Municipal Winemakers This lively spot in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone is known for its bright-tasting vinos and clever decor.
In fact, there are so many wonderful reds, whites, and bubblies that mapping your wine tour can feel a bit daunting.
Thankfully, there are numerous exceptional tasting rooms right in Santa Barbara proper.
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If you want to learn more about the mission, consider taking a guided tour to learn more about the mission’s art and architecture.
Another tour lets you visit the Huerta Historic Garden, which contains plantings that mimic those of the Mission era (1769-1834).
Crack open the “top secret file” to find a list of the winery’s tasty blends that feature on-brand names like Collusion, Close Encounter, and Conspiracy Red. Riverbench’s estate, located in nearby Santa Maria, is one of the only wineries in the area that specializes in bubblies.
The chic Funk Zone tasting room also sells bottles covered in glitter for you to take home.
If you’re ready to dive in and enjoy, start at State Street’s upper end, with luxury retailers such as Tiffany & Co. Next up, La Arcada; it’s twisting walkways with fountains and flowerpots allow plenty of time to gaze into boutique windows and think, “Oh, I really need that…” Grab an espresso at local favorite The French Press to keep you going then continue south to the babbling fountains and lush landscaping at Paseo Nuevo shopping center, home to more than 50 stores.
Continue to Victoria Court, with an alluring mix of independent shops and top restaurants. 101 and East Beach, a narrow band of warehouses has become an enclave of urban wine-tasting rooms, artist’s studios, surfboard-makers, and bohemian-cool restaurants like The Lark.
Deep Sea Tasting Room Serving luscious Pinot Noirs and offering up some serious Jacques Cousteau vibes, Deep Sea is as close to an offshore tasting as you can get on dry land.