Santa Barbara County Wine Country
There are more than 56 active wineries in the county, with new ones being added on an ongoing basis. There is a lot of farm land in this county, and ~ 20,000 acres of it is devoted to growing wine grapes. The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association hosts several wine and food related events throughout the year, but the biggest are the spring and fall festivals. The "Vintner's Festival" is held each year on the 3rd Saturday in April. Most of the local wineries, and many of the fine local restaurants bring a dish/wines to share. The "Celebration of Harvest" is held on the 2nd Saturday in October, and is similar to the spring event. In addition to the events hosted by the SBCVA, many of the local wineries host open houses, winemaker dinners, and musical & theatrical events that are open to the public throughout the year.