The vineyards are seeing bud break, it’s spring and we are all ready to burst outdoors and enjoy the new season. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Santa Barbara and enjoy a weekend with the vintners!
Beginning Thursday April 10th and running to Sunday April 13th, the Vintners Weekend is filled with a variety of events.
Thursday there is the Vintners Festival Golf Tournament and the Sta. Rita Hills AVA Dinner & Wine Pairing.
Friday during the day there is a Vintners Wine Education Seminar Series happening as well as vineyard hikes at Beckman, Buttonwood Farm, Baehner Fournier, Hilliard Bruce and Refugio Ranch. That evening you can choose between a Barrel Toasting Seminar with Barrel Tasting or a 90+ Points Top Rated Wine & Dine Event. Other events happening that day include a blind tasting and seminar on Cabernet at Brander Vineyard, a Wine and Cheese Pairing at Brewer-Clifton and a Flying Goat Winemaker Dinner at the La Purisima Mission.
Saturday is the big event with the Vintners Festival Grand Tasting. There will be over 100 wineries and over 50 varieties of wines represented. In addition there are Open houses and other events at many wineries including: Melville, Zaca Mesa, Pence Ranch, Lafond, Alta Maria, Longoria, Brander, Lucas & Lewellen, Foxen & Cottonwood Canyon.
Sunday wraps up with a Farm-to-Table Picnic & Concert. Plus lots of vineyards and wineries will be having open houses, brunches and receptions.
This is the perfect opportunity to explore all the wines of Santa Barbara County, meet the vintners and have a really extraordinary weekend.