The secret is out … the rolling hills around Lompoc are producing some of California’s best wines.

The Sta. Rita Hills wine growing region, situated between Lompoc and Buellton, is recognized internationally for its award-winning wines. In summer, while most of Santa Barbara County is basking in high temperatures, the geography of the Sta. Rita Hills funnels cool maritime fog from the coast up the valley, creating the ideal climate for growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

Start your tasting in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – a collection 20 or so tasting rooms in a semi-industrial office park – where you can sample some of the best the Sta. Rita Hills region has to offer. Continue along Highway 246 and Santa Rosa Road to visit more Lompoc tasting rooms and the larger Estate Wineries and Vineyards.

With more than 30 wine tasting rooms and wineries to choose from along the Lompoc Wine Trail, you’ll probably want to spend at least two days in Lompoc. Discover why Sunset Magazine has named Lompoc “the new wine country.”