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A Santa Ynez Valley Experience

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TASTE News Service, September 12, 2018 — Fall in the Santa Ynez Valley is a time when the region's relaxed and welcoming wine country vibe is enhanced by the energy and freshness of the California Central Coast's harvest season.

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Also known as the wine country of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is six communities encompassing everything from classic California wine country to Northern European traditions to the very best of the Old West. It's also home to more than 100 wineries, and has long been a trendsetter as a wine, culinary, and cultural destination.  

During fall a new experience emerges. The bounty of grapes from the valley's vineyards are picked, sorted, and pressed, then left to age as they transform into the latest vintage of award-winning wines. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine sourced from local farms, ranches, and the bounty of the Pacific Ocean. Or unwind while soaking in the history of a region influenced by people and cultures ranging from Native Americans and Catholic missionaries, to cowboys and Europeans.

 

"The Santa Ynez Valley is a year-round destination, but there is an undeniable energy in fall with the anticipation and excitement of harvest," said Shelby Sim, CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. "With fall's combination of ideal weather and a slower pace, coupled with opportunities to meet and mingle with winemakers or talk food with local chefs, it's no wonder travelers are increasingly interested in visiting this time of year."

The fall events calendar has shaped up, too. The list of unique events includes Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest (Oct. 1-31), The Great Grape Stomp at Kalyra Winery (Oct. 13), the inaugural Solvang Grape Stomp (Oct. 13), Los Olivos Day in the Country (Oct. 20), and of course, Solvang Julefest in December. A complete calendar of fall and other events can be found on the Visit SYV events page.

Whether a traveler's sense of adventure includes cycling through vineyards and mountain hikes with ocean views, a more casual approach defined by days spent wine tasting and shopping, or a little bit of all of it, it's all right here.

Planning a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley is simple at visitsyv.com, where visitors can research events and attractions, book lodging and activities, and create custom travel itineraries.

 

About the Santa Ynez Valley:

About two hours north from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley feels worlds apart from both. With six distinct communities encompassing everything from classic California wine country to Northern European traditions to the best of the Old West, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to endless possibilities. Here in and around the towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang visitors will find more than 100 wineries,plenty of food options,   special events and a uniqu and, rich heritage. For more information, including a complete listing of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, go to VisitSYV.com.

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