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Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail
Unlike here in the Okanagan, wine tastings in Santa Barbara cost much more. Expect to pay between $15-$30 per person. The tasting fee is waived (not always) if you purchase between 2-3 bottles.
Makes me appreciate home a bit more where wine is less acidic, tastings fall between $3-$15 and waived with one bottle purchase!
On the other hand, I’ve never been to a town like Santa Barbara. It is incredibly convenient that wineries have tasting rooms located downtown so you don’t have to book a 6-8 hour trek into the Santa Ynez Valley!
If you want to save some money on tastings, and you plan on visiting more than 5 wineries during your stay, get the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail membership card at $150 per person. The membership card includes wine tastings at 28 possible wineries and 10% off your purchases at each of the wineries.
To be frank, we didn’t purchase the membership card. I traveled with a group of 4 and we really wish we did! We hit about 12 wineries during our 3 day stay. We ended up spending an average of approximately $20 per winery just for tastings.
$20 x 12 wineries = $240 per person.
SB Urban Wine Trail = $150 per person
We could have saved about $100 per person!
With the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail you can explore the Funk Zone (the length of Anacapa St) & historical El Paseo all within a short walking distance of each other.
This isn’t an ad, this isn’t any sort of paid promotion, this is a cautionary tale that I hope you can learn from.
If you don’t plan on visiting as many wineries as we did you can also opt for fewer options and less expensive DIY wine tasting walking tours available at Viator.com