Vintners' Festival Weekend
Third Weekend in April
The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend
attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to
meet member vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food
and music over a long spring weekend.
The highlight of the weekend is the Festival itself, where
every one of our 100+ member wineries gather to present their
wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The Festival
also presents some of the best local food from restaurants,
catering companies and gourmet food creators.
After 30 Years Vintners’ Festival Returns to Historic Mission Santa Ines
In 1983, seventeen Santa Barbara County wineries organized by Bob Lindquist and Deborah Brown held their first wine tasting festival on the lawn in front of historic Mission Santa Ines. Thirty years and over one hundred new wineries and vineyards later, the 2013 Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival returned to the city of Solvang and the beautiful grounds of the mission in an annual rite of spring designed to heighten public awareness by showcasing the award winning wines which are grown, produced and bottled locally.
What started as a small food and wine event targeting the local population in order to raise enough funds to print a map showing where visitors could locate the wineries has developed over the years into an attraction that draws thousands into the area not only to attend the festival but also the wineries themselves.