The Santa Barbara Winery was established in 1962, making it the oldest winery in the county, since the majority of wineries were closed during Prohibition. It was the first in the county to open after the ban was lifted. The winery harvests its grapes in the Santa Rita Hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as neighboring vineyards.
Santa Barbara has a long history of producing wine before California became a state, with missions and Spanish rancheros planting grapes and producing wine. By the end of the 19th century, about 45 vineyards had sprouted in the county.
Now the county features 20,000 acres of grapes that go toward making wine in more than 100 wineries.
Take I-405 north for more than 50 miles. Exit onto CA-101 north toward Ventura and continue for more than 70 miles. Take the Garden Street/Laguna Street exit. When the street comes to a fork, take a left, following the signs to Garden Street-Downtown. Take a left at Garden Street, then a right at East Yanonali Street. Turn right at Anacapa Street.