Wine Tasting in Los Olivos – The Best Vineyards to Visit!

Wine Tasting in Los Olivos (Last Updated On: November 5, 2019)

One of my favorite extracurricular activities is to participate in anything involving wine.  Wine documentaries.  Wine festivals.  Wine tastings.  Wine… shopping?  So if you’re curious how I spent my time as a travel nurse in Santa Barbara, California, I can tell you exactly what I did.  On my days off I would frequently skip town and drive north for wine tasting in Los Olivos.

Los Olivos is located in the Santa Ynez Valley where they live by the motto, “Where every weekend is wine-fest”!  Not only does Los Olivos house incredibly beautiful vineyards, but it’s home to 30+ incredible tasting rooms!  If you plan on heading to Los Olivos for a day of tastings there’s a few things to note.  First, as always the weekends will bring crowds.  If you want to experience Los Olivos sans crowds, opt to head in during the week.  Second, most tasting rooms close at 1700.  If you want a full day, you’ll need to get going early.

 

Wine Tasting in Los Olivos – The Best Vineyards and Tasting Rooms to Visit

Wine Tasting in Los Olivos

 

Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

Artiste is the only tasting room that was downtown and did not have their own vineyard associated with it. With an artistic vibe, it’s definitely worth checking it out.  Plus there are murals available if you’d like to paint.

Hours of operation:  Thursday-Sunday 1100-1730

 

Bridlewood Estate Winery

With a largely size tasting room, and a big outdoor area Bridlewood is best if you want to feel as though you can “get away from the crowds”.  Head outside to the lake, which overlooks hills and the vineyards.  Or head up to the rooftop for views over Los Olivos!

Hours of operation:  Sunday-Saturday 1100-1700

 

Roblar Winery

Perfect for a rainy day, cozy up in the intimate cottage like feel like Roblar has created.  Even complete with a fireplace!

Hours of operation:  Sunday-Saturday 1100-1700

 

Rusack

Further tucked away, Rusack is a place where you can feel as though you’ve truly “gotten away”.  Off the main streets in Los Olivos head here for an intimate experience with incredible views.

Hours of operation:  Sunday-Saturday 1100-1700

 

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

Like most of the other vineyards in Los Olivos, I enjoyed Sunstone because of the great indoor/outdoor atmosphere that they’ve created.  Head outside to enjoy the many picnic tables set up.

Hours of operation:  Sunday-Saturday 1100-1700

 

Vincent Vineyards

Head to Vincent for a different feel from the rest of the Los Olivos wineries.  It sits on acres of land, but you still feel very secluded and as though you’re in an intimate setting.  Instead of overlooking the valley, you’re tucked up and cozy with the grapes.

Hours of operation:  Sunday-Saturday 1200-1700

 

While there’s so much more to discover while wine tasting in Los Olivos, my hope is that this gives you a good starting place!

 

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Kylee splits her time between being a NICU nurse and solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for five years now. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – A vacation geared towards nurses aiming to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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