Santa Barbara Winery is one of the largest and certainly the oldest winery in the county. Started in 1962 by Pierre Lafond (who has since opened another winery, as well as restaurants and shops in the area), it was the first winery to open in Santa Barbara since prohibition. Back then, its grapes were shipped from northern California.
Lafond also planted the first vineyard in the region in 1964. Today, Santa Barbara Winery makes a wide variety of wines, from the chardonnays, pinot noirs, and syrahs the region is best known for to less common varietals like langrein and primativo. Just behind the busy tasting room, its range of white wines are made, and on weekends you can try wines like their Great Oaks sauvignon blanc, which has citrus blossom aromas and hints of grapefruit, at tables set up among the casks.