Tasting room hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily, last pour 4:30pm. Reservations required for groups of 8 or more, call 805-688-0558 ext 106.
Why go: Very good Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varietals, plus great Chardonnay, all moderately priced.
Gainey Vineyard is a family operated winery that produces some of the best estate bottled wines in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley wine country (location used in the cult wine movie classic Sideways). Enter through the retail area and you’ll be matched up with a tasting host. Tasting takes place in an adjacent former barrel room that now contains historical displays with photos of the original Gainey farm, which began operating in 1962 (photo right). The standard tasting flight of 6 wines includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The retail space, museum and grounds are meticulously laid-out and well maintained, but the atmosphere is wine country friendly and unpretentious. Picnic tables offer a great place to sip and enjoy the Santa Ynez Valley view.
There are several good tasting rooms in the area, but don’t miss Gainey Vineyard while you’re there.
Click for more photos and summary of my last visit to Gainey Vineyard.