Stretching for over 50 miles, Santa Barbara County encompasses traversing valleys, rolling hills, coastal mountains, and sandy shorelines. As the coastline jets inland, the mountains find themselves situated in a rather unusual orientation: from west to east. This unique topography opens up the valleys of the wine region to the Pacific Ocean, allowing for cooler temperatures, morning fog, and ocean breezes to filter through the mountains. Considered one of the coolest wine growing climates on the planet, Santa Barbara County is known for producing grapes with a longer ‘hang time’ (left on the vine for longer), which – along with distinct soils and geological traits – have led to world-class wines that rival even those of the French. Wine lovers, rejoice: here is your ultimate guide.