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The Ranch and the wine country are beautiful this time of year. If there are clouds in Santa Barbara, it will be sunny and warm in the valley. As per your request, I have a few recommendations for specific wineries for you to visit. You can certainly explore the wine country on your own, but I recommend taking a tour with Coastal Concierge. They have an amazing staff, with an extensive knowledge of the vineyards and wines. They will pick you up at the Ranch in a luxury SUV for your own private tour, which includes a gourmet picnic lunch. They can even cater the tour to your specific tastes. Whether you tour the wine country with Coastal Concierge or venture in on your own, I would recommend visiting a few of the following Vineyards.
Rusack Vineyards: The tasting room features a redwood deck built around beautiful oak trees. It has a perfect spot for picnicking and enjoying the surrounding views. Open from 11:00am to 5:00pm daily.
Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery: This is by far the largest vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. The tasting room has a phenomenal view of the manicured lawns, vineyards and the winery building. Open tasting from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.
Babcock Winery & Vineyards: Located in Santa Rita Hills, the Babcock estate comprises 80 acres. The Los Angeles Times has named the owner “Ten Best Winemakers of the Year”. Tasting is open from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily.
Melville Vineyards & Winery: Melville has a great Pinot Noir among others. The winery itself is pretty modest at about 50 acres. The ambience is very elegant and the lighting really adds to the feeling. It is open daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards: Founded by geographer Richard Sanford, whom planted Santa Barbara’s counties first Pinot Noir vines and founded the world renowned Sanford Winery. The wines produced here are 100% organic.