Top 10 Wineries You’ve Gotta Try in Solvang
Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley just north of Santa Barbara sits a little city that’s far from average. Dutch immigrants who made the long trek west from the plains of Iowa founded Solvang, California back in 1911.
The Danish influence can be spotted in everything from the architecture featuring traditional thatched roofs and half-timber facades to the authentic Danish bakeries and the prominent windmills dotted around town.
Solvang’s proximity to over 120 vineyards, both boutique and family-owned, makes it the perfect place for wine enthusiasts. There are so many wineries and tasting rooms in and around Solvang it might be hard to choose between them. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful list of our top 10 favorite wineries in Solvang!
10. Crosshatch Tasting Room
At Crosshatch, the blends of co-fermented wine from Santa Barbara County vineyards have a completely unique flavor. Stop by their tasting room on Alisal Road inside the historic windmill.
Crosshatch keeps it simple with classic white and red Bordeaux and Rhône wines as well as a Rhône Rosé wine. You can opt for a tasting inside and take in the warm, inviting atmosphere or grab a glass and savor the view from the second floor patio.
9. Cali Love
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to have a great time at Cali Love Wine. The owners at Cali Love combined their two favorite things: music and wine. Guitars in oversized wooden shadow boxes grace the wall like art along with a myriad of guitar picks in different colors. You can even catch a show here on special occasions!
Ever wondered what wine goes best with a doughnut? If you stop by on a Saturday don’t miss their dessert pairing menu. Cali Love wines are fun, light-bodied and often sweet (with names like Unicorn Syrah, Stardust and Pink Moon we wouldn’t expect anything less). Be sure to take a great pic under the neon pink Cali Love sign to commemorate your visit.
Carivintas stands for blending wine with philanthropy and that’s exactly what they do at this unique tasting room. This laid-back tasting room welcomes kids and dogs and stays open later than most other tasting rooms in the area.
The best part is Carivintas has partnered with nonprofit groups that support animal shelters and welfare to ensure a portion of its proceeds benefits animals in need. It would be hard not to be drawn to their adorable wine labels which feature rescued and endangered animals.
7. Dascomb Cellars
The owner of Dascomb Cellars, David Dascomb is a master winemaker who’s been working in wine since 1999. Dascomb Cellars wine is from one of the oldest vineyards in the county.
We love this tasting room for its living room vibes, you’ll feel like you’re just hanging out with friends at home, with your own personal wine expert pouring your flights. You can pair your tasting with a tasty charcuterie board and finish with a port wine and chocolate truffle combo that’s divine.
If you can’t get enough of Lucas & Lewellen, pop next door to their more casual Toccata tasting room. Here you’ll find traditional Italian varietals like Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio and Rosato.
The tasting room at Toccatta also features an old world style Italian market where you can buy gourmet food, Italian style art and gifts (as well as wine, of course!). Toccata is dog-friendly so you can get to know the local pups while you sip the local reds.
5. Lucas & Lewellen
This dynamic duo has vineyards in three different growing valleys, so their grapes benefit from growing in varied climates best suited to their individual needs. The result is a diverse range of complex wines that are distributed throughout 25 states and 14 countries!
Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room has been named the best tasting room in Santa Ynez Valley and it’s no wonder! With 20 different wines to choose from including ports and sparkling varieties on top of the standard reds and whites, it’s not unusual to get a pour from Lucas or Lewellen themselves. They’ll spill their insider secrets while you enjoy the rich and refreshing wines on offer.
4. Sevtap Winery Tasting Room
Under a Danish style windmill on Copenhagen Drive, Sevtap Winery Tasting Room blends modern tastes with the long standing tradition of winemaking for a truly unique experience.
Sevtap is known for its full bodied, Bordeaux style reds so cozy up to the bar for an indoor tasting under the exposed wooden beams of that windmill or take your wine outside and enjoy a sip on the covered patio.
3. Buttonwood Farm Winery and Vineyard
As soon as you pull in to Buttonwood Farm you know you’re in for a treat. The farm and orchards that surround the tasting room are the perfect setting for your whole family (including your dog) to spend an afternoon.
If you visit in the spring you’ll enjoy the beautiful blossoms of the almond trees that line the entrance but summer is peach season. Don’t leave Buttonwood without checking out what’s on sale at the farm stand. You could score some spicy sweet Green Chili Peach Salsa, farm-fresh Extra Virgin Olive oil or Pomegranate Jelly.
Buttonwood’s vineyards sit just above the tasting room on a hilltop mesa. Originally the focus was on Bordeaux style grapes but over the years they’ve expanded to include Rhône varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and even a Chenin Blanc.
2. Rideau Vineyards
The charming estate at Rideau Vineyards is fairy tale cottage meets farmhouse chic. You’ll feel at home right away as you wander past the beautiful garden-lined house to the tasting room.
If you love Rhône varietals like Grenache, Viognier, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Roussanne, Rideau is the place to go. These grapes are estate grown in a unique blend of terroirs that results in a wonderfully balanced flavor.
Stop in for a casual tasting or schedule the Rideau Estate Experience for a guided tour through the vineyards and winery including a private tasting in the El Alamo Pintado adobe.
1. Rusack Vineyards
The scenic drive through the rolling hills of Ballard Canyon past open fields and farmland is reason alone to visit this vineyard. You’ll know you’re getting close to Rusack on Ballard Canyon Road when rose bushes begin to climb the white fences lining the road just beyond a low paving stone path.
Rusack Vineyards is ideally located on 48 hilly acres, just a ten minute drive outside downtown Solvang. The family owned vineyard is known for its striking Syrah, one of six grapes grown on their 17 acres of vineyard.
Check out their tasting room then grab a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy it on the oversized redwood deck, shaded by ancient oaks and overlooking the property. Grab a cheese plate from the tasting room, bring a picnic or order in from one of the nearby restaurants for a perfect afternoon with friends and family in Solvang.