You're visiting Santa Barbara - or perhaps you're a local - and you're craving a little (or big) taste of those Central Coast grapes everyone is always talking about. So what do you do? You can hop over to Funk Zone and explore the Urban Wine Trail (it's very fun and quite convenient). But if you love adventure and scenery, we recommend that you set aside a day to visit Los Olivos.
Los Olivos is a small town about half an hour north of Santa Barbara. Although it's not very far away, you will feel like you have been transported to a different place entirely. The drive there is beautiful, packed with scenic vistas, sunshine and wildlife. Deer sightings are not uncommon.
Once you arrive in downtown Los Olivos, you'll fall in love at first sight. Wineries and restaurants line the main street, and people are almost suspiciously friendly. This is actually very dangerous because you can easily follow the wrong smile and end up in what looks like a super-fun tasting room, only to discover that it actually pours just-ok wine.
10Best to the rescue! This list of the 10 best tasting rooms in Los Olivos will help you avoid the tourist traps and go straight to the good stuff. Kaena, Tercero, Carhartt... every place on this list serves wine that completely validates Santa Barbara's reputation as a viticultural force to be reckoned with.