Santa Maria Valley features a collection of tasting rooms amid agricultural panoramas. The roads in this region are rural, and we have found ourselves lost on a few occasions. Download our wine map ahead of time because there is no cellular reception. If you are traveling without an appointment we recommend Presqu'ile or Rancho Sisquoc. If you are creating an itinerary with advanced notice make an appointment with Byron by Nelson. The tasting rooms in region do not offer food service, but welcome outside food. If you are looking for the back roads experience many of these locations will reward you with indoor seating, patio areas and a spot at the bar.
Los Alamos can be accessed from Highway 101 and features a small collection of tasting rooms along Bell Street, or California Route 135. Los Alamos downtown features historic buildings and amenities can be sparse if you come during slow hours. We recommend the Collins Market Deli, if you did not pack a lunch. Los Alamos is now home to family run tasting rooms like Casa Dumez Wines and Santa Barbara labels like Municipal Wine Makers.
The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail begins in the Santa Maria Valley AVA on Foxen Canyon Road and ends in Santa Ynez Valley AVA on Zaca Station Road. Tasting rooms welcome walk-in patrons and host open air patios for outside food. Many of these locations are beginner friendly and feature relaxed staff and attitudes. The link below features the wineries along the trail. For a full listing of Santa Maria wineries please use our search feature.