Number of wineries in Santa Barbara County: 200+ Number of approved American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in Santa Barbara County: 6 Number of different wine grape varieties grown in Santa Barbara County: 50+
Bearing acres of wine grapes grown (2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report): 21,349 Average yield per acre (2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report): 3.61 Average price per ton (2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report): $1,999 Economic value of wine grapes harvested (2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report): $151,629,764
Economic impact of wine, annual (2013 Stonebridge Research): $1,700,000,000 Full-time Equivalent Jobs (2013 Stonebridge Research): 9,158
Top wine grape varietals planted in Santa Barbara County (2016 Santa Barbara County Crop Report): Chardonnay - 7,720 acres Pinot Noir - 5,571 acres Syrah - 1,930 acres Sauvignon Blanc - 830 acres Cabernet Sauvignon - 738 acres Grenache - 495 acres Merlot - 342 Merlot - 310 acres Pinot Grigio/Gris - 303 acres Viognier - 281 acres Cabernet Franc - 209 acres Sangiovese - 124 acres Riesling - 103 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.