Close to Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to a variety of wineries that grow grapes from around the world. The valley is gorgeous, lying right between two mountain ranges and offering the perfect climate for wine production.

One of the best ways to explore the valley is on a day trip. You’ll want to taste as much of the delicious wines as possible, so it’s a good idea to book yourself a wine chauffeur or organized wine tour. It’s a great way to sit back and explore the spectacular scenery as you stop off at different wineries during the day.

Not sure where to visit? Below we’ve listed some of our favorite Santa Ynez wineries.

Sunstone Vineyards and Winery

It’s easy to mistake the winery for an opulent Tuscan estate. The vineyards lie along Santa Ynez’s rolling hills, and there is ample seating, complimentary vinegar, and olive oil tastings, and estate tours available. But it’s the views of the mountains and vineyards that make this a spectacular location to visit during your day trip. The wines help, too. The tasting menu at Sunstone includes Grenache Rose, dark Merlot and a variety of tasty alternatives.

Bridlewood Estate Winery

Every batch of grapes at Bridlewood is crafted in state-of-the-art barrels and tanks. Head to the tasting room for an intimate wine tasting experience and interactive educational program or choose a bottle of wine and enjoy it with a picnic lunch by the fountain in the courtyard.

Foxen Vineyard and Winery

When it comes to Santa Ynez Valley day trips, you’ve got to include this location on your wine tour. You’ll find two tasting rooms here, making for a memorable day out. The vineyard has an outstanding reputation for quality white wines, but they also produce some tasty red varieties. The different tasting rooms offer different experiences, so if you have the time, make sure to try both.

Silk Road Transportation offers wine tours and chauffeurs for unforgettable day trips to Santa Ynez Valley. Book your car service today.