Santa Rita Hills Wineries

Touring the Santa Rita Hills Wine Country: Buellton to Lompoc Wine Country

The Santa Rita Hills appellation is located on the California central coast and runs east to west between Lompoc and Buellton, east of the 101 freeway. Head west on the 246, and you have just a few wineries to choose from to visit. It’s a good day trip from Santa Barbara.

When you get to the small town of Lompoc, you can visit the Mission La Purisma if you like. Or drive through the town and see all the painted mural scenes on walls of the buildings. The Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Festival is held at River Park, which is lined by the flower fields, fully in bloom in April.

When you’re ready to head back, take the fairly remote, curvy Santa Rosa Road back towards Buellton. It is extremely scenic, with trees, ranch land and a few more wineries.

You may notice that some of the Lompoc wineries are on Chestnut Court — this is in what’s now known as the “Lompoc Wine Ghetto”. The following wineries have tasting rooms open to the public:

Almarosa Winery & Vineyards
7250 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton
11-4 daily
Has over 100 acres of vineyards dedicated to organic farming and sustainable agriculture.

Ampelos Cellars
1633 West Central Avenue, Lompoc
100% bio-dynamic, susainably farmed and organic.

Babcock Winery & Vineyard
5175 East Hwy 246, Lompoc
Fri-Sun 10:30-4, Mon 12-4

Clos Pepe Vineyards
4777 East Hwy 246, Lompoc
Tasting & tours by appointment only.

Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards
1280 Drum Canyon Rd., Lompoc
Daily 11-5, except major holidays
Tasting fee of $10 includes 6 wines

Fiddlehead Cellars
1597 E. Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc
Sat 11-4
Specializing in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc

Flying Goat Cellars
1520 East Chestnut Court, Unit ALompoc
Thurs-Sat 11-4
Tasting is at the “Goat Shed”

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery
6121 East Hwy 246, Lompoc
Daily 10-5
Tasting fee $10, including logo glass

Lafond Winery
6855 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton
Daily 10-5
Picnic area overlooks vineyards.

Melville Winery
5185 East Hwy 246, Lompoc
Daily 11-4
Mediterranean style winery.

Mosby Winery
9496 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton
Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 10-5
Tours by appointment.

Pali Wine Company
1036 W. Aviation Drive, Lompoc
Fri-Sat 11-4
Specializing in Pinot Noir

Samsara Wines
1500 East Chestnut Court, Unit A, Lompoc
Fri-Sun 12-4

Sanford Winery & Vineyards
7250 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton
Daily 11-4
Tasting fee $5.