Enjoy a long spring weekend with wine, food, live music and more!
Whether you’re near or far, the annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival weekend attracts wine lovers from all over for an opportunity to meet vintners, taste wines and enjoy great food and music.
Celebrating its 31st year, the main event will be held for the very first time at Mission Santa Ines, where the very first Vintners’ Festival was held! The highlight of the weekend is, of course, the wine. Every one of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association’s 100+ member wineries will come together to present their wines, and they’re often poured by the winemakers themselves! The member wineries will also have their own open houses, winemaker dinners and special tastings throughout the weekend.
In addition to the amazing varieties of wines for you to taste, the Festival will also present samples of the best local foods from restaurants, caterers and gourmet food companies like Avant Tapas & Wine, Luna Olivo and Valley Grind. Other features will include complimentary hand and arm massages, a photo booth and live music with two great bands that will have toes tapping and bodies moving. And the annual favorite—the Silent Auction—will be returning, which benefits the Allan Hancock Viticulture/Enology Scholarship Program. And all of this is included in the price of your festival ticket!
Want to get the most out of your Festival experience? Then you might want to invest in the Vintners’ Visa. “The Vintners’ Visa [passport] extends the spring festival weekend by allowing the ticket holder to visit and taste 12 participating wineries from Friday through Monday,” the Association said. Guests will have the opportunity to choose from 25-40 participating wineries.
So whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a foodie or both, the Santa Barbara Country Vintners’ Festival is just the event to celebrate the things you love.
About the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival Weekend
In 1983, seventeen Santa Barbara County wineries organized by Bob Lindquist and Deborah Brown held their first wine tasting festival on the lawn in front of historic Mission Santa Ines. Thirty years and over one hundred new wineries and vineyards later, the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival returns to the city of Solvang…in an annual rite of spring designed to heighten public awareness by showcasing the award winning wines, which are grown, produced and bottled locally. (www.sbcountywines.com)
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Dates: April 19-22, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Mission Santa Ines 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
WHERE TO STAY
Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
A fantasy of cottages, chateau suites and deluxe guest rooms in the heart of Solvang. 1564 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. 1-800-824-6444