that are kept at the back of the tasting room. 

Even though the tasting room is simple with little decoration, it is still worth visiting. This is because of the friendly atmosphere and delicious wines. There is also a fearlessness to the wine flavors that many enjoy. So be sure to keep an open mind when visiting this amazing winery.

3. Kalyra Winery

Not every winery in the region is going to have Californian roots. One of the absolute best examples of this is the Kalyra Winery. Although it isn’t the flashiest winery, it produces some of the best wines you’ll ever taste. 

This is an established Santa Ynez Valley winery. It is known for its impressive and show-stopping Australian-style winemaking technique. Thanks to this unique technique, this winery produces some of the best wines in this region. 

If you’re intrigued by this process and want to try some of their premium quality wines, try their white, red, or rose wines, as they tend to be the most delicious. You’ll truly taste the difference with the wines this winery produces since attention, confidence, and imagination goes into every drop. 

They also have an intimate outdoor movie theater that they rent out to small groups interested in a wine-tasting evening. Nice!

4. Foxen Vineyard And Winery

One of the oldest wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley worth visiting is the Foxen Vineyard and Winery. This Santa Ynez Valley winery is shrouded in Californian history thanks to its founders, the “Doxen Boys” Bill Wathen and Dick Dore. 

For years this winery has attracted crowds thanks to its minimalist production style, commitment to sustainability, and specialized, high-quality red blends, pinot noirs, and cabernet Sauvignon variety. 

Those interested in visiting can find it in the Foxen Canyon, but be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses as this winery’s tasting room exploits the stunning natural Californian sun backdrop. You will also have the choice of two wine rooms, but we recommend the historic ‘shack’ as it offers a unique wine-tasting experience in the valley. 

You can also look forward to a pleasant wine-tasting experience as the Foxen Vineyard and Winery is well known for its friendly and engaging staff.

a couple enjoying wine at one of the best Santa Ynez Valley wineries

Book A Stay At The Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn To Explore The Wineries Santa Ynez Valley Has To Offer

As you can see, there are many fantastic wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley worth visiting if you book a stay at the Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn. Our inn is conveniently located close to many local attractions, so there is plenty to do when you stay with us. 

You’ll also love that we have well-furnished rooms that are comfortable with the amenities and facilities you need when away from home. For example, we have a heated pool, spa pool, guest laundry, and complimentary breakfast for those who book with us. 

So if you’re planning a Santa Ynez wine-tasting experience, contact us, and we’ll ensure you enjoy your stay. 

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