Santa Barbara Wine Country Geography
The unique orientation of the geography and proximity to the ocean make this area perfect for growing grapes. Our Santa Maria Valley runs east to west instead of the more common north to south, so cool ocean air and fog are funneled in and cooling the area all year long.
Sub-Regions of the Santa Barbara Wine Region
The Santa Ynez AVA and Happy Canyon, on the eastern part of the county, are blocked by mountains which makes them warmer overall. A new sub region is called Ballard Canyon — a small pocket in Santa Ynez that specializes in really amazing Syrah. Santa Barbara is currently home to the Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Santa Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon and Happy Canyon AVAs, with a few more in the works.