Santa Barbara Is The Most Exciting Wine Destination In The U.S.

Written by Kim Westerman, Senior Contributor, Travel Section | Forbes | October 28, 2021 | Reference Source

Forbes names Santa Barbara the most exciting and compelling wine region in the United States. Santa Barbara is a place where creativity prevails in both winemaking and hospitality. After a three-day comprehensive visit, Kim Westerman of Forbes, recommends the following nine wineries across five of Santa Barbara's seven AVAs (American Viticultural Areas):

Santa Rita Hills

  • Babcock Winery
  • Pence Winery

Ballard Canyon

  • Rusack

Santa Maria Valley

  • Riverbench

Santa Ynez Valley

  • Zaca Mesa and TREAD
  • Fess Parker Winery
  • Bien Nacido Estate
  • Optik

Happy Canyon 

  • Crown Point Winery

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