If you guessed Santa Barbara County, you're correct. This California Wine Tourism  postcard-perfect view is of Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. Visually distinctive because of the high mountains, Santa Barbara County has wine valleys that run east-west instead of the usual north-south orientation of California valleys. This allows for the valleys to open directly to the cooling Pacific Ocean, and although several hundred miles south of Napa Valley, Santa Barbara County is California's coolest wine region. This makes it ideal for cool climate grapes such as the prized pino noir (and the Sta. Rita Hills AVA has the most expensive pinot noir grapes in the country). Made famous in the movie, Sideways, Santa Barbara County has numerous tasting rooms in Los Olivos, as well as top-notch wineries like Foxen Winery, Loincourt Vineyards and the Australian-influenced, Kalyra Winery.
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