Sip Your Way Through Los Olivos' Best Wine Tasting Rooms

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, TerceroCarhartt... every place on this list serves wine that completely validates Santa Barbara's reputation as a viticultural force to be reckoned with.



If you're strolling the main street of Los Olivos and you see a very small building - a building much too small to hold even a handful of people, let alone be one of the more popular tasting rooms in the area - then you've found Carhartt. Do not...  Read More

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A family owned and operated winery, Tensley Wines shares a small tasting room in Los Olivos with Carina Cellars. Winemaker Joey Tensley worked at several respected regional wineries before launching his own label in 1998. Tensley produces only...  Read More



Visit Samsara to try small production wines that use grapes from carefully selected micro-sites within Sta. Rita Hill's most distinctive vineyards. The winery specializes in cool climate Pinot, Syrah, Grenache and Chardonnay. Winemaker Matt...  Read More



The tasting room for Beckmen Vineyards is cozy and painted red, just the sort of place you imagine you'll find on a wine tasting expedition. There are flowers, scenic vistas, friendly cats and - oh! - super wines, too. Beckmen's estate vineyard,...  Read More



Visit this light and bright tasting room in Los Olivos to try wines made using grapes from some of the best vineyards in the region. Like the name suggests, Crawford Family Wines is family owned and operated. Winemaker Mark Crawford Horvath...  Read More

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Tercero Wines is the brainchild and passion project of winemaker Larry Schaffer. If you're looking for Rhone varietals, both red and white, this is where you will find something special, made in such small batches that it is truly a treat....  Read More



The Demetria Estate is hands down the prettiest place to taste wine in Santa Barbara County, and the fact that their wine is delicious certainly doesn't hurt matters. Call ahead to make a tasting reservation. At the appointed time, you will...  Read More



Stolpman's Los Olivos tasting room is housed in a little red farmhouse. There are cool concrete counters inside and wine-barrel topped tables outside on a sunny brick patio. They are well known for their range of excellent Syrahs and for...  Read More



A boutique, family-run winery with a vineyard in prize-winning Ballard Canyon, Larner Vineyard & Winery has a small tasting room in Los Olivos. Pop in to taste their wines, and we're sure you'll leave with a bottle (or two). The Larner...  Read More

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Kaena Wine Co
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives


Los Olivos may be inland, but that doesn't mean that the mindset of every tasting room is! For some great wine with a hint of, well, Hawaii, seek out Kaena's tasting room. Does this mean they sell wines that are pina colada sweet? Heavens no....  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva