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Santa Rita Hills, or Sta. Rita Hills, is a small appellation in the larger Santa Ynez Valley district of Santa Barbara County. The terrain, soil and climate have earned it an international reputation for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Although it is home to only a handful of wineries its grapes are featured in the production of many others.

Located 12 miles from the ocean, the cool Pacific air, funneled by the Santa Rita hills, moderates the warm summer days. The fog rolls in during late afternoon and is burnt off by the morning sun. The cool nights and warm days produce intense and flavorful wines.

The Santa Rita Hills Wine Trail passes through some of the most bucolic scenery in Santa Barbara. Side by side with vineyards are orchards and fields of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

There are several small wineries in both Lompoc and Buellton, open by appointment only - we have listed only those that are open daily. Also, worth noting, is the La Purisima Mission one of the least spoilt Missions on the historic California Mission Trail.


If you are driving from Santa Barbara we recommend using Hway 101. The scenery along the coast is fabulous.
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