One of the most celebrated times of year in the Santa Ynez Valley takes place from August through November. Harvest in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country is a revered season when visitors and locals can experience wine from grape to glass. To celebrate, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley has declared September “Santa Ynez Valley Wine Month” and will be honoring wine with events, classes, dinners, deals and packages. As part of California Wine Month, these events and promotions can be found in the towns of Buellton, Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang and the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The unique offerings of SYV Wine Month are supported by several major sponsors: Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, Sunstone Winery, Sanford Winery, Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse and Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers.
Celebrate the marriage of wine and food throughout SYV Wine Month with dinners and food pairing events such as Brewer-Clifton’s Wine Country Luncheon at Machado Vineyard, an Effervescence Sparkling Wine release Brunch at the Sunstone Villa and the Second Annual Wine Club Dinner at Refugio Ranch. Special wine pairing menus will be offered by the Los Olivos Café & Wine Merchant in Los Olivos and Fresco Valley Café in Solvang or you can cook and be part of Buttonwood Winery’s Cookbook Club dinner. Taste something old and something new with vertical, library and special tasting flights at many wineries including Sanford, Cimarone & 3CV Wines, Wandering Dog Wine Bar, Mosby, Brewer-Clifton, Longoria, and Palmina.
Take wine education to the next level with wine classes and seminars offered by Refugio Ranch and Brewer-Clifton. Then get a closer view of the wine country by taking a tour through the vineyards or a behind-the-scenes tour of a winery. Avant in Buellton will be offering a Winemaker’s Tour and lunch on three different Saturdays in September.
After all that wine drinking you’ll want a comfortable place to stay and relax. Visitors can take advantage of terrific packages or deals offered by hotels such as the Wine Valley Inn, ForFriends Inn, Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn, King Frederik Inn and Ballard Inn. Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse will also offer specials to visitors looking for a private estate. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir during your stay. Cimarone Wines is offering a 6-pack special and Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers is donating 50% of all sales (including tastings) to Arts Outreach, a nonprofit supporting the arts for children.
For a complete listing of Wine Month events, tasting rooms and deals, visit www.SYVwine.com. Plan your trip to the Santa Ynez Valley, view, download or order a Visitors Guide with a wine tasting map at www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com.