If on our trip through the west coast of the United States we make a stage in the coastal city of Saint Barbara, we should know that we are at the heart of one of the most important wine areas of California.
Specifically, if we like to appreciate the wines, we will find it interesting to approach the Santa Ynez Valley, where some of the most important wineries are concentrated, and it was the scene of the famous film "Between Cups" (original title, Sideways), winner of an Oscar in 2004, and popularized trips to make wine tastings.
The California wine history It dates back to the 18th century, when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards next to the missions they were establishing. But its current fame it's much more recent when in 1976During a wine tasting in Paris, California wines surpassed the best French wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy.
The vineyards in California They extend over 1,100 kilometers, occupying the vineyards over 1,700 square kilometers. When we travel by car through the interior of California, we find spectacular landscapes in which the vine plantations are lost on the horizon.
Of the four California wine regions, although in the north, near San Francisco, are the famous Napa and Sonoma valleys, the largest area is the Central Coast region.
And this is where the Santa Ynez Valley, northwest of Santa Barbara inland, less than 50 kilometers. In this area there are numerous wineries that we can visit on our own to make California wine tastings. Or if you prefer, you can also sign up for a organized excursion by an agency
In the attached link you have a list of wineries in the Santa Barbara area, including those of the famous Santa Ynez Valley, with its locations, wine information and tasting schedules.
And as a curiosity, you can also go to see the tourist Danish town of Solvang, where is the Mission Santa Inés, from 1804.mappress