Santa Barbara wine tours
About 40 miles (ca. 64 km) north of the luxury shopping and high life
of Santa Barbara and 120 miles (ca. 193 km) from L.A., day-trippers can
visit the beautiful countryside and wineries made famous
by the movie Sideways. You can even download a map from
the region’s official website and take the same route as the
characters in the movie. Most wineries are clearly marked.
Firestone Vineyard and Winery
Firestone Vineyard and Winery is large and popular; but
you’ll have to fight your way past the crowd of ladies in
search of Andrew Firestone from The Bachelor, who is one of
the owners (5000 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos, a few minutes’
drive from Hwy. 101, 805/688-3940, firestonewine.com).
Koehler Vineyard and Winery
Koehler is a quieter, more easygoing experience; it’s a great
spot to uncork a bottle and picnic (5360 Foxen Canyon Rd.
Los Olivos Vineyard and Winery
Los Olivos, 805/693-8384, koehlerwinery.com). Area oddities
include: Ostrich Land (610 East Hwy. 246, between Buellton
and Solvang, 805/686-9696, ostrichland.com), where you can
feed ostriches and emus in exchange for donations; and the
town of Solvang, known for its touristy Danish souvenirs.