Number of wineries in Santa Barbara County: 191 (as of 2013)
Amount of bearing acres of wine grapes grown in Santa Barbara County (2014)²: 21,052 Amount of planted acres of wine grapes grown in Santa Barbara County (2014): 27,155 Average Yield Per Acre (2014)²: 4.37 Average Price Per Ton (2014)²: $1,751
Economic Value of Wine Grapes in Santa Barbara County (2014): $163,362,417 Economic Impact of Wine (Annual) in Santa Barbara County (2013): $1,700,000,000 Full-time Equivalent Jobs (2014): 9.158
Number of approved American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in Santa Barbara County¹: 6 Number of different wine grape varietals grown in Santa Barbara County: 50+
Top wine grape varietals planted in Santa Barbara County (2014)²: Chardonnay - 7,529 acres Pinot Noir - 5,561 acres Syrah - 1,928 acres Sauvignon Blanc - 799 acres Grenache - 484 acres Cabernet Sauvignon - 466 acres Pinot Grigio/Gris - 361 acres Merlot - 313 acres Viognier - 280 acres Cabernet Franc - 205 acres Sangiovese - 127.50 acres
Wine is Santa Barbara County's number one finished agricultural product, and the county's wine grape crop is the second most valuable agricultural crop.
Geological Landscape: East-west mountain ranges (transverse) versus the usual north-south orientation of mountain ranges creates a dramatic effect on the climate with many micro-climates with Santa Barbara County, conducive to the successful growing of a range of different wine grape varieties.