Los Olivos is a small town in California with a big reputation for wine. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, there are more than 30 Los Olivos Wine Tasting Rooms to visit. The area is best known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but you can also find some great Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Los Olivos is the perfect place to spend a day (or two) wine tasting. We regularly venture back to this cute town for a day out, trying new wineries and enjoying a nice wine country lunch. Unless you visit quite often, you’ll never run out of new places to try.
In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the best wineries and tasting rooms in Los Olivos. These are not all of the options, by any means. These are just the ones we’ve enjoyed the most. Everyone’s tastes are different, so we’re not discouraging you to visit the other options.
Our Favorite Los Olivos Wine Tasting Rooms
We always enjoy our tasting at Stolpman, for a number of reasons. First, the wine is great. They also have a great outdoor seating area with a mister for when it’s hot, and comfortable chairs from which to enjoy your tasting. Finally, the experience is top notch thanks to their helpful and friendly staff.
You can do a tasting of their regular wines on their patio, and you can also taste their carbonic maceration wines at their Fresh Garage Patio next door. This style of winemaking is becoming quite popular in the area. The grapes are fermented with native yeast, they are un-crushed in whole bunches. This makes light fruit wines softer and more approachable. They are served chilled.
Reservations are required, though we’ve walked up before and were not turned away.
Location: 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: 11am-4pm daily | Website
SAMsARA’s Los Olivos tasting room is located right next to Stolpman, so it should be your next stop. They produce limited releases of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and Chardonnay. Their grapes come from micro-sites in the Sta. Rita Hills and they have a low-intervention winemaking style, which allows the fruit to speak for itself. I also love that they are 100% solar powered.
You can taste either inside or outside on the patio. They tasting consists of 5 current releases for $25, with the fee being waived with a 2-bottle purchase. Reservations are recommended on the weekends and can be made on their website.
Location: 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm | Website
Owned by Andrew Murray, E11EVEN is his second label that focuses on hand-crafted wines that showcase the best of what they can do, using the best fruit from the vineyard. We were told that the name represents their goal of being better than 10. These wines take it to the next level – to level 11.
E11EVEN is also inspired by the movie Spinal Tap and Andrew’s love for music, which is very apparent from the label, the names of the wines, and the decor at the tasting room. We love this wine, especially the super fruity and punchy Petit Verdot and Petite Syrah. But the Sauvignon Blanc is also a favorite.
If you happen to go tasting at both Andrew Murray and E11EVEN, you can buy a ticket that gets you a $5 tasting rather than $25 at the second.
Location: 2974 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: 11am – 5pm daily | Website
Four Brothers Winery
This family-owned boutique winery is run by four brothers, each with their own skill set, who came together to form the winery. I really like this location in Los Olivos because of their lovely outdoor tasting garden. There’s plenty of space and lounge chairs to spread out and enjoy your tasting.
It retains its boutique uniqueness, which is definitely something special. They are also open a bit later, until 7pm, so it’s a great place to end your Los Olivos wine tasting before heading to dinner.
Location: 2935 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: 11am-7pm (Tues-Wed 6pm) daily | Website
Evan’s Ranch Winery
Evan’s Ranch Tasting Room in Los Olivos is run by the Gainey family. It’s a collection of six limited-production wines from standout lots on their estate vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. These wines are only available to wine club members and visitors to the tasting room.
The tasting room is right in the center of town and has indoor and outdoor seating. Tastings are $25 per person for 5 Evan’s Ranch wines. They also have the animal wine pourers for sale, which I love.
Location: 2901 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: Open daily; Mon-Thur 12pm – 5pm; Fri-Sun 11am to 5pm | Website
Epiphany & Fesstivity Bubble Shack
Epiphany houses two labels – Epiphany still wines and their Fesstivity sparkling line (both owned by Fess Parker). In the front you’ll find the tasting room for Epiphany and in the back is the Bubble Shack, which sounds cool but we were told they don’t use that shack anymore, sadly. You can try both wines in the main tasting room.
Choose between a classic tasting or a bubbles flight. You can sit inside or outside in their covered courtyard. The bubbles are quite good, done in the méthode champenoise style.
Location: 2974 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: 11am – 5pm daily | Website
After a day of wine tasting in the area, we were well aware that the Bien Nacido Estate is a world–class vineyard that produces highly acclaimed wines in the 90+ range and sells grapes from their 600 acres of planted vines (some of which were planted back in 1973) to many top brands in the area. We’d heard it a few times from various wineries. So it’s necessary to do a little tasting at the Bien Nacito winery to see how they are using their Estate grapes.
They are currently located in a beautiful house on the main street in Los Olivos. A tasting includes 5 the wines of your choice on their list, which includes wines from their sister vineyard, Solomon Hills. I highly recommend the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir, as these are what they are best known for. The extra acidity produced in the vineyard gives a great balance to the wines.
Location: 2963 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, Ca 93441
Hours: 10am – 5pm every day except closed on Tues and Wed | Website
Story of Soil
Story of Soil is must-visit for the story alone. It’s not only a woman-owned winery, but a small startup that led to the handcrafted production of small single varietal and single vineyard lots that really showcase the terroir or the soil the grapes were grown in.
Stop by the tasting room to try the current releases, especially the carbonic Grenache that adds an extra bit of uniqueness to the wine. We also really liked their Pinot Noir from the La Rinconada Vineyard in Sta Rita Hills. Most of the wines are produced in small 150-250 case lots.
Location: 2928 San Marcos Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: 11am to 5pm daily | Website
Tensley Wines is a family owned and operated winery focusing on Syrah from specific vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The wines have won many accolades and high points from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator over the years, and the winemaker, Joey Tensley, who launched the winery in 1998, is to thank for that, along with the high-quality Santa Barbara fruit.
A tasting of 5 wines is $10, which is one of the most reasonable tasting fees in the area. It’s waived with a 2 bottle purchase. I’d recommend the Syrah because that’s what they’re best known for, but you’ll also find some Rhone blends, Chardonnay, Rose, and a few others that rotate on the tasting menu.
Location: 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hours: 11am to 5pm every day | Website
Tin City Cider
Sometimes when you’re wine tasting, you just need something different to break up the richness of the wine. The perfect solution is Tin City Cider, located among the wine tasting rooms. This is the perfect intermission to clean your palate. No reservation is necessary and there are both indoor and outdoor seating areas from which to enjoy your cider tasting.
Many of our ciders are limited release so you might not find the same ones on tap that we did. You can purchase a glass, a pitcher, or a flight of 4 3oz pours. I recommend the flight so you can try a few different ones. We enjoyed the original, the Pear is Bueller, and the Liliko’i cider co-fermented with passionfruit.
Location: 2362 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos
Hours: Sunday thru Friday, 11-5PM & Saturday, 11-7PM | Website
Where to Stay in Los Olivos
One of the top places to stay in this small town is the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. If you can swing the higher price tag for this hotel, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re just staying for a night or two, because it’s the best location and will make for a very memorable stay.
Where to Eat in Los Olivos
Located at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, Nella Kitchen is a great place to go for either lunch or dinner. We rocked up at lunch and sat at the bar, had a fantastic time, and ate amazing food. There’s also a really great outdoor dining area and other dining rooms surrounding the bar.
You must try their Pinsas, which is a very airy flatbread pizza with fun ingredients. We had the sausage and potato (apologies that my photo didn’t turn out very well), and a delicious tomato salad. For dinner, I hear the Muscovy Duck is fantastic.
For lunch, a great quick stop is at Panino, which is right in the thick of the tasting rooms, so you’ll barely have to stumble out the door to be seated for lunch. Everyone in town will recommend this place for lunch, if you ask where to go.
They serve a wine variety of sandwiches, salads & soups. There’s a nice outdoor patio to sit and eat, if it’s not too busy. And it can get busy, so be prepared for a bit of a wait, particularly on the weekends.
If it’s great wine and a great wine country experience you’re after, you can’t go wrong with these Los Olivos Wine Tasting Rooms. It’s one of the cutest little towns and there is just an incredible abundance of great wine there. Well worth a day or a weekend trip.
Laura has spent lots of time exploring California’s cities, beaches, and national parks.